It is possible to track users without the need for global positioning
For most users, privacy is a serious issue. While many social networking users like Facebook and Twitter are publishing personal life issues, they are still sensitive to some of their personal life issues.
This dependency has led Google to warn users on the Android operating system
what apps and settings they will install on their device.
Global Positioning is part of the category that most applications do not need to use. Almost two decades ago, few people were well aware of what global positioning is and how it works, and only certain devices used it, but nowadays the technology is so pervasive that no one questions it.
you’ve heard the name of a restaurant but you don’t know its address,
then go to the Google Map app and the app will provide you
with a suggested route to reach the restaurant.
There are many applications similar to Google Maps that can be used for routing.
The addresses you have requested will be saved whenever you use these applications. While many users think that tracking can only be done through global positioning and that it can no longer be tracked off, it seems incorrect.
A team of Princeton researchers has developed a mobile app that can even detect the speed of movement, the route of traffic, and even the type of vehicle you use, even with the global positioner off.
This 2000-line program gathers the information you need from the barometer, magnetometer, and accelerometer sensors inside your smartphone and easily detects your location without the need for a specific license. The above application is able to detect your device’s IP address, time zone, and network status (Wi-Fi or mobile Internet).
The sensors referred to can well detect a person’s speed and can even detect a person’s redirection.
For example, if you are walking slowly, it means you are walking. If you step faster and your shifts to the coordinate axis are 90 degrees, it means you’re driving. If your speed is too high then you are on a plane and a train.
Interestingly, the program is able to easily distinguish between the two locations through airspeed and air pressure. The interesting thing is that this app monitors your speed through the accelerometer sensor, the magnetometer detects your geographic location on which direction you are moving (eg north) and the barometer Pressure calculates the region in which continent or country you are.
the data is analyzing with data from public databases such as the US Geological Survey Maps,
The Weather Channel and Google Maps.
When this matching process is complete,
then this application accurately predicts where you are, what device you are using, and where you are moving.
This process continues until its error rate reaches zero. Since the time zone and clock are set correctly on most phones, all the information will be synchronized with this factor and your location will be detected without the need for GPS.
Researchers at the university have said that users normally can’t do much about it. In particular, 2000 lines of code can easily be hidden within tens of thousands of lines of code for doing so.
As a result, various applications installed on Android devices may use such mechanisms away from users.
Researchers at the research team have suggested that Google should take stricter measures in accessing apps with
built-in smartphone sensors to prevent any app from accessing key smartphone components without the user’s knowledge.