Cell phone tracking

How do you feel about this? From an NYTimes article, Privacy Lost: These Phones Can Find You:

Two new questions arise, courtesy of the latest advancement in cellphone technology: Do you want your friends, family, or colleagues to know where you are at any given time? And do you want to know where they are?

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  1. Comment by COFY — 10 November 2007 @ 10:51 pm

    This is kind of in line with the advances made in mobile internet connections. As with the article here about high speed internet from the passenger seat of a car. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/11/automobiles/11WEB.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    Also hits toward the issue of internet on city buses and metros.

    What implications do these increases in access mean for privacy? If someone has the right tools and knowledge to pick up your signal, can they get access to your computer/PDA more easily?

  2. Comment by Ian Saxon — 11 November 2007 @ 1:26 pm

    COFY, that’s a good question, and I have to admit that I don’t know how to answer it.

    I’ll keep an eye out for information related to wireless security issues.

  3. Comment by COFY — 23 November 2007 @ 9:24 am

    What about users who have internet on their cell phones: is the data stored in the cell phones connected to the web more susceptible to access by a hacker?

  4. Comment by Ian Saxon — 23 November 2007 @ 6:17 pm

    Hi COFY,

    I have to preface this by saying that I’m not a wireless security expert, but I’ll tell you what I think is most likely the case.

    When it comes to wireless technology (wireless laptop connections, cell phone internet connections, etc.), the biggest potential problem is probably data interception. So if you login to your bank’s website in a WiFi coffee shop, someone could potentially evesdrop as the data is sent out and, in the process, discover your username and password.

    Hacking is probably a lesser concern because of the limited amount of time that a hacker would have access to your signal (unless he’s really good at following you, I suppose).

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