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10 Things You Need To Know About Privacy

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Hide apps

There are plenty of apps available on the Play store that can help password protect the apps stored on your phone. One of the best is NQ Mobile Vault, which adds an individual PIN number to each app, enabling you to keep them safe from prying eyes. This is particularly useful if you use your phone for mobile banking.

NQ Mobile Vault

NQ Mobile Vault

Remain hidden online

All of the main Android web browsers contain a private browsing feature of some kind that enables you to browse the internet without leaving any virtual track of what you've been searching for, or the websites you've been visiting. Perfect if you've been doing some present shopping.

Stop intruders

Some applications come with a brilliant feature that will take a snapshot of anyone who tries to get into your phone when you're not near your device. This is a great feature to add if you want to keep messages, emails and other files private.

Manage Google apps

There’s no denying that Google collects a lot of data about you through its range of apps, but it’s easy enough to remove and stop any collected data getting to the internet giant. Go on to the Chrome Browser and find the Apps section from which you’ll be able to manage each individual Google app and control the data it has collected.

GMail

GMail

Facebook posts

Depending on how open you’re on Facebook, it’s possible to keep your posts private from everyone on your friends’ list and instead specifically select the people you want to share that post with. A great way of keeping on top of privacy.

Location sharing

Another key privacy issue to consider is geo-tagging, especially when you create posts on various social media sites. If your GPS isn’t turned off you’ll find that most sites include a location sharing feature that lets people know exactly where your current location is when you post.

Geo-tagging

Geo-tagging

Checking app permissions

When you download an app, make sure that you check out the various app permissions that come as standard. With many of the bigger applications, especially social media ones, you’ll find that permissions can be pretty intrusive on your device. Have a close look at them.

Check App permissions

Check App permissions

Online storage (making files private)

Apps like Google Drive and Dropbox are great solutions for those needing some cloud storage, but one of the features that is usually forgotten about is that each file you upload can be made privately available to a handful of users.

Removing search history

Every time you conduct a Google search, the app automatically saves the history of the search. Google in turn will then target adverts at you based on your history. Go to the Setting in Google Search to remove your history and to keep your searches private.

What has been reported?

One app you should definitely download is Clueful, a clever piece of software that shows you how your installed apps use your data. The software then scans the applications on your device in great detail to provide fixes from them and make them safe to use without your data being distributed around.

Clueful

Clueful

 

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