‘There’s no anonymity anymore – don’t kid yourself’: InfoWatch head Natalya Kaspersky to RT


18-02-21 09:45:00,

The best way to keep your sensitive data safe is not to upload it online, as even encrypted apps are unable to guarantee its protection, Natalya Kaspersky, the head of the InfoWatch cybersecurity company, told RT.

A modern user of digital devices must keep in mind that “all their movements are being recorded, all photos and all videos are being saved in the cloud. All text messages are being saved, too,” Kaspersky said.

Every social media platform is gathering “all the data it can get hold of,” because access to them is free and therefore they make money only through selling this information or analyzing it for advertising purposes.  

There’s no anonymity. There’s been no anonymity for a long time now. And don’t kid yourself about it.

The users of encrypted applications such as Telegram may think they are protected, but “it’s a myth,” the tech entrepreneur, who co-founded prominent anti-virus provider Kaspersky Lab with ex-husband Eugene Kaspersky and used to be its CEO, insisted. The thing is that “an electronic device is itself an unprotected environment.”

Every phone is equipped with an accelerometer that tracks not only the number of steps made by the user, but also their micro-movements. It’s accessed automatically by every app and can be used to read any text message at the very moment it’s being written on the screen, thus bypassing encryption. A neural network will decipher the micro-movements of the fingers in no time and turn them into a text, she explained.

“The most basic recommendation, which is easy to remember, is just don’t do or publish on social media anything that would make you feel ashamed. It doesn’t matter if you’re doing it for your friends or a special individual – as soon as you put something in an electronic device you should assume that this data will be leaked.”

That shouldn’t pose much of a problem for an ordinary, law-abiding citizen, but “if you’re some James Bond, then a push-button phone and a mask on your face is the best you can do,” Kaspersky laughed.

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