Your Smartphone Battery Is Not Spying On You

A video exhibiting an NFC-clad sticker on a battery in a smartphone has gone viral at this time. This video means that this smartphone was utilizing an NFC sticker to “record each photo of yours on your phone battery.” What we are going to’ve to do right now’s get very serious and really clear about this situation. Your battery – and the NFC antenna that may or may not be attached to it – isn’t stealing your images and sending them to our estranged government overlords. It is just not.

We are not going to provide the unique source of this conspiracy the time of day – or the link, for that matter – for two reasons. 1st, the supply does not want any more attention than they have already got, as they provide no proof for their theory one way or another – all he does is tear a sticker off his Galaxy S4’s battery and suggest that the gear inside is a part of Samsung’s plan to steal your photos.

Instead, under the sticker surrounding – and protecting – the contents of the Galaxy S4’s battery is an NFC antenna. This tiny wire is looped a number of times around in a sq. shape.

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It is a regular NFC compatible logo. It is the image you see wherever you can use your device to tap and pay utilizing software like Apple Pay or Android Pay. Using NFC.

Whereas this fellow who began this madness desires to believe that he is rid his phone of spy hardware made for sending images to the internet, he is only actually destroyed a piece of his phone that is completely incapable of doing anything of the sort.

NFC tag like this needs your smartphone to be within 20cm of its target to activate, and even then it stays incapable of connecting to the web on its own.

There is completely nothing to fret about here. No one is stealing images with this hardware.

Please inform anyone who is come in contact with this utter madness to relax, and that they do NOT have to destroy their battery to be free of photo-stealing thieves.

Is this as unhealthy as that time individuals were convinced to microwave their iPhones to charge them up? It very well may be.


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