Keeping all the apps open every time can be risky
Most of the phone makers or app developers record user data to fine-tune their services for a better user experience. But there have been always concerns about the misuse of the data. The report claims that Android devices have been collecting location of its nearby cell towers using sending them to Google, even if the location services are turned off on the user’s phone. A report says that this was a part of Google experiment to improve message delivery on Android devices and will put an end to it with an update later this month.
Let’s take a look at how to control what Google knows about you:-
Keep personal information details private
Users shouldn’t share your location and some private details to such apps. Usually, Google collects information about users’ location using like IP address, GPS, Wi-Fi access points or cell towers. It uses the location history to offer better recommendations from Google Assistant or traffic predictions in Maps. Users should restrict Google from collecting location data as well as their location history.
Users can disable this feature in Settings- >Google->Location->Location history. If you don’t want to completely turn off the location history, you can visit the location history in Maps->Timeline and remove particular locations manually.
Stop advertisers from tracking you
Android Smartphone is assigned a unique advertising ID. It allows Google to identify users’ preference and then shows advertisements based on areas that users are more interested in. However, people can stop or avoid apps from using their advertising ID to target them.
Users can disable this feature in Settings- >Google->Ads. Advertising ID includes some device-specific information such as model name, OS version, and even mobile number.
Threat from third-party apps
Google also provides users the option to log in to third-party apps using their Google account. It speeds up things for users as they don’t have to remember and type usernames and passwords, but is major privacy risk as it allows third-party apps access to Google credentials.
The best thing is that users can delink the app from Google anytime they want in Google Plus->Menu->Account->Apps with Google+ Sign in.
Which data to save
To help users view and manage their online activity across all Google apps, Google came up with a My Activity page. Anything from Google search to YouTube history, voice commands, and device information is saved here. If users are concerned about these info are in wrong hands, they can delete an activity data or simply disable the MyActivity option in Google->MyActivity->Activity Controls.
Reset browser history
Google uses data saved in cookies and cookies files are created and saved by websites based on users’ browsing history. Users can block cookies by resetting the browser Chrome->Settings->Privacy->Clear Browsing history.
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