The recent Carrier-IQ scandal has caused such a commotion when several smartphone users discovered that the app was pre-installed on their devices. Apart from just being installed on the device, the app collected user data including time and geographic location, without the consent of its user. As a result, the US Congress is now trying to prevent similar suspicious activity by introducing the Mobile Device Privacy Act.
Once this bill passes, it will have a large effect on organizations such as the CarrierCoverage.com, which is scheduled to have an official launch in a week’s time. The bill will crowd-source mobile performance metrics to be transparent, honest and open [...]
After that long disaster of Carrier IQ in late 2011, HTC has decided to remove Carrier IQ from their CDMA phones starting this month. Last week HTC rolled out a maintenance update to the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint which removed Carrier IQ from those devices, which Sprint said they turned off the switch on Carrier IQ during the big scandal late last year. HTC is starting with their CDMA models in removing the Carrier IQ service, Verizon customer need not worry since Carrier IQ is not on Verizon devices.
According to an HTC representative, updates will begin this month for Sprint devices, though specific models and timeframes were not mentioned. Since the HTC EVO 3D has [...]
Lately there has been a huge deal with Carrier IQ being on people’s Android devices. I don’t know about all of you, but I am sick and tired of hearing about it, but I had to bring this last bit of news to you. Last week we posted about the HTC EVO 3D maintenance update that Sprint had confirmed they were rolling out, this update removed Carrier IQ from your EVO 3D!
If you compare the screen shot above with the one below you will notice that HTC IQAgent and IQRD are now no longer listed on the device. With this news, it takes the number of devices that Sprint has Carrier IQ on from 26 million down to a number a bit smaller. We aren’t expecting Sprint to take [...]
According to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt:
Google does not work with nor does it support Carrier IQ.
The statement was released last Thursday, after a hacking expert produced a YouTube video encasing his Android-powered HTC device running the Carrier IQ software program. This led many to associate the OS of Google’s Android smartphone along with the software. Yes, it’s the same software maker that has been accused of violating the privacy rights of millions of mobile phone users.
Many mobile phone operators, such as Sprint Nextel and AT&T, have installed the software in their devices. This is because Carrier IQ is capable of transmitting [...]
There are hundreds of security related apps on the Android Marketplace. Yes, they all do pretty much the same things such as scanning, finding, restoring, and commonly, annoying its Android user.
Some security apps take no initiative in seeing the side of the average day user. What I mean by this is that there are so many problems caused by security applications, like slow processing or faulty scans telling you that your child’s favorite movie, is linked to a virus.
However, in the words of the BitDefender, everything seems good with this newly risen app. They have proved that the app isn’t a pile of junk that wastes space like some others– even [...]
Many of you have heard in the news that a hidden application, known as Carrier IQ, is stored in over 140 million smartphones. This includes Android, Blackberry and iOS devices. Android developer Trevor Eckhart has posted a video in YouTube showing users that the application simply logged almost everything performed on the device.
The 25-year old presented that Carrier IQ could record everything, including text messages, phone calls and web browsing history. Now you might think this is some sort of virus, however it is not.
The developers confirmed that the application is not a type of malware, but a service that can be sold to [...]