Tips to protect your phone

Tech companies have been under increasing scrutiny over their data practices in recent years.
 
One of the areas under scrutiny is the ability of smartphones to collect information on the precise locations of their users. 
 
Storing that data is raising privacy questions. Although it's difficult to retract location-sharing with apps on a smartphone that have already gained access to that information, there are ways to stop location-sharing with the apps on your phone. Here are a few tips.
 
To stop location sharing
 
 
If you're using an iPhone
 
1. Go to "Settings"
2. Select "Privacy"
3. Select "Location Services"
4. You'll be able to select the apps with which you want to share your location
 
 
 
If you're using an Android
 
1. Go to "Settings"
2. Select "Biometrics and Security"
3. Select "App Permissions"
4. Select "Location"
5. For each of the apps on your phone, you'll be able to choose whether you want to share your location

 

To disable a mobile advertising ID
 
A mobile advertising ID can track a smartphone user's online activity and send it to advertisers and app makers. Follow these steps to disable this feature.
 
 
If you're using an iPhone
 
1. Go to "Settings"
2. Select "Privacy"
3. Select "Location Services"
4. Select "System Services"
5. Turn off "Location-Based Apple Ads"
 
 
If you're using an Android
 
1. Go to "Settings"
2. Select "Google"
3. Under "Services," select "Ads"
4. Turn on "Opt Out of Ads Personalization" by moving the switch
 
Other tips
 
  • Remove apps you're no longer using from your phone entirely to minimize the amount of data you share
  • If you have a Google account, you can learn more about how to manage your location history here
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