Saturday, April 23, 2011

iPhone and Android smartphones track and store your locations

Got an iPhone or iPad ?
You would be surprised to know that iPho is regularly tracking down your location. What makes the situation more worst and worrying is that is the file is unencrypted and unprotected, and it's on any machine you've synched with your iOS device. Anybody with access to this file knows where you've been over the last year, since iOS 4 was released.

Is it really dangerous? May be not, look at following link
for more information:

Android is tracking your location too:
A security researcher has discovered that smartphones running Google's Android operating system are tracking users' locations and storing that data in files on the phone. This news comes only days after it became widely known that a similar file on Apple's iPhone also logs a complete history of users' travels by way of timestamped latitude and longitude coordinates.

Two files called cache.cell and cache.wifi located in the /data/data/ directory on Android phones contain records of the last 50 cell towers the device has communicated with and the last 200 Wi-Fi networks the phone has discovered, respectively.
However, unlike the file found on the iPhone, this data is overwritten as the files become full. Accessing the file also requires full administrator privileges (aka, "root" access) to the device in question.

Is this really invasion of privacy?
Can this information be misused in future?

Question is what should be done now, good thing is, this has caught public's eye. Lets see what is smartphone makers next move.

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