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2 Scary Ways Our Data Is Being Collected

The truth is, technology is both a blessing and a curse. It’s incredible that we have so much convenience right at our fingertips. We can find out the answer to almost anything in less than a minute. But there’s a price we have to pay for it. Our data can be collected by using a cell phone spy without access to target phone. And in some cases, companies obtain it through other means. Here are a few scary ways our data is being collected.

Facebook

By now, it’s no secret that Facebook’s been collecting our information. If you haven’t realized that by now, then you might just not be spending enough time on social media. The question is, how does Facebook do it? Clearly, there was a feature in its mobile app that acted as a cell phone spy without access to target phone, right? Nope. Facebook isn’t spying on you by turning on your phone’s microphone or anything like that. Instead, it tracks your Internet activity with the Facebook Pixel.

 

Facebook can now know your online shopping habits.

The Facebook Pixel can track your online shopping habits.

Many companies will put this pixel on their websites so when you’re done looking at their products, you’ll continue to see ads for them as you browse Facebook. In addition, if a friend or family member has been doing some online shopping, you might see ads for what they were looking for, too. That’s because Facebook thinks that we might also like that product, or want to buy it for a loved one. Creepy, isn’t it?

Military Surveillance Aircrafts

In Texas, now military surveillance aircrafts have the equipment to spy on cell phones, in an attempt to put a stop to drug trafficking. These planes have had this capability for the past year or so. Essentially, they’re able to use a cell phone spy without access to target phone.

How does it work? Digital Receiver’s Technology, the company that was contracted to build this tech, found a way to mimic cell phone towers. So if a phone automatically connects to these systems, it’s easy to obtain its data. While this technology is in place to monitor the cell phone activity of any criminal suspects, it has the unfortunate side effect of tracking data from anyone else who’s nearby.

 

You might be thinking, “How can I protect my personal information?” The easiest way is to use incognito/private mode when browsing the Internet. That’s what I do nearly every time I go online, just because I hate the thought of being tracked. If you live in certain areas of Texas, though, you might be out of luck. Be sure to email me if you have any other suggestions! Can you think of other ways that companies collect our information? Let me know!