Inconspicuous setting on your iPhone could let anyone see where you've been in seconds, here's the fix
Speaking of privacy, many among us have been forced onto high alert, what with all the various revelations around the NSA and its nasty (not to mention, illegal) snooping practices. But the top spy agency is only part of the problem, as gadget manufacturers need to consistently address vulnerabilities and tighten control, minimizing the possibility of a privacy breach. While effort has definitely been put towards that end, we still occasionally stumble upon features available in smartphones that can be easily exploited by members of the public that are up to no good.
Apple's iOS – the platform that drives your iPhone – has one such potentially dangerous weakness called 'Frequent Locations'. Buried several submenus deep into the settings, this pane stores all your frequently traveled to locations, making it easy for anyone who has access to your phone to find out precisely where and when you were at point A or B. This isn't limited to just your home and work addresses, but also includes places that you often hang out at, especially if you hook up to a local Wi-Fi access point when there.
This may sound familiar to a few of you – after all, China cried foul back in the summer of 2014, and claimed that such a feature is a national security risk. The reality, however, is that the 'Frequent Locations' tab is still very much alive, and you may be terrified to find out just how easy it is to access it and get a fairly accurate idea of your comings and goings. Since this location data never leaves your device according to Apple, your whereabouts are likely off limits in terms of remote attacks, but anyone with access to your device can potentially use this to stalk you.
Find below step-by-step information on how you can find the inconspicuous 'Frequent Locations' tab and how you can turn it off.