Cell phones have helped us connect in ways that we couldn’t before the technology was invented, which in a lot of ways is amazing. Unfortunately, some of these connections are not invited and these hacks can access personal information or disclose your location without your consent. So much sensitive information can be accessed this way-from financial information to private information about your loved ones, and this information can be used against you if it falls into the wrong hands. Firewalls can help, but there are professional hackers who have no problem getting around standard security software.
Luckily we have brilliant minds who are on the right side of information security. Whistleblower Edward Snowden is in the process of designing a smartphone case that alerts the owner that there has been a security breach. This way, the phone can be disabled in order to prevent any more information from being extracted. The product is being designed specifically for activists, aid workers, and journalists who need to keep their location concealed, but anyone can benefit from this technology.