We are always surrounded by one or the other technological device every time. Whether we are working or getting bored, we pull out some or the other gadget to get the work done or kill the boredom. As Android has the biggest market share, we thought to give you guys a little guide to protecting your privacy while you are using it.
Not many are aware that your Android device can contain some sensitive and personal information that shouldn’t be made public. Information like your locations, purchase history, credit card details, and many other are unknowingly collected by your Android device.
In order to keep your privacy intact, just follow few below-mentioned steps to safeguard your personal details.
How to protect your Privacy on Android phone:
Basic and Advanced Google settings:
Google being the maker of Android, it has its own settings panel where you can control a lot of things related to your Google account. For that, from the App drawer, go to Google Now. Tap the Menu button (Three lines) and then tap on Settings. Here you can control location history, search history and many such things which you feel Google shouldn’t be monitoring.
After you are done with the basics, you can go to Accounts & Privacy under the same section and enable/disable things you would like to control.
Controlling privacy in third-party apps:
Most of the standard apps offer a settings section inside their app. Over there, you can control things that the app is monitoring. For example, you can disable location access if it is available in any of the third-party apps. This is highly recommended, as most of the times these types of settings are enabled by default. So before you start using any newly installed app, do not forget to go to its settings sections.
Keep your browsing under control using Chrome:
As you are an Android user, you are most likely to be using Google Chrome browser to cruise around the internet. Chrome is also set to collect some of your information while you are busy surfing the web. It is programmed to collect your browsing interest, location, and other such stuff. These things are used by Google to provide you with relevant ads. In case you are uncomfortable, you can disable it from the Settings section of Google Chrome browser.
Controlling App permission and Location access:
If you are too lucky to have Marshmallow on your Android device, then you should be able to set App permission depending on your preferences. To do so, head to the Settings app and tap on App Permissions. Under that, you can set permissions for all of the installed apps.
After you are done with setting permissions, you should also disable Location access system wide. You can enable it whenever you need it and then again disable it so that no app can access your location all the time. To disable location, you can either pull down the Quick settings panel from the Home screen and disable the GPS icon or you can do the same from Settings app as well.
All these little things look very easy and normal, but they hold your privacy firmly. In addition, there are also many third party applications for the purpose of Firewall and VPN that can be used to browse the internet anonymously and safely.
That’s all folks! If you have anything to add to this article that can be helpful to fellow Android users, then don’t forget to let us know in the comments.