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Android Apps secretly track users via inaudible beacons

     
7:01 pm on May 8, 2017 (gmt 0)

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An increasing number of Android applications are attempting to track users without their knowledge, according to a new report.

Over recent years, companies have started hiding “beacons”, ultrasonic audio signals inaudible to humans, in their adverts, in order to track devices and learn more about their owners.

Electronic devices equipped with microphones can register these sounds, allowing advertisers to uncover their location and work out what kind of ads their owners watch on TV and which other devices they own.

The technique can even be used to de-anonymise Tor users.

[independent.co.uk...]

One more reason to put tape over that mic when not using the device! Or get rid of it NOT! Seems like cell phones are here to stay and pretty soon will be issued at birth as a tracking device (tin foil hat stuff, or amusement with some truth involved?).
6:41 am on May 12, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Pretty cleavor really. Seems most of the innovations come from greed or war, which is greed driven.
7:21 am on May 12, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Or more likely it is ... POWER over OTHERS! Bwahahahahaha!

If they were clever, they wouldn't have been caught. :)
10:09 am on Aug 4, 2017 (gmt 0)

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hi it is like permissions in apps ?
3 days ago i did buy xiaomi redmi note 4 global snapdragon 625 and i like future that instaling app u don't need accept permissions and when lounching app its show you one after one all permissions that app need if you thing its not needed like location you can deny that and still be able lounch that app
i hope its help :)
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Hello white52 and welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com]
10:13 am on Aug 4, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Thx :) glad to join this big family