Best defence against spyware is to update app, phone system

The dangers of surveillance software have been thrust into the spotlight after it was reported last week that a flaw in messaging app WhatsApp allowed hackers to install such spyware on phones.
The dangers of surveillance software have been thrust into the spotlight after it was reported last week that a flaw in messaging app WhatsApp allowed hackers to install such spyware on phones.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Program allows hackers to steal data from phones via WhatsApp voice calls

What have you used your phone for recently? Sending a private message to a loved one, snapping a picture of your dinner or browsing online retailers for a new gadget?

If your phone has been infected with surveillance software, hackers can observe you doing all that and more - not just follow your digital footprints but chart your every move and even predict what you are going to do next.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 21, 2019, with the headline 'Best defence against spyware is to update app, phone system'. Print Edition | Subscribe