Is Your Smartphone Tracking You?


(KFSM) – Your smartphone could be tracking you, and you probably don’t even know it’s happening.

Smartphones have revolutionized the world by letting us communicate in a multitude of ways, and all the information you could want is right at your finger tips. However, there is a downside.

It’s a feature hidden deep in the settings of your Apple or Android device, and 5NEWS went to find out how many people knew about it.

Apple’s website says: “With your permission, Location Services allows apps and websites (including Maps, Camera, Weather, and other apps) to use information from cellular, Wi-Fi, Global Positioning System (GPS) networks, and Bluetooth to determine your approximate location.”

Anytime your cell phone is turned on, a nearby cell tower tracks your location and your smartphone stores that data.

That could put sensitive information on your device at risk, said Dale Thompson, University of Arkansas computer science associate professor.

“There`s a lot of information on your phone that people store that you really don`t want. All your contacts, the doctors you go to, your medical history. A lot of people will store passwords in the notes,” said Thompson. “That`s a lot of data in one place that if you lose it, you could lose a lot of information.”

The smartphone market is limited, meaning device makers have a vested interest in securing your phone, according to Thompson, who said there are steps which can be taken to avoid a cyber security mess.

“If you’re concerned about it, go through the defaults,” said Thompson. “Turn off the defaults ‘sharing your location’ I think is what the common term is, on the apps especially.”


iPhone:  Settings –> Privacy –> Location Services –> System Services –> Frequent Locations –> Clear History –> Toggle the switch to Off.

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