you are wondering what the big fuss is about keeping the government
from accessing your cellphone data without a warrant, read on . . .
your privacy is important to you (at least what can be controlled by
you), a piece of black tape is already over the camera on your
computer. How about your cellphone?
ownership is at an all-time high, and microphones are an essential
hardware feature on every phone. What does it mean for your privacy?
Is Your Phone Listening to Your Conversations
To review the permissions you have already granted to apps, like Google:
On a Samsung, Motorola, or other Android-based phone, go to Settings > Privacy and Safety > App Permissions.
On an iPhone iOS, go to Settings > Privacy. Both have an entry for microphone, which lists all the apps that have access. If you see something suspicious, investigate.
services like Siri or Google Assistant, your phone is always listening
for a keyword, but that is processed locally. It does not start
recording your audio until it hears “Ok Google” or “Hey Siri.”
that point, it records and uploads an audio file. You can turn these
features off quite easily; for example, on Android, go o Settings > Google > Search & Now > Voice. Turn “Ok Google” detection off.
Tired of Products Pushed In Your Face
Kim Komando, a leader in gathering high-tech information to share with the consumer, stated that back in March 2015, AT&T surprised everyone when it added a new option to its GigaPower fiber Internet service: privacy. Yes, for just $29 more a month AT&T promises it WON’T sell your search and browsing history to advertisers. How generous.
there’s still some doubt about how private your information is even
after you pay the $29, at least AT&T is being honest about how it
finances operations. The truth is, the major cellphone carriers are more
than happy to sell your information to advertisers and serve you
targeted ads over their networks.
Options You Can Control
If you’re an iPhone user, you need to go into Settings, and then tap Privacy. Scroll all the way down to Advertising.
You’ll see a button labeled says, “Limit ad tracking.”
If it’s not showing a green color, slide the button so that it shows
green. This will stop ad companies from tracking what you do with your
phone and serving up targeted ads.
Right underneath that setting, by the way, you’ll see the “Reset Advertising Identifier” option. Tapping on that will zero out the anonymized identifier linked to your personal data on Apple’s servers.
other words, to trackers you’ll appear to be a new user. This can make
it more difficult (but not impossible) for advertisers to build up a
profile on how you browse.
To turn off the Google “AdID” system, you do not go to your Android phone settings, but your Google Settings app. You might have to look under your full list of apps to find it.
Once you are in Google Settings, tap the Ads link and then tap “Opt out of interest-based ads.” You can also see your advertising ID and tap “Reset advertising ID” to make a new one. This will make you look like a new user to advertisers.
To turn off Personalized ads in Windows Phone, go to Microsoft’s ad opt-out page and under “Personalize ads whenever I use my Microsoft account” click “Off.”
will need to be signed in with a Windows account to do this. Make sure
you sign in with the same account you use on your Windows Phone. This
also turns off personalized ads for Internet Explorer in Windows 8.
Ads aren’t the only way you’re tracked on your phone. Google and Apple might be tracking your searches.