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We used to download apps, enable permissions, and share data, without any second thoughts. Nowadays, most people want more control over their information.

It starts with protecting yourself from endless data breaches, leaks and hacks. When was the last time you checked to make sure your information didn’t float around the web so someone could find it? Tap or click to check your email address against a database of major hacks.

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Then you have to deal with Big Tech giants. It’s hard to do much online without Google and Facebook knowing about it. Tap or click here for important settings all should be adjusted to protect your privacy.

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And what about all those apps on your phone? It’s easier than ever to see if they know exactly where you are – and put it off if you want to.

Your place is yours for safety

Some apps need to know where you are in order to function correctly. Many who don’t need it request access, and you probably said yes when you installed it.

On your iPhone or iPad, follow these steps to change your overall tracking preference:

  • Tap Adjustment, navigate down privacy and tap location services.
  • If the first slider is rotated FeatherThis means that apps can track you.
  • slide it Close If you want to universally forbid your device from using location services.

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The list of apps displayed under Location Services shows access to your location and how often it is used. If you want to change the setting, tap on a specific app. you can choose neverhandjob ask next timehandjob while using the app Or Always.

To take advantage of Apple’s app tracking transparency, tap to change its setting Adjustment, tapping privacyhandjob selection To keep an eye, and toggle Allow apps to request tracking.

On Android, first check to see which apps have access to your location:

  • Swipe down from the top of the screen and press down Location. If it’s not there, find your Settings menu and find Location.
  • Tap app permission. You’ll see a list of apps that can access your location at any time, only when it’s in use, or when you give permission.

You can change app permissions here, or try this method:

  • On your Home screen, find the app’s icon. Touch and hold the icon for the app you want to adjust.
  • tap info icon > permissions > Location.
  • choose from all the timehandjob When using the app only, ask every time, Or Refuse.

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things to keep in mind

Turning off location services disables your smartphone from tracking your location, but it does have some disadvantages. The most obvious thing is that apps like Maps, Uber and your weather app of choice will not be able to determine your exact location.

To get around this, you can either change the setting so that apps only use your location when using the app or manually turn it on or off as needed.

Eliminating location tracking entirely can be a pain. Android and iOS offer built-in options to minimize and limit ad tracking if that’s more your speed.

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Also turn off ad tracking

These changes will not prevent companies from tracking your phone activities. They won’t limit the number of ads you can see—but they Will Allows you to reset your advertising ID and unlink any targeted advertising profiles associated with your gadgets.

That means less creepy ads that make it clear that advertisers know what you’re doing online and what your priorities are.

On iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch:

  • go to Adjustment > privacy.
  • Tap apple ad. Toggle personalized ads Close.

On Android:

  • go to Adjustment and tap Google.
  • Tap advertisement. toggle Feather Opt out of personalizing ads.

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