There’s no question we’ve been exposed – but exposed for how long?


My name is Ana. In the HIC team I’m amongst other things responsible for doing some research about relevant information that is out there, available to most of us with just a few clicks or taps on the screen. This is also my first blog. Ever. So please be gentle.

Are you one of the many people who installed a flashlight mobile application which serves as an actual flashlight? Almost a year ago I came across a video where cybersecurity expert Gary Miliefsky warns us about harmful effects of downloading some of those apps on our smartphones. That video made me start searching for more content about malware and smartphone bugs, where I found some pretty useful and scary information (article 1, article 2, article 3).

One Billion Android Phones Affected

That being written, I would like to use the following poll survey to help raise the awareness of existing cyber crimes and understand the consequences of lack of knowledge in that field.

How many Android devices are you responsible for (enter the number of smartphones,tablets and old phones you've passed on to family members)?
In the past 6 months, how many have you updated to the last operating system version (at that time)?
In the past 6 months, how many have been backed up?

Are you aware of the fact that Android’s open source operating system allows mobile operators to modify the system they distribute to their subscribers? In practise that means if Android comes up with a solution for a certain bug, that doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to be notified of it’s existence.

Did you know that having a malware on your mobile devices doesn’t just put your privacy on the line but also the privacy of all your contacts, stored in your devices?

Did you ever think of what damage malware could cause when we come to the stage where all our health records will be accessible via smartphones? I think this is also a good enough reason for recruiting more people into health informatics field so such private and valuable data keep staying private. Don’t you?

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