Do you set the password on your mobile device? Do you keep your phone under your fingerprint? Do you keep some of the mobile apps in app lock? Why all this? The only reason behind all these security is privacy and secrecy. What if even after all these tactics, there is still someone out there keeping a track of your data and location? Scary, isn’t it? Yes, of course, it is. So, is your mind faffing with the thoughts who and how is all this happening?
Majority of the apps on your mobile device accumulate certain data to some limit. This is very usual whether it be on the part of the Android app development company or the device maker as the programmer intended to work on the user experience. At some point in time, the threat of cyber crimes has led this matter in focus and the users are under constant fear about their privacy. The illegitimate use of the data which majority of the companies collect has evoked a strong fear of personal and financial information leading out.
To your astonishment, Google was caught collecting cell tower location data secretly of the Android users even while the users have turned off the location data. The big names like UC Browser, Uber, and even OnePlus are generally heard for the scan for the data services tips. Before, you start criticizing these companies, it is important to understand that modern apps on the mobile devices need access to the data of the device to work as it is expected to work. Take the example of Facebook, one needs to switch on the location for checking in at a particular place. Even the Google maps will need to switch on the location data to aid you with better navigation facilities. Also, the traffic data in the Google maps is anonymously getting data from plenty of Android devices that people carry while they are walking on the road. Having said all that it’s extremely necessary to impose some data control on your Android devices.
So, before your device become your detective and follow your each and every movement, it’s important to impose control on the type of access you give to any of your Android devices. Primarily, you must have a check on the location settings of your mobile applications. Keep an eye on which apps are using your location data. This can be checked by going to settings then choosing security and location and the location. An alternate way of checking which apps are tracking your location is to go to settings then go to apps and then click on the apps and then tap on the certain app and check whether the app is tracking your location or not. This will avail you to check all the access that a particular app has over your data. When compared both the methods to check your location data, the 2nd one is preferable and easy.
When you are on the phase of setting up a new Android device, a message from Google will be displayed on the screen. Generally users will accept the message without even reading the entire message. The message from Google is regarding seeking the permission to have access to the location services. Location services by Google use resources like Wi-Fi and mobile network for giving location data in more rapid and accurate manner. If you have already granted location access while setting up, you can still disable it at any time. You need to go to Launch settings then go to security and location option and then choose device only option. By doing so, the Google will be using mere GPS to determine the location.