How to protect smartphone against spying

How to protect smartphone against spying

Your mobile phone is spying on you! Yes, it’s reality! Here we will show you, how to protect smartphone against spying.

According to Avast CEO Vincent Steckler, 99 out of 100 top Android apps have “entire control” of mobile devices and can remotely operate them as a user does. Not only that, 92% of the apps can view network connections and nine out of 10 can read stored content as well as modify or delete them without requiring user permission, the Avast executive said.

But there are more ways how your mobile phone can spy on you. Smartphone location services, facebook like buttons on almost every page on the internet, Exif data in your pictures and more, as described for example here.

 

How to protect your phone:

Protect your phone against all possible attacks is impossible. But we will show you few options, how to increase the security level of your phone.

 

1. Install good antivirus

Good antivirus protects you from the latest viruses, malware, spyware, unsafe apps and settings, unwanted callers, and other nasty threats. We recommend AVG android antivirus or Avast antivirus for iPhone.

Suggested antivirus for iPhone:

Suggested antivirus for Android:

 

 

2. Turn off location services

Ok, this is sometimes useful function, especially when you are using navigation, maps, or you want to find near restaurant. But did you know that your iPhone or Android is using that GPS to track your every move, and store data about your whereabouts every time you use your device?

How to turn off location services in Android:

  1. Go to your Settings
  2. Select “Location”
  3. Flip the switch to the “Off” position
  4. If you just want to save battery, just change the Location Mode to “Battery Saving”
  5. Go to Google Location reporting
  6. Disable Location Reporting and Location HistoryHow to turn off location services in Android

 

 

How to turn off location services in iPhone or iPad:

  1. From your Home screen, tap on Settings > Privacy How to turn off location services in iPhone or iPad
  2. Next, Tap on Location Services How to turn off location services in iPhone or iPad
  3. Simply Toggle the switch to turn off Location services
  4. Disable Location Services for System Services. From your Home Screen, tap on Settings > Privacy How to turn off location services in iPhone or iPad
  5. Tap on Location Services and make sure that the switch is turned ON How to turn off location services in iPhone or iPad
  6. Scroll down to find “System services” and tap on it How to turn off location services in iPhone or iPad
  7. You should see a list of System Services that use Location Information How to turn off location services in iPhone or iPad
  8. Simply toggle OFF the services you think are non-essential and keep the essential ones ON.
  9. Disable Location Services for Apps. Once again Launch the settings app from your home screen and then Tap on Privacy How to turn off location services in iPhone or iPad
  10. Tap on Location services How to turn off location services in iPhone or iPad
  11. Go through all the apps listed to find the apps you want to prevent from using location services. Tap on “Never” for all the apps you choose. How to turn off location services in iPhone or iPad
  12. All the apps that you set to  “Never” will not be able to access location information on your iOS device.

 

3. Exif data in your pictures

Android and iPhone Camera defaults to storing GPS and geographic tagging information in the EXIF data of your images. If you don’t want this type of location information stored in a pictures EXIF data, you can disable the feature easily in the setting.

Android:

Thanks to the various versions of Android floating around and different manufacturers using their own different camera apps, the process on Android is not streamlined. The setting to disable it lies somewhere in the Settings menu of the camera app 🙂

 

iPhone

From your Home Screen, tap on Settings > Privacy

How to protect smartphone against spying

Tap on Location Services

How to protect smartphone against spying

Turn off slider for Camera

How to protect smartphone against spying

 

4. Never save all of your passwords

Many users tend to save their passwords to online services and sites on their device, never once thinking about what it would mean to a person who got their hands on the phone. Avoid having all important passwords saved in your device particularly when it comes to banking or payment apps.

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