Apps installed indifferently can grab confidential information...

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Apps installed indifferently can grab confidential information

 Sheikh Shafiqul Bari

 Published: 06:42 PM, 19 July 2020   Updated: 08:47 PM, 19 July 2020

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Every day, the personal security and confidential information of those who travel in the virtual world is being stolen by the tech-giants including business biggies in the world in different ways. And everyone knows that various organizations in the developed world have spread a vast net in the cyber world to make these intentions succeeded through different apps. Many times users unknowingly hand over their information to giant companies. Later they used this information for their own benefit. So far, even the developed countries have not been able to prevent the theft of this information despite their best efforts.

According to the latest data received from BTRC, out of 161.5 million mobile phone users in the country, 102.1 million are internet users. By stealing the personal information of these vast users i.e. population, in a sense, those companies also got to know the real image of the country. This includes not only the personal security of the user but also the security of the country.

For some time now, there has been a lot of talk on Facebook about a photofilter app called LibLab. Many people can be seen editing pictures and uploading them on Facebook through this app. Earlier there was an app named Prisma apps. And another app named TikTok, which has made huge responses around the world. However, behind all this is the theft of information.

Wikileaks was founded in 2006 by Julian Assange. It continued to reveal the most confidential information of the world's top governments one by one. The issue of data theft has been prevalent among cyber experts ever since.

In 2010, Julian Assange released hundreds of thousands of sensitive intelligence documents about the brutal killings of civilians by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's when he came to the center of discussion in the world media. The United States prosecuted him and sentenced him to life in prison. Ecuador revoked his asylum after six years in the political asylum at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, United Kingdom. Assange is now in Belmas Prison in London. He is also on trial for violating bail conditions.

Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) took to the field to accuse Russia of colluding with Trump's campaign camp in the 2016 US presidential election. The investigation was led by Attorney Mueller for two years.

In this regard, experts say, big companies are manipulating this information through apps like Photofilter including Prisma or LibLab. In this way, they actually know everything from the user's resume to emotions. So don't install apps without understanding the theme.

That's what experts who have been working on virtual matters for a long time say. They said users need to be aware of this. With this information, criminal activities can also take place.

The chief executive officer of the Star IT Lab at AR International Cyber ​​Security Institute in the United Kingdom has written his opinion on real cybercrime. The cyber expert of Bangladeshi descent commented on the website of the Cyber ​​Police Department of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Bangladesh Police that giant companies around the world survey people who follow the trend before launching their products. Because they want to do business all over the world with the product. Your own interests are the main concern of these companies. They want to make products according to your taste.

What data is being stolen: Data is being stolen using the structure of your face (which unlocks the device face) or using biometric data. Staying in the account - date of birth, mail, and phone number, relationship status, and area - all these are manipulating all the personal information with the help of Artificial Intelligent Data Grabber (which is linked to Facebook with API).

If you search for a topic through Google or social media, after a while an advertisement for a sponsored article on that topic comes up. When you click, an e-mail comes with unfamiliar contact. At this time, maybe no one thinks or notices - why is this happening?

Real writes - The reason is very simple. You and I are handing over our data to them following the trend. Every keyword we search is stored in the database. These were later used in marketing. This information is sold as an open marketer outside the Surface Web. In addition, this information is often used in various criminal activities. He urged everyone to be aware of this.

Asad al-Hussein, head of Stonebridge Limited, which has been working on the issue for 10 years, also agreed with Real. "If you need any apps, it's a bit safer to get from the Google Play Store," he said. However, the giant company and espionage could not be stopped.

In this regard, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIGP) Md. Shah Alam, said "I don't think the issue is getting priority," he told Daily Bangladesh. However, “we are working on various cybercrimes in the country including national security.”

The intelligence official added that it is a "civil issue". Even developed countries like America and Britain could not address these issues. It has been seen that in these cases, the users often hand over the information to them without understanding. There are some prerequisites for using these apps. The user does yes or allow to the terms without understanding. In this way all the information of the user is being stolen by others. This way even the user's microphone can be controlled. He urged everyone to download the apps considering the security first.