Your Smartphone Can Take Your Secret Pictures Unwantedly

I am sure that when you have read the title of this article it will sound like science-shock or fiction. I have just read this article on Forbes website and I decided to share it with all users.

Just imagine what your expression is when you see your photos changing dress in your bedroom or you are in bathroom on Facebook or any other website. You are sure that you have never taken such pictures. Then who is spying you? And after wards you come to know that this is own your smart-phone who is spying on you. You discover that your smart-phone had been furtively taking pictures of you at times when you thought the camera was off. And not just taking the pictures but also forwarding the important and private photos to some anonymous stranger.

But you have to relax as this has not happen till yet, but it is in fact achievable in today’s technology world with the help of cleverly-developed malware. Recently in an experiment researchers designed one tentative piece of such malware, which has ability to exist for several months. This piece of malware is developed to test the possibility of mapping the inside of apartments via photos. This was specially developed to perform process that could make easy attacking or burglarizing a feature.

But today people are getting so expert in technology that even a person doesn’t know anything about technology can create small virus by just goggling for half an hour. So just think that if someone creates similar malware with the help of present technology, what will you do?  What happen if someone creates a malware which repetitively take pictures or video and send to their developer, who are sitting at home and enjoying your privacy? If we just think about the number or percentage of users who have habit of using their phones or like to take their phones into their bedrooms, bathrooms, and other areas in which they usually do not want to be photographed. If such malware developed it will set almost the total adult and teen people of the World at danger of serious discomfiture.

Even without the flesh-tone testing ability, smart-phone malware that shares secretly taken photographs clearly poses severe privacy risks. But if you are have antivirus or malware scanner on your device you have less to worry. Mobile malware scanner or mobile antivirus software is not resistant to failure like any other devices security technology. Comparing to laptop and pc security software mobile security technology is far less mature and strong. Mobile structural design allows same port (e.g., micro-USB, Apple dock connector, etc.) for charging and for communications due to which risk of malware spreading take place whenever someone make use of a charger. In addition laptop and pc users also auto-updates from only major software providers and also from unknown software providers, if provider is compromised, malware disguised as a feature within a new release can potentially spread to many users. If we see from realistic view desktop computer and laptop cameras are far less likely to be in positions to accidentally capture sensitive activities than Smartphone cameras.

What To Do To Avoid This?

It is best to run, but not to rely on, mobile security software. Keep the phone out of sensitive areas, and if you must bring it in, block the camera’s view when it is not in use. Smartphone’s are not allowed into sensitive areas – even if the phones are off. A recording device simply cannot be trusted not to be recording. Of course, such an approach is not practical for many people. So, ensure that the camera cannot take pictures when you do not want it to, by putting the phone in a case, bag, pocket, or drawer that covers the camera whenever it is not supposed to function. Alternatively, or as an additional line of defense, you can put a small piece of an opaque sticky-note over the camera.