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Monitored Mobile Conversations

Some predict there will be as many cell phones as people in 2014. But many users don't realize that mobile phone data is easy prey for spies. Without the users' knowledge, outsiders can listen to their conversations.

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The experts say that mobile network infrastructure needs a serious security upgrade. This has become more of a concern until the NSA scandal broke. Security experts can demonstrate with just about any cell phone on the market how easy it is to tap into personal data and conversations: with the help of freely available programs. There are also spy apps that, once installed on smart phones, can transmit all of the data - undetected. Whoever installs the app can hear all conversations, activate the camera and track the user's location.