When using mobile applications we often give them certain permissions to be able to enjoy the features they provide. Have you ever wondered what happens when you are not using those features? Do they really restrict themselves until you come back? Many of us assume our privacy is taken care of when we check the privacy policy box. But is it really what happens? What if it doesn’t? What if your apps are keeping notes of everything you say or do even without you using them? Creepy! Right? Who is watching your every little activity? As the technologies evolving exponentially, the complexities of keeping the unauthorized individuals and groups have made cybersecurity one of the major challenges in the internet-based world.

There are prying eyes everywhere in the world. As more and more apps are becoming a part of our lives, hackers are paving ways to enter our privacy. The spying goes unnoticed until someone catches them doing it. And it is not something a non-hacker can simply figure out on their own. We as a smartphone owner can only do small life hacks to prevent them from happening.

A story recently came forward that caught the Instagram camera running in the background when not in use. The ‘camera on’ indicator was introduced in Apple’s latest software update and means your iPhone now displays an indicator whenever an app is using the mic or camera. Several Instagram users are worried that the app is spying on them, after noticing the iOS 14 ‘camera on’ indicator keeps coming on, even if they’re not taking the photo. Instagram claimed it to be a bug that is now fixed. But similar behavior was captured as many other apps, including TikTok and Reddit, were seen accessing clipboard and microphones when were not in use.

Aqib Khan, CEO of Toronto’s leading Digital Transformation company, talks about cybersecurity and the necessity of making a thoughtful approach in the ways we use internet-enabled devices such as your smartphones, laptops, smart doorbells, or just about anything that has access to the internet. He talks about how digital transformation is not always a solution to every problem. We must consider the tangible aspects of life too. A lot of apps have become a part of our lives. We make use of them, all the time. And the most common permissions apps ask often comes down to the accessibility of camera, microphone, and GPS location. We need a physical barrier between us and our smartphones to eliminate hackers from breaching our privacies.

Privacy Defense Covers

Stop Cameras from Spying

Privacy defense cases, unlike any other mobile case, are built to disable cameras from work. No, it doesn’t corrupt your smartphone’s camera in any way. A simple life hack of blocking the view disables it from capturing nothing but a black screen.

Privacy defense covers are smartphone covers with camera lid that easily slides open whenever you want to use them. It works as an extra layer of protection that secures your privacy. Hackers are known to seize your identity by taking a snapshot of your life through your smartphone’s camera. These hackers can spy on you keeping notes of every place you visit, every person you meet or hack into your intimate life for their immoral benefits. Privacy defense covers are an excellent life hack to save your privacy from getting threatened.

Stop Microphones from Spying

There are different anti-spy tools available in the market that is known to trick the phone’s features and make them inaccessible to operate. For instance, MIC blockers are known to trick feature phones that have a physical microphone switch to disconnect the microphone. But these Mic-blockers don't operate on smartphones or laptops because the microphone is controlled with software rather than a physical switch.

Privacy defense covers are manufactured using thick material that jams the mic from listening. It looks exactly like a normal phone cover but with a latch to cover the microphone. The latch easily removes whenever you want to use the microphones making it convenient yet secure. It serves as a shield for eavesdropping. It is undeniable how smartphones have become a regular member joining in every meeting. Hackers can easily grab confidential details from the conversations and use them against you politically, personally, professionally, you name it. Privacy defense cover keeps your privacy intact by disabling hackers from listening to the conversations.

Challenges

There are still challenges around, especially with blocking the microphones as smartphones operate them using software which makes it difficult to block the operations of mic completely. Special material based covers are so far the only tangible options we have in hand that is completely free from the internet.

Conclusion

Hackers keep an eye for little cracks and spaces to get their ways into our lives and exploit us by their cruel intentions. Cybersecurity needs to be guarded by physical firewalls too to keep the hackers away from exploiting our privacy. We have digital solutions to every problem. But what do we do if the problem becomes digital? How can we stop them from “legally” spying on us? Privacy defense cases cover the security gap caused by the digitization. Smartphone users are highly sensitive to the privacy and life hacks like these can save you at the times you would expect them to have worked at the least.

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