This inforgraphic tells you how to stop others from spying on you via your smartphone

This inforgraphic tells you how to stop others from spying on you via your smartphone
On Thursday, we received an infographic that answers some questions that you might have about who is spying on your phone. Don't tell us that you've never given the matter some thought. And the scary thing is that your privacy can be compromised without you having a clue. According to the inforgraphic, smartphone users are being tracked by government agencies at home, in hotel rooms and while receiving medical care.

It is not just the government that is squeezing information out of your handset. When you go shopping, retailers are using Wi-Fi to track your movement inside stores. They are also looking at the apps on your phone to determine your age, and which demographic you belong to. Want to screw up this system? Load apps on your phone that your kids use. Or, install apps that use a foreign language that you can't read. With the information gleaned from your handset, retailers try to figure out the best way to layout their store. Again, you can mess this up by visiting departments of the store that you normally wouldn't be caught dead in.

The infographic shows you what hackers are doing with the data on your phone, like stealing personal information and identities. In combination with malware, hackers can even take over your phone almost as though it were possessed. To make it harder to be tracked, you can turn off Location Services on your iPhone, and toggle off Frequent Locations and Improve Maps. The former keeps track of the places you like to frequent the most, and the latter uses this info to help improve Apple Maps.

On Android, you can go into Location services and remove the checkmarks from GPS satellites and Google's location services. There are also apps recommended to help you stymie those keeping an eye on you via your phone. In stores, to remain unknown, you should turn off your Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. In addition, do not allow your apps to collect personal data.

Click on the slideshow to view this infographic, which we have cut into several smaller images for your convenience.


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12 Comments

1. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Can someone point me towards a country that values personal freedoms? Because clearly it's not the US. Honestly articles like this just further contribute to America's fear culture which controls the public. Scared people stay in line. The world is the safest its been since humanity has existed.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

It's really like this in any country that's not 3rd world. This is the age of terrorism & anyone or place now can be a target. It's not just the US where terror strikes. It's now all over the world.

4. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

You've been indoctrinated by fear culture. Terrorism only has power over cowards. Look at 9/11. 2996 people died. Out of 250,000,000 US citizens. Odds say 1/83,000 or so. Ill take those odds any day. Ill play russian roulette for fun with 1/83,000 chambers loaded. And this is the catalyst for all this extra surviellance? Im at more risk of dying from complications from the common cold. Compared to 99% of our history, we are unbelievably safe.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The solution is simple. Get a 2G feature phone with no WIFI or GPS. Another question is when yourself and someone you cared get hurt who would you blame?

9. CitizenX

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

I was going to tell you what a ridiculously inaccurate comment that is SuperAndroidEvo, but then it occurred to me that you simply are unaware of reality. Terrorism, is for the most part, manufactured for a means to an end. Wether its to gain geo political advantage, sell arms, create fear etc, its all part of a grand agenda. Its comprehensive and complicated, but there is plenty of information out there. Educate yourself, because what your being taught isn't the reality. Question what you see and hear. The media is corrupt to the core. strudelz100 is spot on.

5. androtaku

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

north korea is your country to migrate then even hongkong ran the risk losing their freedom of speech learn to appreciate what you have is a bless

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Go ahead, make my day. Track me. Then maybe some retailers will carry what I am looking for instead of shopping online.

12. VHMP01

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

Plus you don't need to go to shopping malls anymore, so you don't spend money in things that would have called your attention even if that was not what you were looking for! In other words, we spend less in pointless sales! Cool!

6. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

If you disable location tracking, you won't be able to use those services that allow you to find your phone should it go missing.

8. dimas

Posts: 3383; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Enemy of the state. Great movie about survelliance and years after, people are giving away their location and daily scheds from facebook to twitter's 24/7 updates. Privacy is becoming obsolete for this generation. Some kids aren't even worried being tracked.

10. teflontaine

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

So much for everyone getting a microchip to accommadate the new world order. We are all voluntarily carrying a slab surround that tells any and everthing about us. It's kinda sad!

11. CitizenX

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 27, 2014

yep that's right

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