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Is your mobile phone working against you?

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Gregg Locher (R), director of Business Operation at Motorola Mobility, and Lenovo Group's Senior Vice President Qiao Jian show products while attending a celebration in Beijing, China

Are you suffering from stagefright? Is your mobile phone working against you? Mobile phone users could be in real trouble. And be unaware of that….writes Bikram Vohra

Gregg Locher (R), director of Business Operation at Motorola Mobility, and Lenovo Group's Senior Vice President Qiao Jian show products while attending a celebration in Beijing, China
Gregg Locher (R), director of Business Operation at Motorola Mobility, and Lenovo Group’s Senior Vice President Qiao Jian show products while attending a celebration in Beijing, China

The declaration that over one billion android phones could be compromised by a new virus created for that purpose is intimidating beyond parameters.

All that has to be done is for a text to be sent and just by knowing the mobile phone number the hacking could cover text, messages and photographs and videos in the phone.

The mildest use of this invasion would be instant databanks but the worst case scenarios include blackmail of every sort. Not to mention the sharing of confidential information. The infected message is called Stagefright and though there is believed to be some way to block it few know how.

With over 80% of users worldwide using this platform the potential for massive damage is high. And there seems to be very little by way of solution. The most intimidating aspect is that phone owner does not even know he or she has been compromised.

According to experts currently wrestling with the problem seen by manufacturers as the worst possible attack ever on telephony, this evil ‘text’ takes over even before you get a ping that there is a message. And it might be such a benign content that you would never think that everything on your mobile phone has been accessed.

The trek across the information highway has been so swift that most of us have lost our bearings. Even as thousands are lost to the unreal world through social media and compensate for the greyness of their lives by existing vicariously through others and creating illusions the fact is that they are simply targets and nothing more.

The only solution is to start moving backwards and not place important materials on phones and other platforms.

What has to happen to people for them to register that they are slaves of these gadgets and there will be huge price to pay in terms of privacy being invaded and your information being traded.

One of the major causes of why owners of these electronic marvels are so vulnerable is the sadness behind their actual mundane lives. The element of narcissism is seen as the most important fuel to spur people to post data about themselves and their spurts of success. The need to share their self importance has become overwhelming. In this situation the desire to be needed is almost viral… why else would there be pride in having 7000 friends.

However, all that is now benign. The frightening truth now is that people have no control over their private information, conversation or visual content.

This is not just a hot spot. It is burning a hole in the social fabric.