Director of the Department of Digital Economy at Synergy University Roman Soldatenkov told whether it is possible to determine the location of a smartphone if it is disabled. Geolocation data can be transmitted to cybercriminals only through bugs specially installed in the device, but not through the device itself.
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To make sure that there are no signals from the switched off smartphone, Roman Soldatenkov advises to bring it closer to the radio, music speaker or microphone. If the device starts to beep, then special “beacons” can be installed on it to track the location.
According to the specialist, a rapidly discharging battery is another sign of bugs in the gadget. For example, if after servicing the smartphone in the service, its battery does not hold the charge in the same way as before, it is likely that, along with the repair work, the master performed other manipulations.
The expert recalled that if the device is not turned off permanently, but is nevertheless periodically used to view the weather or time forecast, it is quite possible to track a person's location.
Earlier, an IT specialist warned the Russians about the dangers of unoriginal smartphone chargers.