Smartphones can pretty much do everything for us these days, and there’s a lot that we just accept without really questioning. Case in point, our smartphone location services. We’ve all either read or heard about how our location can be tracked without our knowledge in some form or another, but a recent New York Times experiment put just how freakishly accurate smartphone tracking can be.
The popular publication illustrated just how easy it is for you to track anyone you want by tracking none other than the POTUS himself, Donald Trump. How on earth did they manage to do that you ask? Well it’s quite ingenious really.
New: Today's piece from @stuartathompson and me is about the national security risks in smartphone tracking. No one is exempt. Not even @realDonaldTrump. It took minutes to find a phone that we believe belonged to a Secret Service agent traveling w/ Trump. https://t.co/NaT0hAtYdO pic.twitter.com/Bq1BtzYw7K
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) December 20, 2019
What they did was track a smartphone that they suspected belonged to a member of the Secret Service and voila! Apparently this agent’s particular vulnerability was an app collecting and sharing his data, so there you have it. If it’s that easy to access the whereabouts of Secret Service agents, imagine how easy it’d be for hackers to track you.
According to the New York Times, this location data is currently being harvested and sold online LEGALLY, which in my opinion is an even more frightening thought.
I mean, yeah you may be thinking why would anyone want to track a nobody like me, but its rather frightening to think of all the data on you that’s available online should someone want to access it. Buying patterns, frequented locations, the things you like, the movies you watch, the content you’re reading; it’s all there.
Check out the full story here.