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Your Phone’s ‘Tilt’ Sensor Allows People to Track You
The Blaze ^ | may 9, 2014 | Elizabeth Kreft

Posted on 05/10/2014 3:36:15 AM PDT by expat1000

Never mind what you actually text or say on the phone — now even the way you tap, hold and move it can be tracked.

A U.S. research team revealed your smartphone and tablet’s “tilt” and “swipe” motion sensor data — which cannot be blocked — can be used to track your movements and even determine your passwords.

(Excerpt) Read more at theblaze.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: cellphone; mobile; privacy
In case you are wondering, your computer isn’t immune to this kind of tracking, either.

Instead of reading data from an accelerometer, a website can look at the characteristics of a computer such as what plug-ins and software you have installed, the size of the screen, the time zone, fonts and other features of any particular machine, giving that laptop or desktop a distinct signature. The Electronic Frontier Foundation found that 94 percent of Flash or Java browsers – which enable key features in Internet browsing – had unique, fingerprint-like identities, Forbes reports.

1 posted on 05/10/2014 3:36:16 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: expat1000

At this point I don’t care.

By the time they come for me the phone will be gone.

I don’t like anyone watching me. I don’t think they should watch or track anyone. But it’s not gonna stop and I have a million other things to deal with.


2 posted on 05/10/2014 3:42:43 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: expat1000

It’s probably easier to just track the GPS. All cell phones have that.


3 posted on 05/10/2014 4:00:40 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: expat1000

Guess I need to use it in the bathroom more... to bad they can’t detect smell.


4 posted on 05/10/2014 4:05:13 AM PDT by maddog55 (I'd be Pro-Choice if we could abort liberals.)
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To: expat1000

Well, that will be handy if I ever get lost.


5 posted on 05/10/2014 4:08:27 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: exDemMom
It’s probably easier to just track the GPS. All cell phones have that.

It can be turned off. I turn mine off when not actively using it.

6 posted on 05/10/2014 4:18:30 AM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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To: humblegunner

Don’t have a cell phone or tablet and after hearing this never will. If someone can get your passwords from your desktop that doesn’t sound so good.
Sounds like an opportunity for a smart company to make an untrackable tablet, laptop, or cell and make a ton of money. Doesn’t have to be unreadable just say it is.
Maybe wifes need an app so they can tell when hubby goes to a strip club. Lot of ways to make a buck here.


7 posted on 05/10/2014 4:18:51 AM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: expat1000
Local news had a story about a couple in New Orleans killing a woman and dismembering the body, then driving to Mississippi to dump the parts in the water at the foot of a bridge. There is a record of their travels because of license plate cameras that were used to piece it together.

There are so many ways to track us these days that there is no privacy.

8 posted on 05/10/2014 4:19:12 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: expat1000

I would be flattered if the NSAIRSOBAMAFBI choose me out of all the billions of smartphones to track because of my “dangerousness”. I’d be all over the media, peeing in my pants, crying, shaking...just thinking how many cool millions I’d make off of my “misfortune”....and book.


9 posted on 05/10/2014 4:31:40 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: expat1000

If the On-Star button works...then why cares how?


10 posted on 05/10/2014 4:32:10 AM PDT by BobL
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To: Foundahardheadedwoman

“Sounds like an opportunity for a smart company to make an untrackable tablet, laptop, or cell and make a ton of money.”

This should do it as long as you are not using the phone. I don’t believe there’s any possible way to avoid tracking if the phone is capable of making or receiving calls.

http://silent-pocket.com/collections/full-rf-shielding


11 posted on 05/10/2014 4:36:03 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: raybbr
It can be turned off. I turn mine off when not actively using it.

Anything you turn off with software (pressing a button in a menu, for instance) can be turned back on with software. Example: Even if you 'turn off' your GPS, it gets reactivated if you dial 911 and sends your location along with the 911 call.

12 posted on 05/10/2014 4:44:19 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Vermont Lt

What people don’t realize is that most often the stuff that makes the Internet “shiny” is also what makes it dangers. Flash, Java, AddOns, Extensions... they are all materially useless except to make display more attractive. The overwhelming majority of people would not want to give this up, but doing so, while making the web nothing but a large block of text on each page, would make your identity at least marginally safer than it is now.

The communications of future rebellions will be disseminated through dumb terminals and encrypted text or, worst case, Morse code.


13 posted on 05/10/2014 5:13:34 AM PDT by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: rarestia

That’s what I love about FreeRepublic. Simplistic beauty.


14 posted on 05/10/2014 5:16:11 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin
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To: Dallas59

“NSAIRSOBAMAFBI”

That’s the group you really have to worry about.


15 posted on 05/10/2014 5:16:11 AM PDT by RipSawyer
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To: expat1000

In other news...

Introducing the IntelliPotty.

Beware the next time you visit the restroom as your actions and bodily functions could very well be monitored and recorded. The new IntelliPotty will record the following: what function you performed, the amount and consistency of your excretions, how long your “activities” took, whether you used toilet paper, how much TP you used, whether you flushed...OR NOT, whether you raised or lowered the lid and ring, and whether you used the in-room exhaust fan to rid the air of any “foul” odors. Using a cellular device, this information will be transmitted to a location as designated by the commode owner.

Upgraded IntelliPotty units will even be able to analyze the “deposits” for drug use, cholesterol level, and other medical issues. One of the more controversial capabilities disclosed by the manufacturer is the unit’s ability to take a user’s DNA sample. Some units will use the old fashioned flush levers... and will take fingerprint readings as the user flushes with the handle.

And, don’t even think about lighting up a cigarette while hoping to catch a few private minutes on the “porcelain throne”...as EVERY unit has a reverse flush function should smoke be detected. Your sports pages would definitely be ruined should the reverse function be activated.


16 posted on 05/10/2014 5:22:52 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Dallas59
I would be flattered if the NSAIRSOBAMAFBI choose me out of all the billions of smartphones to track because of my “dangerousness”. I’d be all over the media, peeing in my pants, crying, shaking...just thinking how many cool millions I’d make off of my “misfortune”....and book.

You misunderstand the process. The info is just recorded and stored. Terabytes of info.

Then, if you ever have a "Joe the Plumber" moment where you embarrass some senior official, or become too active in the TEA Party, THEN all that info gets retrieved, to see if there's anything there that can be used to make your life miserable.

17 posted on 05/10/2014 5:31:45 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: trebb

Every time I pass these cameras on the road ( the ones that take pictures as you approach) I flip them off


18 posted on 05/10/2014 5:32:13 AM PDT by Married with Children
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To: Married with Children

Just make sure your hand isn’t making the shape of a gun...then you could be in real trouble.


19 posted on 05/10/2014 6:04:47 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: expat1000
I don’t believe there’s any possible way to avoid tracking if the phone is capable of making or receiving calls.

It's called TURNING THE DAMN' THING OFF.

20 posted on 05/10/2014 6:08:30 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: PapaBear3625

Then no book deal?


21 posted on 05/10/2014 6:33:08 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("Remember me as you pass by, As you are now, so once was I, As I am now, so you will be")
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To: expat1000
ROTFL . . .

People using their cell phones and tablets to share theories on just how they'll be forced to get an implanted chip with "666" in it while the goodies they can't live without and share theories over have already turned them into walking broadcast towers

22 posted on 05/10/2014 6:45:23 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: expat1000

How’s this for an idea:

Cell phones with an “off” switch that actually cuts off juice to the damn thing. Off means “off”.
Then a radio-wave-proof mylar bag to carry the thing to be on the safe side.


23 posted on 05/10/2014 6:46:32 AM PDT by Flintlock (islam is a LIE, mohammmud a CRIMINAL, sharia is POISON!)
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To: moovova

You made that all up, didn’t you? Didn’t you?


24 posted on 05/10/2014 6:49:03 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: usconservative

Even “off” many devices are still energized at some level;as said by another:if it is turned on or off by software detecting a button it can be turned on or off by software ,either hacked or with capabilities unknown to the end user.

Placingthe cellphone in a foil bag or metal canister with lid is one of the surest ways to be certain it isn’t still communicating your location.But it will acquire your new location onbringing it out.

Anonymity is truly rare.


25 posted on 05/10/2014 6:49:06 AM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: raybbr

It doesn’t matter. They track you from the tower pings unless the phone is off, and probably still then unless you can pull the battery.


26 posted on 05/10/2014 6:50:36 AM PDT by Kozak ("It may be dangerous to be America's enemy, but to be America's friend is fatal" Henry Kissingerhaha)
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To: exDemMom
Not my flip phones. They can track by towers but that is not really GPS and not terribly accurate and takes time and effort. Some newer SP’s do actually have the true GPS feature built in.
27 posted on 05/10/2014 6:55:10 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: elcid1970

“You made that all up, didn’t you? Didn’t you?”

Well, it’s probably not a true story...today, at least.


28 posted on 05/10/2014 7:02:35 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Kozak; Flintlock

http://silent-pocket.com/collections/full-rf-shielding

According to them, no signal gets in or out of any device in the bag.


29 posted on 05/10/2014 7:20:21 AM PDT by expat1000
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To: expat1000

Most newer cellular phones have two batteries - the one that runs the bells and whistles - and another, unreachable without disassembling the unit, that is solely GPS.
So, even if you turn it off and remove the “battery” your unit is still transmitting your location.

I’ve been doing some heavy duty research on this for a new book.


30 posted on 05/10/2014 7:54:31 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Wordkraft

Wrap your cell phone in tin foil when not in use.


31 posted on 05/10/2014 7:57:35 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose o f a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: hoosierham

Once again I’m glad I don’t have one of those “smartphones” .... I have a stupid “feature” phone. It makes phone calls and that’s it. No GPS, no text, no email, no web browsing. The only way to track me will be via the cellphone towers, which is still a pretty big area.


32 posted on 05/10/2014 8:18:08 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Georgia Girl 2

“Wrap your cell phone in tin foil when not in use.”

Double wrap with heavy duty foil and make sure there are no gaps.


33 posted on 05/10/2014 9:18:36 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Wordkraft

What about those bags that potato chips come in?


34 posted on 05/10/2014 10:42:39 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: expat1000

I am always a day late and a dollar short.


35 posted on 05/10/2014 1:16:16 PM PDT by Foundahardheadedwoman (God don't have a statute of limitations)
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To: usconservative

Yeah, me too. Makes calls and takes photos. That’s all I need.


36 posted on 05/10/2014 4:57:10 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: Dallas59

You’d make? Maybe your survivors would make, if there are any.


37 posted on 05/10/2014 5:28:39 PM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: mad_as_he$$

Many people want phones with all the bells and whistles built in; those most definitely have GPS built in.


38 posted on 05/11/2014 6:06:54 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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