Are you concerned about the security of your personal information? Most people own smartphones but they do not really know that their personal information is not always safe from prying eyes. The websites you visit using your phone may need you to disclose your information in order to collect data that will better personalize your experiences with them. Other websites will gather information through analytics to show you more relevant offers while others will use the information to make navigating there easier. All this sounds fairly innocuous and helpful, but there usually more to it.
Not everyone wants their personal information to be measured, tracked, collected or even served. If you are keen about maintaining your phone privacy, here are some of the ways you can keep track of your personal information and avoid sensitive private data from getting into the wrong set of hands.
Turn Off Location Services
Always turn off location services on your phone if you do not need them. The only time you need to turn on location services is if you are hailing a lift, tagging a location on social media or mapping a route. When your phone’s tracking services are left on, it makes it easy for any website that has access to your personal information to track you. That means that other cyber criminals can easily track your whereabouts and in turn, they can use this information for their advantage.
The truth is many legitimate sites and apps don’t need to know your location for them to function. In case your location information is needed for some reason, they will ask you to disclose your location by default.
Be A Focused Browser
The best way to keep off trackers from your phone is by blocking them in their tracks. How do you do this? By simply being a focused browser. This means that if you are looking for information in the internet, it is best to go to a website that you know offers legitimate news. There are so many websites that spread fake news only to increase traffic in their sites. Sneaky trackers mostly use these fake websites to secretly collect data from phones once you open the site.
After browsing through the internet using your phone, make a point to wipe out your browsing session. That means wipe out any cookies, history or passwords you may have used in your browsing session. Always make sure you visit websites that are secure.
Hide Your ID Using Proxies
It is very tempting to surf on unprotected public networks. In as much as you may try to be a focused browser, you may just find yourself using these networks but they are very unsafe. The best way to protect yourself is to hide your identity anonymously with proxies. Proxies layer your data with privacy protection and security and no hacker or tracker can get to your personal information when using public networks.
Check All Permissions
Every now and then, check your phone to see if there are any permission you may have unknowingly enabled. It helps to delete all apps that you are not using from your phone. Be careful about online games you play on your phone because you may find some have access to your photos or sensitive data. Educate yourself better on how to maintain phone privacy by going through browser tutorials available.