Personal information on your smartphone is not only your asset, but unknown bugs can share it and sell it too. The question arises that if we do not give them direct access to our privacy, then how do they bother us by revealing information, and the most important thing is how to stop this act of data leaks from your smartphones.
Also, you need to keep a close eye on the apps that keep flooding your phone. Some apps even seek access to your contacts, location, phone gallery, etc. So be extra careful while granting access to such apps as they may steal your data and sell it to any other company. It is always sagacious to grant permission later.
Moreover, the advertisement is based on your search history, which is annoying when they want to know every time if you like to buy their suggested stuff. Even some hackers want to steal your personal information when you grant permission which they asked for at the installation time. They can share your texts, search history, and your contacts too.
However, most of the services on your device demand your personal information like your name, email id, and so on.
Carissa Véliz, an Associate Professor at the University of Oxford who researched the technology and privacy issue, said,” It is good to have as few apps as possible, because every app can be a privacy threat.”
“When installing apps, be conservative with providing access,” said Hamed Haddadi, who conducts data-security and privacy research at Imperial College London’s computing department. “It’s always easier to allow permissions later.”
iPhone users should keep a close tab on the apps by personalizing their phone’s settings. Go to Settings, scroll through the installed apps list, and tap on the particular app; now, you can see which information you have given to that specific app and change them accordingly.
Also, you can turn on ‘App Privacy report,’ which is in the Setting> privacy option. Finally, you can turn off irritating Ads by selecting Settings>Privacy>Apple Advertising and then select disabling Personalized Ads, and you are done.
For Android users, select Settings> delete Apps for deleting unused apps, Settings>Permission, and tap ‘Don’t allow on your privacy dashboard to save your private information to be shared by these hackers.
You can also track which website has access to your location, camera and microphone by going on the Chrome app settings, then select Privacy and security>site security. Also, to avoid cookies while browsing, you can choose Settings>Privacy>Security>Block third-party cookies.
To stop receiving those annoying advertisements, you can select Settings>Google>Data privacy>Ad setting, then disable Ad personalization. Also, you can visit adsettings.google.com in a browser.