Your mobile phone reveals more about you than you realise

This infographic was brought to our attention as a news tip from its creator. Another application that is available for smartphones, but was unfortunately not listed, is Cerberus. Cerberus is available for both Android and iOS, and allows you to do a multitude of different things to discourage a thief from taking your property. This infographic was originally posted on BackgroundCheck.org, hence the logo in the corner of the image.

Information displayed here is very worthwhile to consider, for it may be what helps you prevent permanent loss of your phone. While some people may not choose to hand the phone in, it seems that at least a decent amount of the community would attempt to get it back to its original owner.

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What if you have one of those OS-exclusive phones & your parents don't allow you to download the few crippled apps it has cuz it weighs too much on the bill for it?

So.. if the person who finds the phone, clean installs the OS... there's no chance ... i'm guessing.
Clean install iOS... on android, Whipe davlik cache and apps and shove another rom... and it's history..

virtorio said,
My phone would reveal I spend a fair amount of time playing Pacman Champion Edition DX
LoL. Mine would reveal he replies back to a lot of company emails and occasionally posts on social media *gasp* what a borning lad.

It just amazes me that people can actually put down & lose a phone. I've had a mobile phone since 1995, and haven't lost one yet. People are just careless & stupid.

naap51stang said,
It just amazes me that people can actually put down & lose a phone. I've had a mobile phone since 1995, and haven't lost one yet. People are just careless & stupid.

Yes, they put their phone down and lose it on purpose. Guess you're better than everyone else.

naap51stang said,
It just amazes me that people can actually put down & lose a phone. I've had a mobile phone since 1995, and haven't lost one yet. People are just careless & stupid.

Well, this article should point out that it's probably more likely your phone is stolen than lost.

Because of work, I wear a BT...if I were to leave it, the beeping sound it makes (like when I leave it in the car charger, run into the office and back out) would let me know that I left it somewhere.
And I am better than most...I haven't LOST my phone!

Dinggus said,

Yes, they put their phone down and lose it on purpose. Guess you're better than everyone else.

Anyone know more about ICS "Encrypt phone" thingamajig? I went back to 2.3 because Desire isn't really cut out for ICS, didn't try it myself, but this is something I'd want to know more about later, and internets really doesn't say much.
The only thing required in that case would be a remote power-off. I think it even encrypts all SD card data.

I think this should be changed to 'Smartphone' not 'Mobile phone'. My 2005 sony ericsson doesn't really reveal anything about me, and it's got various patches so it's not actually usable if it's stolen, not that anyone would actually steal it anyway.

FoxieFoxie said,
Use Windows Phone if you care about privacy, unlike someone who wants to access all your data and display relevant ads

me thinks winphone and iphone are near equivalent in this matter, either is a good choice - only android has google for security :-D

FoxieFoxie said,
Use Windows Phone if you care about privacy, unlike someone who wants to access all your data and display relevant ads

Blackberry is for security. Sorry.

UndergroundWire said,

Blackberry is for security. Sorry.

Yes, I said if you care about privacy

As for security, this will change with WP8 when hardware encryption is available

UndergroundWire said,

Blackberry is for security. Sorry.

bb is sorry too, 'cause after the little problem they had with bis… but either way the point is: youre better off with anything, only bad choice is android

Morden said,

bb is sorry too, 'cause after the little problem they had with bis… but either way the point is: youre better off with anything, only bad choice is android

Your too funny. Someone is a little jealous of Androids success? Oh well. Maybe one day Windows Phone will be number 3 (by default if Blackberry fails).

FoxieFoxie said,

Yes, I said if you care about privacy

As for security, this will change with WP8 when hardware encryption is available

I'm sorry. I don't speak tin foil.

UndergroundWire said,

Your too funny. Someone is a little jealous of Androids success? Oh well. Maybe one day Windows Phone will be number 3 (by default if Blackberry fails).

I don't care about market share until I can buy what I want - and I would even buy an MTK device before android

for one, I don't like that it has no original idea just stolen an ripped off stuff - and even the copycat thing they do badly like a cheap Chinese copy, just look at the UI... and for two, i'd never trust Google with a single phone number

UndergroundWire said,

Your too funny. Someone is a little jealous of Androids success? Oh well. Maybe one day Windows Phone will be number 3 (by default if Blackberry fails).


*you're

Enron said,

He's too busy being controversial to check his grammar right now, sorry.

I write without checking. Sorry. But if spelling or grammar is the only thing you can criticize then you really have nothing to say

Morden said,
use windows phone... you lose it just lock or wipe it from a computer

The iPhone has a similar feature. Also any Android, iPhone or Windows Phone can be remotely wiped if it is connected to an exchange server.

Lastly, if your phone doesn't have a password or it has an external SD card, you'll be prone to snoopers.

UndergroundWire said,

The iPhone has a similar feature. Also any Android, iPhone or Windows Phone can be remotely wiped if it is connected to an exchange server.

Lastly, if your phone doesn't have a password or it has an external SD card, you'll be prone to snoopers.

I don't really know android has the same feature without any 3rd party app, does it? so you can lock/wipe the device via some google website with your google account?

Morden said,

I don't really know android has the same feature without any 3rd party app, does it? so you can lock/wipe the device via some google website with your google account?


You missed completely what I said. Via an Exchange Account. It's not third party.

UndergroundWire said,

You missed completely what I said. Via an Exchange Account. It's not third party.

that I know of but youre talking about company environment - im talking about a joe anybody who can lock or wipe the stolen device clean as soon as live.com can be accessed and its free of charge or does not need any application

can android do that? I really don't know

Morden said,

that I know of but youre talking about company environment - im talking about a joe anybody who can lock or wipe the stolen device clean as soon as live.com can be accessed and its free of charge or does not need any application

can android do that? I really don't know

No absolutely not. Android is like the Wild West. Only the strong survive. If a user that has no clue, they need the Utopian Society product, the iPhone. That phone is perfect for them.

UndergroundWire said,

No absolutely not. Android is like the Wild West. Only the strong survive. If a user that has no clue, they need the Utopian Society product, the iPhone. That phone is perfect for them.

I know android is crap but thanks for answering my original question

Morden said,

I know android is crap but thanks for answering my original question


Got love that crap has the biggest market share. But then again looking at tiles on a phone, that is just completely crap buried by more complete crap.

Morden said,
use windows phone... you lose it just lock or wipe it from a computer

What if they do pull out the SIM right away? No more 'remote wiping"...…
You need Bit Locker or other hardware encryption which WP7 does not support......; yes I am aware that this functionality will, supposedly, be available in WP 8 but in the meantime if you want to be really safe.......... use WM.

UndergroundWire said,

Got love that crap has the biggest market share. But then again looking at tiles on a phone, that is just completely crap buried by more complete crap.

android is the new Symbian so it will lead the market until comes another crap that can be put onto every cheap toaster... or it will implode under the combined pressure of security problems, privacy concerns and the patent infringements they continuously do

so yeah, android do have the biggest market share, its cheap crap like pacific rim cars

UndergroundWire said,
....it has an external SD card, you'll be prone to snoopers.

WP7 expandable storage doesn't have this problem.
Too bad the Focus was the only device.

UndergroundWire said,

The iPhone has a similar feature. Also any Android, iPhone or Windows Phone can be remotely wiped if it is connected to an exchange server.

that's a big "if" you know.

Lastly, if your phone doesn't have a password or it has an external SD card, you'll be prone to snoopers.

some WP devices do use microSD cards as storage, but you can't access the data on it once you pull out the card from the phone.

Fritzly said,
What if they do pull out the SIM right away? No more 'remote wiping"...…

still as soon as another SIM inserted of Wi-Fi is used, data connection will be resumed. so only if someone knows that and immediately turns off all means for internet connection, wipes the phone - then they can use it and won't be caught. also, in attempt to transfer the pictures and stuff to computer, one will enable internet connection available from PC.

х.iso said,

that's a big "if" you know.


some WP devices do use microSD cards as storage, but you can't access the data on it once you pull out the card from the phone.


still as soon as another SIM inserted of Wi-Fi is used, data connection will be resumed. so only if someone knows that and immediately turns off all means for internet connection, wipes the phone - then they can use it and won't be caught. also, in attempt to transfer the pictures and stuff to computer, one will enable internet connection available from PC.


You do realize the SD Card was just a general statement for Android devices. Luckily a lot of the new devices are not carrying them anymore. Did you see my other statement? Android is like the Wild West, only the strong survive. Luckily for me, I've always known what I was doing on my device. Never had malware or security breaches. Never left my phone anywhere. Because I have a brain. If you don't, the best platform for everybody else is the iPhone (no doubt about that).

UndergroundWire said,

You do realize the SD Card was just a general statement for Android devices. Luckily a lot of the new devices are not carrying them anymore.

you do realize that not only Android devices have SD card slots and not only Android devices are in question about security? also remind you that first comment is about windows phone.
Did you see my other statement? Android is like the Wild West, only the strong survive.

yeah, that was pretty dumb statement (sorry).
Never left my phone anywhere. Because I have a brain.

ever heard about stealing? never happened to me (as well as leaving phone somewhere), but I'm at least aware about this possibility even if a chance seems to be close to zero.

in the end it isn't about being smart or dumb, it's about included tools that may help in case one loses the phone.

х.iso said,

still as soon as another SIM inserted of Wi-Fi is used, data connection will be resumed. so only if someone knows that and immediately turns off all means for internet connection, wipes the phone - then they can use it and won't be caught. also, in attempt to transfer the pictures and stuff to computer, one will enable internet connection available from PC.

Indeed but the concern is not so much with people snooping in your pictures as well as professionals looking for classified documents.
Remember when in 2001 In 2001, Proctor & Gamble was caught dumpster diving at Unilever's Chicago offices looking for industrial secrets.

Granted technically speaking it is also possible to change the IMEI of a phone but it is beyond the ability of a casual thief picking up a phone left on a chair.

х.iso said,

you do realize that not only Android devices have SD card slots and not only Android devices are in question about security? also remind you that first comment is about windows phone.

yeah, that was pretty dumb statement (sorry).

ever heard about stealing? never happened to me (as well as leaving phone somewhere), but I'm at least aware about this possibility even if a chance seems to be close to zero.

in the end it isn't about being smart or dumb, it's about included tools that may help in case one loses the phone.

Let's face it, the biggest Smartphone OS being used now are iOS and Android. iOS doesn't have SD Cards so clearly I was talking about Google.

2nd, that statement I made applies to me. To say my statement is dumb is pretty ridiculous. Do I think people are idiots for using the same password on everything? YES! Do I think people answering their security questions on various sites honestly is pretty dumb? Yes. I just have a brain and know how to prevent things. My phone never leaves my side. It has never been left anywhere by accident, it has never been stolen, I always used a pattern lock on my phone and I never leave anything sensitive on my SD Card, Now that I have a 32GB Galaxy Nexus, I don't have to worry about the SD Card. Because I used my brain, I don't have to worry about my security concerns.

I'm sorry if my personal experiences have offended you. I always forget that on this site I shouldn't share MY experiences because there might be a crybaby reading it. I sincerely apologize.

UndergroundWire said,

Let's face it, the biggest Smartphone OS being used now are iOS and Android. iOS doesn't have SD Cards so clearly I was talking about Google.

and I didn't had to talk only about Android even if you clearly was only talking about it. after all, not matter what platform dominates the market (and it depends on country) in real world people still use all kinds of OS'es. doesn't hurt to mention something besides Android.

To say my statement is dumb is pretty ridiculous.

I just think using words like "Wild West" and "survival" is dumb in given context. Having different passwords etc is a normal thing. I know a lot of non-advanced users that do so.

I just have a brain and know how to prevent things. My phone never leaves my side. It has never been left anywhere by accident, it has never been stolen, I always used a pattern lock on my phone and I never leave anything sensitive on my SD Card, Now that I have a 32GB Galaxy Nexus, I don't have to worry about the SD Card. Because I used my brain, I don't have to worry about my security concerns.

I'm sorry if my personal experiences have offended you. I always forget that on this site I shouldn't share MY experiences because there might be a crybaby reading it. I sincerely apologize.


you're just making fool of yourself sometimes by looking down on people over trivial matter. I doubt that there are people here who would feel offended by this.

bye

Edited by x.iso, Apr 17 2012, 1:05pm :

х.iso said,
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Clearly my words got to you. So Android is not like the Wild West? Please explain. I like looking like fool then if I am doing the right thing. I got no problem with what you said there. So thank you.