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The security risk most phones have that no one is talking about

Example demonstrating how accelerometer data shared with separate traffic and health applications could indicate Bob's location. Credit: Image courtesy of University of Illinois College of Engineering

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If you or your children play games, track your steps or even monitor sleep with a tablet or phone, you could be putting your information at risk.
Researchers at the University of Illinois have discovered some alarming details about phone hardware called an accelerometer, which tracks the movement of a phone needed for some games and apps.
Researchers Sanorita Dey and Nirupam Roy said in a recent Science Daily article that microscopic “imperfections” created when accelerometers are manufactured inadvertently create “fingerprints” that can identify individual devices.
More than that, they can track those individual phones, since accelerometers record movement and ...


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