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4 Tips to Control Your Privacy with Phone Settings

Your phone knows a lot about you—maybe too much. Here's some tips to manage your personal information with phone settings.

By
Eric Escobar
4-minute read
Episode #195

Siri and Google Now

One thing that most people don’t realize is how much information is available through Siri and Google Now. If you’re not familiar with either of these, they are virtual assistants you can ask to do any number of tasks, from setting reminders to getting you directions home. Even if your phone is locked, by default you can still access them. This is so that you can use them while driving, or so you simply don’t have to go through the process of unlocking your phone every time you want to use them.

One reason that you may want to disable Siri or Google Now when your phone is locked comes down to what can be accessed with them. Simply asking “Give me directions home,” “Read my text messages aloud,” or “What’s on my calendar today?” could give out information about yourself you would rather someone not have.

Here's more tips for using Siri and Google Now on iOS and Android.

Limit Ad Tracking

By default, most phones will have some type of ad tracking in them. This will take things such as your location, web history, and apps in order to direct you to advertisements that are more tailored to you. Some people like this because the advertisements are helpful, or help them find something that they are looking for, or maybe even find a coupon.

I, on the other hand, find it creepy, and also funny to see what ads have been “targeted” to me. Luckily, this is an incredibly easy setting to turn off in the settings of your phone. Most people don’t even know that it exists. Check out the following links to learn how to remove advertisement tracking from your iOS and Android phone.

Well, that’s it for today! Be sure to check out all my earlier episodes at techtalker.quickanddirtytips.com. And if you have further questions about this podcast or want to make a suggestion for a future episode, post them on Facebook.com/QDTtechtalker.

Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple!

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Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.

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