Privacy Safety: How To Prevent Unwanted Location Tracking

If you are up to date with all the negative technology beats doing the rounds, you must know that your smart gadgets are probably tracking you!

It is no joke that people have been quite concerned about the violation of the privacy rights ever since smart gadgets have made an entry into our lives. Of course, smart devices make our lives easier every day, but navigation systems installed in our phones and gadgets are capable of tracking our every movement. This is, of course, a grave concern since it could be a violation of someone’s privacy. Here are a few tips on how you can prevent your gadgets from tracking your location when you don’t want it!

Disable Your Phone’s Location Services

This is the first obvious thing you should do. Whenever you download an application on your phone, you sometimes grant that application permissions to use your location. Other times, when you are on the road, you may switch on the GPS navigation system. Either way, most people forget to switch the location services off. As a result, the app continues to have access to your location at all time. To stop that, be mindful of when you have finished using the app and disable the location services. You can go to the settings menu on your gadgets and find the location setting to switch it off.

Use A Private Browser That Does Not Require Your IP Address

The most popular browsers that you use to search stuff on the internet use your IP addresses to track down your location. This is because these browsers use your location for target ads and to personalise your search results. While that is useful, it also poses a severe privacy concern. The solution is to use a private browsers. There are a lot of private browsers available that do not use your IP addresses and lets you browse the internet without that hassle. Replace your usual online browsers for private browsers and you would be sorted.

Scan For Spyware On Your Gadgets And Remove Them

Hackers can get access to your location and other private details through spyware. Every time you hit a spam e-mail or have a malicious app downloaded on your gadget, it could let the hackers get access to your location and personal information. Check your gadgets for unfamiliar apps and remove them to maintain your location data privacy.

Urbee Sarkar

A content writer by the day and hardcore Netflix enthusiast by the night, Urbee believes the world to be a story, a ‘tour de force’ in the making. A blind supporter of coffee, she spends her time with her face buried in books on most days when she is not writing. On the other days, she strums her favourite songs while secretly planning for her next trip into the mountains. Urbee is a lit post-grad who has worked as a feature writer for digital media firms and believes the content industry to be her calling.
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