Tagged: phone apps

Are We Too Connected?

Aug 23, 2019 |

Man using his phone in bed

We are addicted to our phones. We use them at work, at home, in restaurants, and anywhere else we can get a signal. Phone apps exist for everything from shopping to caller ID apps for iPhone to your local dentist’s office. People claim radiation from phones can cause serious health issues, including cancer or brain tumors. Activists call for bans on the placement of cell towers. They fear the introduction of 5G wireless services, claiming grave health concerns.

5G High Band Signals

Groups express growing fears regarding 5G. 2G, 3G and 4G posed concerns but phone carriers use low (600MHz) to midband spectrums for those services – 2.5GHz, 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz-4.2GHz bands. However, Verizon and AT&T, among others, have said that they will use higher bands for 5G. The FCC has sold off airwaves in the 24GHz-28GHz range. They will soon sell licenses for 37GHz, 39GHz, and 47GHz bands.

Why All the Concern?

People have concerns over the high band spectrum because it needs denser radio distributions. Additionally, there is little research on the effects of using higher frequency bands and exposure to increased radiation. Fans of 5G say high band frequencies are non-ionizing, lacking the energy to break apart DNA and cause cells to be more prone to cancer.

More Towers

5G networks will require more, smaller towers within short distances of each other.  Carriers will put towers every few blocks rather than every few miles. Some people worry that more towers means more cell tower radiation. 5G uses more towers due to the super high-frequency millimeter wavelengths it uses. Signals transmitted via millimeter waves are limited and can’t penetrate walls or even natural things like leaves on trees, a problem that also requires more towers to ensure a strong signal.

NY Representative Thomas Suozzi (D) recently stated in a letter to the FCC, “Small cell towers are being installed in residential neighborhoods in close proximity to houses throughout my district. “I have heard instances of these antennae being installed on light poles directly outside the window of a young child’s bedroom. Rightly so, my constituents are worried that should this technology be proven hazardous in the future, the health of their families and value of their properties would be at serious risk.”

Activists Call for Research

Activists say 5G deployments should be stopped until the results of safety tests are complete.

Martin Pall, a professor emeritus at Washington State University, says the existing evidence is clear – cellphone radiation is dangerous.

“What we’re doing is destroying our health,” stated Pall in a recent interview. He believes that if 5G deployments aren’t halted, “we [as a society] are playing around with our very survival.”

Pall is one of many who believe the risks are real. Many new outlets and social media forums are full of similar predictions. Some accuse the phone industry of hiding data about the dangers of 5G, much like the tobacco industry hid the truth about the dangers of cigarette smoking.

Phone carriers continue to move ahead while activists and lawmakers go to war to protect the public.

Who is Tracking You?

Mar 19, 2019 |

Tracer apps are commonplace

Parents use tracking apps to stay abreast of their children’s whereabouts and to keep them safe. The apps use GPS and other technology to see the child’s location. The apps can see who the kids are talking to and what websites they visit. The tools help parents by giving them peace of mind and to prevent dangers to children. No one can say bad things about using the technology for this purpose. People can also track other family members. The apps are helpful when friends or family are separated in crowded places like airports, concerts or amusement parks. They can track adults that have medical issues like dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

The Down Side

Jealous lovers, nosy employers and others often use the same technology to spy on others. The person being tracked often doesn’t know. In addition, the apps allow others to take down phone numbers. The can use an iPhone cell phone trace app or similar program to learn the identity and location of the third party. One attorney reported a 40% increase in his divorce caseload since the technology was introduced.

Popular Tracking Apps

Some apps allow users to track GPS as well as cell phones, including the person’s travel history. People can buy and use the following legal apps to trace others:

Find My Friends

Users can download Find My Friends for Android and iPhone. It tracks people on your contact list and allows you to know where they are at any given time. It syncs with maps and contacts on iPhones.

Connect

This app is equal parts useful and scary. It was designed for iPhone or iPad and allows users to track anyone on their contact lists. Users don’t use a virtual check-in like FourSquare, but location settings allow this type of app to check location as well as your photos and status updates.

Trick or Tracker 3.0

Kids love Halloween. However, it can be a scary time for parents if the children wander off to see decorations or go to the house that offers the best candy. Kids wearing costumes make it difficult to find the right child, especially if the costume is popular and worn my many. The free app is downloaded onto all connected phones and can alert parents if the child leaves a previously determined area. Users can use the app all year long. Also, latchkey kids can ping their parents when they arrive home.

Phone Tracker

Phone Tracker uses mapping and GPS technology to track people like family members and employees. Users don’t need to have the app engaged for it to work and will also track a target’s movements over the past 24 hours, within 30 feet.

AccuTracking

AccuTracking was designed for company use to track vehicles using GPS. It was introduced over a decade ago and is used primarily for desktop or laptop computers. Users that download the app is not supported by some phones, including iPhones.

Using tracking apps can be a godsend when it comes to safety, however, they should be used with caution if tracking an unsuspecting target.