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There was a recent thread about whether or not you cover your camera on your phone for security and this really got me thinking, what can I do to avoid being spied on and being hacked?
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I think China is not that interested to see you reading GCSE mark schemes on TSR; or your facial expressions when you do so.
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I think China is not that interested to see you reading GCSE mark schemes on TSR; or your facial expressions when you do so.
1. Not doing GCSEs
2. There's a lot more hackers could do.
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Two possible options:
1) Upgrade to a secure encrypted AnoPhone handset with private vpn.
2) Use a basic phone with no camera or internet capabilities- nothing to hack.
I go with option two, half my coworkers have company AnoPhones.
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Step 1: Grab a hammer
Step 2: Smash the sh*t out of your phone
Step 3: Thank me for helping you
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(Original post by londonmyst)
Two possible options:
1) Upgrade to a secure encrypted AnoPhone handset with private vpn.
2) Use a basic phone with no camera or internet capabilities- nothing to hack.
I go with option two, half my coworkers have company AnoPhones.
Thanks, question, how do I know if someone is spying on me or if my phone is hacked?
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(Original post by TheNamesBond.)
There was a recent thread about whether or not you cover your camera on your phone for security and this really got me thinking, what can I do to avoid being spied on and being hacked?
The whole goal of that thread was to get people thinking, so I'm glad to see it's done the job.

Notoriety has broadly hit the nail on the head here. Hackers aren't interested in you.

Broadly speaking, there are two types of hacking events: targeted attacks and non-targeted attacks. The names are fairly self explanatory, but a targeted attack looks for someone of value and aims to compromise them, while a non-targeted attack is typically the result of user actions. The vast majority of people will never be involved in a targeted attack as they simply aren't that valuable. If you are ever involved in a targeted attack there is very little that you could reasonably do to defend against it, and in reality you probably wouldn't even be aware it happened.

That leaves non-targeted attacks, stuff like opening a dodgy email attatchment, or going to dodgy websites. And as a security professional, the single best piece of advice I can give here is to use common sense. Just don't do dumb stuff on the Internet and you won't get malware. The human is always the weakest link in the security chain.

Obvious other stuff includes keeping software up to date, using different strong passwords for accounts, enabling 2FA where possible and so on. But many of these protective measures get thrown out the windows when you voluntarily introduce a malicious payload from an email or website.

Hackers aren't out to get you specifically. Many using broad, sweeping attacks and simply harvest the low hanging fruit. Don't be the low hanging fruit.
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The whole goal of that thread was to get people thinking, so I'm glad to see it's done the job.

Notoriety has broadly hit the nail on the head here. Hackers aren't interested in you.

Broadly speaking, there are two types of hacking events: targeted attacks and non-targeted attacks. The names are fairly self explanatory, but a targeted attack looks for someone of value and aims to compromise them, while a non-targeted attack is typically the result of user actions. The vast majority of people will never be involved in a targeted attack as they simply aren't that valuable. If you are ever involved in a targeted attack there is very little that you could reasonably do to defend against it, and in reality you probably wouldn't even be aware it happened.

That leaves non-targeted attacks, stuff like opening a dodgy email attatchment, or going to dodgy websites. And as a security professional, the single best piece of advice I can give here is to use common sense. Just don't do dumb stuff on the Internet and you won't get malware. The human is always the weakest link in the security chain.

Obvious other stuff includes keeping software up to date, using different strong passwords for accounts, enabling 2FA where possible and so on. But many of these protective measures get thrown out the windows when you voluntarily introduce a malicious payload from an email or website.

Hackers aren't out to get you specifically. Many using broad, sweeping attacks and simply harvest the low hanging fruit. Don't be the low hanging fruit.
2FA?
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(Original post by londonmyst)
Two possible options:
1) Upgrade to a secure encrypted AnoPhone handset with private vpn.
2) Use a basic phone with no camera or internet capabilities- nothing to hack.
I go with option two, half my coworkers have company AnoPhones.
What kind of job do you have? Just curious.
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(Original post by londonmyst)
Two possible options:
1) Upgrade to a secure encrypted AnoPhone handset with private vpn.
2) Use a basic phone with no camera or internet capabilities- nothing to hack.
I go with option two, half my coworkers have company AnoPhones.
A classic 'dumbphone'? It makes calls, sends and receives SMS and that's about it?
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(Original post by TheNamesBond.)
There was a recent thread about whether or not you cover your camera on your phone for security and this really got me thinking, what can I do to avoid being spied on and being hacked?
They aren't spying on you, unless your username is literal and you are, in fact, the actual James Bond. However, I don't think that is very likely, so the only thing you should worry about is getting spyware from potentially downloading things from certain websites...
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Heard about that on that YouTube Channel, Dead Meat, anyone watch that channel?
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Heard about that on that YouTube Channel, Dead Meat, anyone watch that channel?
No, I heard about it on a different YouTube channel(internet comment etiquette). Seems they’re doing a lot of advertising lately
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No, I heard about it on a different YouTube channel(internet comment etiquette). Seems they’re doing a lot of advertising lately
Wonder why, is there an impending doom awaiting us?
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I put bluetack on the front camera (temporarily when I get dressed etc.)

you could get a subscription from something like McAfee. I had it for a while.
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Wonder why, is there an impending doom awaiting us?
Hahah I hope not. Though there is that porn block coming in the UK, I’d imagine their subscription numbers will rise quite a bit after that lol
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Hahah I hope not. Though there is that porn block coming in the UK, I’d imagine their subscription numbers will rise quite a bit after that lol
Yeh that's a thought.
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I followed your advice
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