White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s Personal Cell Phone was Compromised

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s personal cell phone was compromised back in December. Details may be found at: http://politi.co/2xIbaTX.

Actually, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. I hope it didn’t surprise John Kelly although I suspect it may have. Everyone should be aware that EVERY unencrypted cell phone can be hacked. The higher your position in government, military, sports, the entertainment industry, or in the business world, the greater the odds that someone is monitoring your calls and the web sites you visit with your smartphone. Those listening might be foreign governments, our own NSA, the FBI, local police departments, business competitors, identity thieves, or (in the case of celebrities) various gossip magazines and newspapers.

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Microsoft Is Using Cortana To Read Your Private Skype Conversations

Are you using Skype? If so, perhaps you should switch to something that is more secure.

Brian Fagioli shares a report from BetaNews:

“So, here’s the deal, folks. In order for this magical “in-context” technology to work, Cortana is constantly reading your private conversations. If you use Skype on mobile to discuss private matters with your friends or family, Cortana is constantly analyzing what you type. Talking about secret business plans with a colleague? Yup, Microsoft’s assistant is reading those too. Don’t misunderstand — I am not saying Microsoft has malicious intent by adding Cortana to Skype; the company could have good intentions. With that said, there is the potential for abuse. Microsoft could use Cortana’s analysis to spy on you for things like advertising or worse, and that stinks. Is it really worth the risk to have smart replies and suggested calendar entries? I don’t know about you, but I’d rather not have my Skype conversations read by Microsoft.”

Brian Fagioli’s complete report may be found at: https://slashdot.org/~BrianFagioli.

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency

From an article by Kevin Roose in the New York Times:

“Secure messaging apps like WhatsApp, Signal and Confide are making inroads among lawmakers, corporate executives and other prominent communicators. Spooked by surveillance and wary of being exposed by hackers, they are switching from phone calls and emails to apps that allow them to send encrypted and self-destructing texts. These apps have obvious benefits, but their use is causing problems in heavily regulated industries, where careful record-keeping is standard procedure.

“‘By and large, email is still used for formal conversations,’ said Juleanna Glover, a corporate consultant based in Washington. ‘But for quick shots, [secure] texting is the medium of choice.'”

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Signal Private Messenger for Safe and Secure Text, Voice, and Video Messaging

“Privacy is possible. Signal makes it easy.”

Signal is a very popular safe and secure replacement for cell phone text messaging systems. Best of all, it is available FREE of charge. If you have an Android device, an iPhone, an iPad, or an iPod Touch, Signal will supplement or replace your present text messaging app. Your cell phone will continue to send and receive normal text messages as it always has plus it will now securely send and receive private, encrypted text messages to and from anyone else who is using Signal.

Millions of cell phone users have installed Signal and use it every day to keep their communications secure and away from prying eyes. Users include many senior politicians in Washington, business professionals, newspaper reporters, movie stars, sports professionals, and private individuals alike worldwide. It blocks credit card thieves, identity thieves, nosey neighbors, and (probably) government agencies from tapping into your private communications.

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6 Things You Didn’t Realize Your Cell Phone Is Tracking

Most of us realize that our cell phones track our location minute-by-minute and that information is available to the cell phone company, to many web sites, to law enforcement agencies, and to hackers around the world who manage to access the various web sites. (See my earlier articles at http://bit.ly/2rUT3lF and http://bit.ly/2sPEAMe for details.) However, that is just the tip of the iceberg.

An article by Brad Jones in the Make Use Of web site details lots of privacy-invasive information being shared by your cell phone. Take a look at: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/iphone-tracking.

The Tracking Device in Your Pocket

Your cellphone service provider knows where you’ve been. If you use Google apps on your smartphone, you can see proof of that at https://www.google.com/maps/timeline.

Try that address right now. You may be amazed at how much Google is tracking you. Your cell phone company can see that data also and a lot more.

Now the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if its OK for police to look at your tracking information without a warrant. Details may be found in USA Today at https://usat.ly/2rJkS1P.

Do you really want the police and who knows who else tracking you?

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