Being A Bit Stealth, Are We...Our smartphones are super-smart when it comes to knowing where we are and what we're doing. It is getting more and more pervasive and personally identifying by the day. Our searches, our site visits, even what we say in our texts and where we are when we say it can be collected, analyzed and shared with other sites and businesses. Collecting and selling our information is BIG business. Way, way creepy at times. But, when it comes to iPhone privacy, you do have some control
You Don't Have To Share Everything...Here are 5 great, easy iPhone privacy tips, specifically catered to limit the sharing of information that's collected while you use your smartphone. We include examples for iPhone, but any Android phone will have similar landmines that you can hop over. TechWellness is my passion project, but interestingly enough, I work as the co-CEO of an advertising agency by day so ads & marketing are of special interest to me. Advertisers are eating up the delicious bounty of data that are being collected from all of our smartphone usages. So that's cool, but, I'm a mindful iPhone user and I just want everyone to be aware of what exactly their sharing about themselves. While doing research for our Best Facebook Settings for the Facebook guide, I realized that most people don't know what they're allowing when they press those "Settings" buttons. Step by Step this should take about 10 minutes . . .
1. Advertisers, please don't follow my every move!
2. Privacy while on "Safari"Safari is the iPhone's built-in browser to the internet. Anytime you link online, if you haven't installed another browser, you're linking through Safari. Searching and surfing on Safari have its own set of privacy implications. Our recommends and why: Go to your phone's Safari settings. Five important things are there that will make your advertising experience way less creepy:
4. Location, Location, LocationYou may have decided to stop apps from looking at your location above. BUT, there's one other Location setting to check. This is for Find My Phone and something called Frequent Locations. This finds everywhere you go often and maps it with time and date stamps. I'm not quite sure why anyone would want this except maybe a Mom might like to see it on her kid's phone or maybe a spouse. Anyway, if it seems unnecessary to you here's out to make it go away: 1 In Your Settings ->Privacy ->Location Services -> System Services, you can disable Frequent Locations. 2. I Location-based alerts can also be turned off from here as you can Location-based ads. You might also want to check Settings -> Privacy -> Location Services -> Share My Location
5. Check your Keyboards
Here's to staying safe and private in our connected world!
XO August + Tech Wellness Tribe