Forget public Wi-Fi, your phone battery is helping hackers track you around

While we rest assured that secured VPNs and private browsing save us from being tracked around by malicious people using malicious software, a bone-chilling theory has just emerged, claiming that information from our phone batteries could be used to track our presence on the internet.

A well-meaning software in HTML 5 helps websites read how much power is left in your phone batteries to let them tweak themselves to preserve whatever juice is remaining.

However, a study conducted by researchers Lukasz Olejnik, Gunes Acar, Claude Castelluccia and Claudia Diaz has revealed that the same information from the software can be used maliciously by hackers to track you around when you are browsing.

The basic fundamental behind the possibility of a hack is that websites do not ask for your permission to track your battery charge. Since the process is automated, the information can be used to identify your phone when you're accessing different websites on the go.

A hacker interested in tracking what you read and how you go about in your life can easily track similar battery information logged in different websites and will have the ability to know where you are and what you are up to at any point of time.

The fact that user permissions are not mandated in such software operations could either be the result of oversight or the presumption by manufacturers that batteries could never interfere with your privacy.

The researchers have suggested that your permissions for such software activities should be mandated and that you should be made aware of how the battery status software works in real time.

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