reply to post by rickymouse
I would be stunned if they weren't using the technology in such a fashion. We already know they can monitor calls, and track cell phone locations.
GPS built in, and the lovely little location feature (for 911, of course, and how convenient) will only make that simpler. There are programs, so I
have read, that people can get into someone's cell phone to listen in, and ways to clone the phones. If the crooks and hackers can do it, there is no
doubt that the government can as well, and probably with greater ease.
That said, there is a very simple solution. Remove the battery. Virtually every simple article, every video, on the topic that I have seen states
that this is the only sure method for stopping someone who is trying to spy on you with your phone. Even "off", they could have a program that made
the mic work, and maybe even a camera. I would go further to say that simple precautions should be taken with a computer as well. Note, please, how
"the market" seems to be trying to make a laptop the norm, and to push desktops to the side. I think there are two real reasons for this. One, it's
harder to work on a laptop, so they can make more money off repairs. Two, and this is the key, most newer laptops have built-in cameras and mics.
Meaning, you can't simply do what I do, and leave those unplugged when not in use. You can, of course, cover a camera lens, but how to totally stop a
mic, that could be activated without your knowledge? I suppose, again, they only real option would be battery removal.
That doesn't help, in the case of a cell phone or a computer, of course, when you need the device on and running. So, for most people, there daily
activities make them open to easy surveillance. Now, of course, most people aren't doing anything that should be a worry, but in these times, who
knows what would attract attention? It's already been shown that being in an opposing political party makes you a "potential terrorist" to the
Interesting times we live in.
Oh, almost forgot; they can use your land line, too. Look up something called a universal transmitter. Those suckers work as a mic in your house,
even if the phone isn't in use. Cameras everywhere we go.....already in use in NYC, along with "other things" that they don't name, to "fight crime".
Big Brother is alive and well.
edit on 18-11-2012 by LadyGreenEyes because: added comment