The government is watching your phone and computer like tracks in the snow. Even Lenovo, which promised to keep its hardware secure for users is reluctantly admitting that it had a tracking backdoor in its products all along. Tracking technology has so many negative implications– even beyond government snoops. There is an increased chance of hacking inherent in these backdoors, leaving users’ information vulnerable.
So with all of these problems growing and consumers more aware of their information being streamed across the world, what could be done? Apple’s making waves with what it calls a secure system and by not allowing government spies in their systems. There’s now open source software to allow secure messaging with Open Whisper Systems. WhatsApp seems dedicated to security, although it is not completely secure.
Following in Google’s footsteps, Android is not far behind. Underlying all of these security concerns, the next Android OS is encrypted. Such an advance should replace many older versions of Droid software over the next several years, further safeguarding future consumers. Still– several years is a long way away.
Of course, the original encrypting pioneer, Blackberry is still out there. Their encrypting efforts go back years and have yet to be involved in a major breach. Their brand has been so secure that they have been criticized by a former NSA official as so secure as to reduce sales. The argument went that Blackberry’s products could not be spied upon by governments– sounds like a selling point. In fact, Blackberry phones are so secure they’re the only ones that the President can use. The President, of course, is in his own hot water for directing much of the phone snooping while preaching openness, leading to criticism recently seen in the Washington Post.
Whatever the case may be, there are many factors at play– all of which do or will affect the consumer. Making sure that your information is secure should be a top priority, especially as new information about hacking or government spying comes out every month. In this increasingly smaller world, keep your data yours and only yours.