Phones Really Do Secret Recordings
A company working on mobile phone security has conducted research to tackle the popular conspiracy theory of whether tech companies listen to and record users’ conversations.
Social media on the Internet is so full of posts and videos that big companies like Facebook spy on users to target them in various advertising campaigns.
A number of such videos have gone viral on social media in which people are saying that advertisements on online platforms have surrounded them especially about the products they have talked about.
Recently, however, Vandira, a mobile phone security company, repeated two or three online experiments to find out the truth about this conspiracy theory and found that there was no evidence that mobile phones or Apps spy on users
Researchers took two phones, a Samsung Android and an Apple iPhone, and placed them in an audio room. Advertisements for cat and dog food were repeated in their presence for about thirty minutes. Researchers placed two similar phones in a room where there was silence.
Security experts have kept all the apps on these mobile phones open or on Facebook, Instagram, Chrome, Snapchat, YouTube, and Amazon with the full permission of each platform.
They then searched for ads about pet food on all of these phone apps and platforms. During the experiment, the researchers also checked the speed and amount of battery usage of these phones.
The researchers repeated the test for three days and found no significant increase in pet food ads or battery usage on phones in the audio room.
There was no difference between mobile phones in the audio room and phones in a quiet room. However, he noted that the flow of data from mobile phones continued. The leaked data transfer was minimal, and far less than the number of data transfers that occur when using ‘Seri’ or ‘Hi Google’.
“We observed that the data transfer of our test during these 30 minutes was much less than the transfer of virtual assistant data,” says James Mack, a system engineer at Vandera. Which means it’s about to be the most delusional time of the year, as well as the most delusional.
if this recording were to take place, we would see a higher level of data usage than is typically used when using virtual assistant data,” Mack said.
For many years, tech companies have been trying to disprove the notion that they use microphones in mobile phones to spy on consumers.
Last year, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg was asked during a speech in the US Senate if this was happening. So they vehemently denied it.
However, there is a growing lack of trust in these big tech companies. Many users feel that they are being spied on.
Interestingly, this research has revealed that Android phone apps use more data in a quiet room, while iOS apps use more data in the audio room. Experts say they do not know why this happens. But he is determined to continue his research on the subject.