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« on: April 11, 2017, 09:56:47 PM »

I did not know where to put this post, but as it is
good information, I am sure one of your mods; will be able to find a correct place for it!

As you tap away on your mobile phone, you need to be careful. you could be giving away
your private banking details-simply by the way you use your phone.

Hackers have found a way to extract information from every move you make with your
 phone, including how we type, tilt or even swipe, experts have found, they can use are
movements to guess a four-digit PIN with 70% accuracy on the first try and 100% by the
 fifth try.

They can even use the 25 sensors on many phones to access bank data and e-mails, New
Castle University researchers discovered. The hack requires malicious software to be
 downloaded on to a smartphone. Information from the internal sensors is then collected.

Passwords can be guessed from patterns because we tend to use the same finger and
 movements to type them. Most smart phones have accelerometers, which track tiny
movements, and rotation sensors, which measure twisting. They also have gyroscope
sensors, which use gravity to track positions and tilt of the handset.

 Personal fitness devices could theoretically be hacked in the same way , to find out
where the user is and what they are doing. Most smartphones, tablets and other
 wearables are now equipped with a multitude of sensors. But because mobile apps
and websites don’t need to ask permission to access most of them, malicious
programmes can covertly listen in on your sensor data and use it to discover a wide
 range of sensitive information about you, such as phone call timing, physical activities
 and even your touch actions, PIN and passwords.

The hackers could spy on any web pages opened on a phone, as long as the page
 hosting the malicious software was left open on another tab. Hackers can even
access data when a phone is locked, it was found that each user creates patterns
by clicking, scrolling, holding and tapping. With a known website, they could
determine what part of the page the user was clicking on and what they were typing.

Google and Apple have been asked about the problem, they have said nobody has
 so far been able to come up with a solution, user could protect themselves by only
using apps from approved stores and changing their password regularly.     


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