Are location services invading your privacy?
Wed, 07 May 2014 03:48:04 GMT —
Your smart phone stores a lot of information. In addition to all the pictures tagged with people you know, it knows where you've been, oftentimes who youâ??re with, where youâ??re what you eat and who you call.
So who else has access to that information?
According to a Best Buy technician, Apple and Google are both secure, and are safe about who they provide information to, but there are websites that may ask for location services that are malicious.
Experts recommend antivirus software for Android and other open-sourced operating systems.
Even though privacy concerns in this digital age are no small matter, experts say more people are taking risks than you'd think.
Getting back on the right track is just a matter of asking the right questions.
â??Who's getting my information? What are they doing with my information? How can I prevent the bad people from getting my information?â?? posed Brady Macomber, a Best Buy technician and former Apple Expert. â??It's surprisingly not that common of a question. I don't know if it's really on the forefront of people's minds as much as it should be.â??
Macomber said there's a lot of personal information up for grabs and many people carrying around smart phones don't realize it.
More and more applications are asking for permission to log your location, which means they can pinpoint where you are at any given moment.
â??There's a lot of random apps like a flashlight app that wants to know where you are and text messages and stuff,â?? said Glenn Thompson of Mesick.
Thompson is on his fourth smart phone and regularly checks applications using location services on his phone with the help of another app.
â??I open that app every now and again to see what's tracking what. I kind of get an idea. If something doesn't need this information, I delete it. I only have a few that are checking my personal information right now,â?? said Thompson.
Experts say it's wise to go back in and clear out those nosy apps. It's also important to know what you're signing up for up front.
â??Itâ??s kind of smart to think about what websites you're saying yes to. The big joke is that nobody reads the end user license agreement. You should always read what you're agreeing to on the internet,â?? said Macomber.
To check your settings or read the fine print, go to your phone's privacy settings and click on location services. Once you're there, you can decide which applications should have access to your personal information.
â??You can go in and check off the ones you don't want anymore. I know a lot of websites will access that. You can just switch off Safari and Google chrome completely and that will deny all access to those websites,â?? explained Macomber.