Is your Android call and SMS data safe?

Is your Android call and SMS data safe?

It’s normal for mobile phones to store users’ call and text logs. Android users, however, might be surprised to know that Facebook has been collecting their call history and SMS data for years. Should you be worried?

How Facebook’s data-collecting activities were discovered

Software developer Dylan McKay realized Facebook had been collecting his call records and SMS metadata when he downloaded his Facebook account data from his Android device (to do this, go to General > Settings). When he tweeted about it, several users responded that the same thing happened to them, while others revealed that only call histories with close contacts such as parents, partners, and other family members were collected.

Google adds phishing defenses for Android

Google adds phishing defenses for Android

Although hackers are known for unleashing a host of malware to infiltrate critical networks and devices, phishing emails are their most effective attack method. This scam preys on the trust of computer users with seemingly innocuous emails that request for login credentials or prompt a file download.

Reasons to back up your mobile devices

Reasons to back up your mobile devices

It makes a lot of sense for electronics firms to pack a variety of functions into mobile devices and expand their usefulness. Instead of confining their use to communications, companies such as Apple, Samsung, and others have turned mobile phones into mini-computers that can serve as a substitute for your laptop, or as a storage device.