March 7, 2011

Cell Phones: How Private Are They Really?

Filed under: Cell Phones — publicandprivatespace @ 12:54 am

By Hilario Cabrera

Cell phones have become part of our daily life. Whether we use them to talk to people or communicate through text message. We are always aware of our phones and we are constantly checking them Doesn’t matter where we are, we could either be in church, school, bed etc. we have become attached to our cell phones in ways that would of never been thought off when this devices first came about.

today mostly everyone owns a cell phone and is able to fit in their jeans pocket without anyone even noticing it. Our dependability on these little devices has pushed us to use it in public places without noticing the people surrounding us. Some people can have some really private conversation in a public place filled with other people and act as if no one could hear the conversation they are having, Even though everyone is able to her the person talking. Some people don’t mind having to listen to some people talk on their phone because they do it their selves sometimes. But not everyone shares such points of view.

Some people believe that phone jammers should be used in some places like churches, schools or in private properties if they choose to, in order to stop people from using their devices and disrupting other people in these places. But this theory cannot be tested since the use of cell phone jammers is illegal here in the U.S. but it is legal in other countries. So in order for the phones jammers to become legal here, a lot of people would have to petition for the use of the jammers, but it would be really hard to regulate the use of such devices so it is most likely that they will remain illegal and people will just have to deal with careless people invading the public space.

The use of cell phones in modern society is very common, but most people are not aware of the amount of information being shared by their devices while they are in use. Now days cell phones have evolved to the point of being able to connect to the Internet and be personal pocket computers, but how personal are they really? And the answer to that question would be, not personal at all. The ability to use the cell phones to surf the web allows outside sources to know in what basic area we are. Or what we are looking at which allows them to personalize what adds to send us. Some of the new phone apps also give out information about us, and our phones to advertising companies without us even knowing or being able to stop them from doing so. Some of the info can be our phone numbers, gender, age and if we have a new smart phone that we use to search the web and enter personal information they could be able to get a hold of it too. It would be recommended that before acquiring any cell phone apps, we read the warnings or terms or use that some of them come with, and stop the ones that request access to our personal information like access to our contact list. Also, it is recommended that when you don’t plan on using your cell phone, and don’t want to be contacted, then turn your phone off And prevent unwanted people or organizations from tracking you.

The apps are not the only ones who have access to our locations, one agency that has access to our cell phones is the emergency 911 number. If we were to call them, they would be able to spot our location very accurately within seconds. Or even if we didn’t call them, but someone called us missing or kidnapped for example, they could look up our number and if the phone is on, they would be able to see where the phone is therefore telling them where we are. But is that the only occasions they look up our locations? What if someone just wanted to see where we are and had access to that technology, they would be able to see exactly where we are at any given time and we would not be able to do anything about it since we cannot turn off the emergency locator. So as long as our phones are on, we are always vulnerable to being tracked by someone with the technology, without us being able to prevent this from happening.

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