A College Girl named Deepika (Fictitious name) Receives a call from a Random Guy on Facebook telling her that he likes her and the girl simply ignores him.
Then after a couple of days the guy again sends a message telling her how beautiful she is and how much he likes her, and what did Deepika do? She blocked him.
Next-Day she receives a message from another Facebook account telling her that she was looking pretty in the red dress she was wearing today.
But Deepika had no clue that it could possibly be the same guy she got a text from the previous day.
Day after day things got weirder because at a random day Deepika didn’t go anywhere and still she received a text complimenting her for the Dress.
She got frightened when she got to know that the guy knows much more about her than her friends and even family.
She blocked him again but soon after a couple of hours she got a text from another Facebook account asking her about the food she had today.
“How on earth this guy knows about my breakfast,” she thought.
Things went from bad to worse when he texted her saying that he even has pictures of her from her bathroom.
She looked for cameras all over the place, but she found nothing.
The Girl looked at her phone thinking “this is the only camera in the house”.
Deepika was not a person who had much technical knowledge and understood that something was wrong with her phone, somehow the phone has been hacked.
She thought about what she did wrong, she realized her mistake and wasting no time went to her hometown last month and her brother (12) was trying to download some movies.
She got new software installed for her smartphone and everything was sorted out soon.
WHAT WENT WRONG IN THE ABOVE STORY:
Younger brother while downloading the movie was asked to install a .apk file (it’s a file which can be installed in any android smartphone) The Application was a simple game, which asked for permissions for location, camera, and microphone.
Everything from her phone calls, images, texts were being sent to the servers in the background, Nowadays the Operating Systems are also very secure but are hackable with some tricks, especially in India.
WHAT TO DO:
Just don’t root for your android if you don’t know what that could actually do.
check which applications using your locations, camera, microphone, texts, and calls.
Uninstall all the applications which are not useful anymore and be very very careful when a new application asks for permissions.