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Privacy on your Smartphone

Privacy on your Smartphone

Five ways to maintain your privacy, no downloads required.

There are apps you can download to handle your privacy, but those apps may be a security risk themselves. In the always connected world here are five tips for maintaining your privacy.

Privacy concerns used to be dependent on losing your wallet or discarding sensitive information in your trash. Now days most people carry their identity in a smartphone, this makes them vulnerable to exploitation by hackers and criminals.

In this digital age protecting your privacy is very difficult, particularly on a mobile device.

Without downloading a single app, there are a few things you can do to keep your security safe.

1. Use a fingerprint or passcode

You can use a passcode or fingerprint unlock to turned on your device. There are ways to get around this, but it adds an another security layer that’s going to stop most people.

2. Check your app permissions

Some legitimate apps may request permissions that hurt security. Don’t just grant permission an app is asking for. Google the app to see if other people have had problems with giving permission.

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On Android review permissions of installed apps. Open Settings, tapping on Privacy, and then tapping on App Permissions. It will tell you by category and allows you to review what apps have access to which part of your phone.

iOS functions similarly: open Settings, tap on Privacy, and choose the particular part of your device you want to check. Apps that have requested particular permissions will show up in certain categories, allowing you to toggle their access on and off.

3. Make sure the service “Find My Phone” is activated

Android and iOS offer device location service. You must install the app, set them up, and give the software permission to run. If your phone is lost or stolen, you have the options to remotely wipe data, lock your device, and deactivate your device.

Losing your phone is terrible, but compromising your identity is much worse.

4. Don’t ignore updates

If you let your OS get out of date, it will leave your device vulnerable. Just like your PC updates are very important. Many of the updates you receive, are to plug security holes, in both iOS and Android devices. If you aren’t running the newest version, you could be open to being hacked, and that may be avoided.

5. Turn on Do Not Track in your web browser

Both Safari and Chrome have options to tell websites not to track you, which is how they gather advertising data and other personally identifying info. Turning this option on in both browsers eliminates one more leak of personal info. Many websites may not use that data maliciously, but you’re always better safe than sorry.

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