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    Smartphones have brought out various kinds of neurotic and paranoid reactions from users. The technology is difficult to understand, and it is easy for us to allow ourselves to suspect that bad things are happening, when in fact they’re not. Android Central regularly receives posts from guests who are convinced:

    • That their phones are hacked.

    • That notification icons seen on a partner’s phone are an indication of secret sexual relationships.

    • That manufacturers intentionally install software bugs in their products in order to hobble a device or render it so obsolete that the customer will be driven to buy a later model.

    •That someone is watching them through their front-facing camera.

    • That their phone calls are being monitored or recorded.

    • That something sinister has caused their photos to appear on someone else’s phone, or someone else’s photos to appear on their phone.

    • That the Instant Apps auto-downloads, even though auto-updating of apps may be switched off, is some sort of malware.

    • That their partners have hacked into their phones and are controlling and altering accounts and monitoring activities.

    • That certain app permissions - such as the permission to make phone calls which may use credit - are malevolent and purposely designed to spend the user's credit fraudulently; or that permissions are designed to invade privacy for malevolent purposes, such as access to Contacts or Photos.

    • That certain items mentioned in their - or a partner's - search history are inexplicable and mean something sinister.

    • That certain system apps have a sinister purpose; for example, that the LIA Informant app means that incriminating evidence about them is being passed directly to the police, FBI or other security agency.

    The favourite by far is being hacked. “I’ve been hacked”, people say, and sometimes, “I know who it is and can provide proof”. Why they think that anyone would wish to hack them is never explained. Reassuring answers and explanations from us are often ignored or disbelieved.

    Of course, bad things do happen on phones, but they are very unusual and it is almost certain that innocent explanations can be found. This of course is where the difficulty lies: it can be difficult to know where to look. We may be able to help there, but otherwise, it is unwise to jump to the worst conclusions when simpler ones are more probable.
    06-28-2019 08:08 AM

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