Is There Cause for Concern? This is the Question that has been asked about the budget Chinese phones with relation to your privacy.
Well, trusting any brand you have never heard of with your security and your privacy is not a wise idea, and unfortunately many budget-priced Android smartphones have been proven to have some security and privacy problems.
For instance, last July the Russian antivirus firm (Dr.Web) stated that the models they had tested under the Nomu and the Leagoo names actually had a malware program built right into the firmware, and to my mind, that is simply outrageous and completely unacceptable.
Also, I read that just lately Amazon suspended the sales of phones that are marketed by BLU because of (get this!) snooping adware was built into the devices, although it only took a few days for Amazon to be selling the phone again, which again makes me very wary how Amazon can guarantee the security of this make.
These reports of cheap Chinese handsets (including the Blu phones) are not new as spyware allegations were made last autumn, and it seems that the collection of user data is alive and well, so does this mean that if I invested in a cheap Android phone then I am running the risk of having my security and privacy compromised?
This could be so as many researchers now believe that buying a phone from China is like playing a game of Russian roulette with your privacy, and more so they firmly advocate anyone who is considering doing this to think twice before buying and Android phone from any manufacturer that is unfamiliar.
I guess that this makes a lot of sense because if you think about it if your phone is going to cost say less than £80 or so unlocked and if it doesn’t make you watch adds then how is the company going to make money?
Sometimes, if I have a little free time in my day, I like to enjoy the odd slots game online and usually I like to use those sites that show you how to deposit with your phone. Now, If I thought that the makers of my phone were collecting my personal data about how I spend my time on my phone I wold not be best pleased.
Paying for my games using my mobile phones is one of the ways that I guarantee that my banking details are not used, and I believe that this is a more secure way of playing at any game or online casino site, and I do not want my anonymity compromised.
The same goes for those that use bitcoin via the blockchain as the who purpose of the crypto currency is to provide practically instant and anonymous payments, no-one wants any phone company to collect their data in an underhand way and use it for their own gain.
So, I would say, research the model and the brand, research the seller’s reputation and don’t take every review as gospel.