What are our phones hiding?
Smartphones nowadays are great. They can do almost anything you want them to do, and now they’ve gotten to the point where they’re so advanced that you can legitimately have a conversation with them. That alone is enough to spook some people out, but when you realize all the information that your phone would willingly give out at the press of a button, it becomes more than a little unsettling.
Ever thought about how much information is stored on your personal cellphone? Probably a lot. We’ve become so connected to these devices that it seems like they’re just an extension of ourselves at this point.
Your contacts, photos, addresses, social media— everything is on there. You might think it’s protected by your 6-digit passcode, but it’s not as safe as you think.
A user by the name of @afronomics_ on Twitter gave us a taste of what you can really get done when it comes to finding someones phone with all this information on it. It’s not as safe as you would think.
According to her, she found an iPhone in the bathroom and decided to do some investigating. She started:
“this girl left her phone in the bathroom today. when I tried to give it back, I learned something. iphone users (esp women) please read”
This young woman just wanted to help get the phone back to its rightful owner, but it was hard to find out while the phone was locked. Or was it? She writes,
“I asked siri what’s my name. it pulled up her info. cool. I asked siri who do I call most. pulled up her recent calls. cool. I was about to call the most recent person but they called me first. I answer. the girl comes right back to get her phone. hooray. all good.”
So by a simple holding of the home button and asking Siri, she was instantly able to find her info, who she called most, recent calls, and more… that’s when both women realized there was a serious problem.