As much as I like to go on about how you should run over your smartphone wtih a car, take it scuba diving in Tahiti, run it through an industrial scrap metal shredder, kiss it a few times with a 20 pound sledgehammer, take it on your annual holiday to Mount Doom and build a live streaming app to transmit video of it following the Ring’s last journey, drop it off a roof, cover it in gasoline and use it to start your campfire, take it out back for target practice, embed it in acrylic and use a diamond saw to produce a beautifully artistic cross section, feed it to a goat, yell “pull!” and toss it at Dick Cheney, use it to experimentally test whether or not “the goggles do nothing,” put it in a fire safe and sell it to a chainsaw-mad Redditor, paint it red and epoxy it to a Pamplona cobblestone, or just leave it in Davy Jones’ locker…
…generally smartphones are only passively bad, someone /usually/ has to lift a finger before they become actively out to get you.
Except for certain Motorola models.
It turns out they send ALL YOUR PRIVATE DATA INCLUDING PASSWORDS TO MOTOROLA CONSTANTLY.
(The one exception being Gmail account info, which “the Man” already has.)
They even do all those transmissions mostly unencrypted!
Hopefully Motorola’s noncommitment to customer privacy doesn’t apply to the hardware designs of the Motorola handsets the Osmocom folks like.
(too much to really summarize)
“In June of 2013, I made an interesting discovery about the Android phone (a Motorola Droid X2) which I was using at the time: it was silently sending a considerable amount of sensitive information to Motorola, and to compound the problem, a great deal of it was over an unencrypted HTTP channel. “