Smart phone apps drain battery and enable you to be tracked

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The term “app” is short for “application software”.
Apps for smart phones are getting more numerous and more popular by the day. A May 2012 comScore study reported that during the previous quarter, more mobile subscribers used apps than browsed the web on their devices: 51.1% vs. 49.8% respectively. Market research firm Gartner predicted that 102 billion apps would be downloaded in 2013 (91% of them free), which would generate $26 billion in the U.S., up 44.4% on 2012’s $18 billion.
If you have apps on your cell phone, you should know that those apps come with costs.
Karl Denninger writes for The Market Ticker, Nov. 26, 2015, that “free” apps aren’t really free:

The price is that they want to advertise to you.  Location-based advertising is more-accurate in terms of value to the advertiser in that it’s more likely to result in a sale.

There are at least two problems with apps:

  1. Apps drain battery power: Denninger writes: “If you’re wondering why your phone dies so fast, that’s a big part of the reason. If you have 20 apps on your device that all do this that’s 20x every five minutes or so . . . that these apps all pull your location and send it to “momma”.  Every one of those instances consumes both battery power and network bandwidth, which . . . is something you’re paying for.
  2.  Apps give the companies your location data: Denninger writes, “Do not believe for a second that this sort of misbehavior is isolated or uncommon.  All of the social messaging apps do it, including Facebook and others.  But the offenders aren’t limited to apps like Facebook; they’re also things like Walmart’s app, which continually pulls location data once started.  Even worse are games, which almost-universally do this sort of thing.Some of these apps are extremely persistent, such as Charity Miles . . . . ; these will hammer on location requests, including trying to use the GPS repeatedly, if you’re in a location without a clear view of the sky.  This is extremely bad for your power consumption because the GPS chip is one of the most-hungry in your phone when it comes to power budget. . . .
    This data can be trivially used to identify you with specificity along with your daily habits.  It requires no linkage to your device ID or a login to do so either; all it requires is a bit of time.  Within a few days or weeks it is trivially easy to know exactly who you are and since there is a unique device ID associated with each of these data points it’s not even slightly difficult to link it to your characteristics.  While this might not link it to a name that doesn’t matter.
    And this brings me to the real risk: You have absolutely no idea nor control over who has this data, who’s keeping it, for how long (the presumption has to be “forever”) and who it’s being given or sold to.”


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0 responses to “Smart phone apps drain battery and enable you to be tracked

  1. I have to think I’m already under “their” scrutiny by now-I have nothing to hide,except the information of my friends and family,so if they don’t know me by now,they’re not doing what TPTB are TELLING them to do. It just SEVERELY pi$$es me off that we NEED to worry about this. Unfortunately,”Uncle Sluggo” has thrown our Constitutional Rights down and stomped ’em so many times many of us don’t even know what our RIGHTS really ARE,and “they” like it that way. We CAN’T give ’em that satisfaction.

  2. Battery Doctor and 360 Security are two good apps that monitor app use. As an Uber driver, my Uber partner app (and the Uber rider app for riders) necessarily has to track my location to connect me with riders. But I imagine anyone’s bank app would track the user, also.

  3. Call me crazy . . . but I don’t have a cell phone. So far I have done just fine without one. Fairly recently my sister upgraded her phone to one that does just about everything but cook breakfast for you. It just so happened that I was taking her to a doctor’s appointment. we were in a very “deep discussion” when all of a sudden she said, “Shhhhh! Don’t talk any more, my phone may be picking up this discussion.” Case in point, when the time comes that we have to worry about the gadgets around us–it’s time to dump them. Sometime ago I covered the camera lens on my PC. I have no idea whether it is conceivable that anyone could be viewing me or my surroundings via my PC–but I just don’t want to risk. I can assure you, I am a law abiding citizen who has never been arrested or entangled in any activity that the police or anyone else might be interested in . . . but, nevertheless, I just don’t want people sticking their nose where it does not belong.

    • I think, at this point, the technocracy is marvelling at its new-found ability to track everyone. We’re at the point that Aldous Huxley (who knowingly died under the influence of LSD because he wanted to “heighten the experience”) predicted, where the technology would exist that could track everyone. This is the technocracy that Zbigniew Brzyznski lauded in his book of the same name. It’s here.
      Next on the agenda: They will announce that this technology has captured a criminal or a terrorist. That will gain the public’s approval. Once this is accepted, then they will start coming for those of us they consider to be “inconvenient.” Their whole agenda is SATANIC.

  4. Yep, they run your GPS all the time, we turn ours off, traffic app the same, those danged things are made for seeing everything you do…

  5. I recently replaced my Nokia dumb phone with an LG 450 dumb phone which I paid all of $20 for (+ the $25 one-time charge for the starter kit), and it does everything I wanted it for – yapping and an occasional text message.
    It’s a post-paid account and I pay $24.88 a month + tax for unlimited talk and text with NO DATA.
    – Dave

    • Switch to Cricket Wireless: I paid $25– for the phone, and for $35– a month on auto-pay (with a credit card), I get UNLIMITED talk & text and 2G of data a month (in New York State).

  6. I went a LONG time without a cell phone,but got tired of missing out on awesome deals because I was away from the phone.Less than a week later,my phone paid for itself when my truck’s clutch disintegrated at 10 PM on a Saturday night on one of those Nevada dirt roads that only sees about one car per Month in traffic,about 75 miles from town in one direction and 54 miles from home in the other. I was taking some generator parts to a ranch that relied on the generator for all their power.) I was incredibly lucky and had enough signal to call a friend,who was going to work,but called a wrecker to come and get me. (Even talked the driver into taking me to the ranch before we hooked up my truck-for another hundred bucks.)
    That made it worth having for me. It’s still useful to me,and I don’t have anything but the basics enabled,so while it’s NOT foolproof,it’s not exactly a red neon sign above me.

  7. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this important post. I rarely use my cell phone, but I take it with me in the car in case of emergency.


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