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Protecting our privacy on smartphones

Smartphones have become staples in our daily lives.  I can’t imagine my life without one.  My kids, I know, would agree with this statement most vehemently.  But, do you know that every activity we do on our phone is usually logged in the phones’ local storage?  I fear losing my phone because once unlocked, it can potentially reveal all the details about me, from banking information to all my chats to my browsing activities.  And no, going back to flip phones isn’t an option.

I have always wondered if there is more I can do to protect my identity and privacy in today’s digital age and I came across this article today on Popular Science site that I thought offers some great tips.  Although it doesn’t dwell on limiting the info sent from your apps to the cloud, it specifically touches on things we can do to limit the amount of info that are stored in the phones themselves.  More specifically, it addresses how we can “go incognito” and “limit app logging”.  It also teaches us how to “erase messages” and “delete search history” more efficiently.  These can go a long way in protecting our privacy and data should our phones fall into the wrong hands.  (*knock on wood*)

If you are interested, here is the link to the article entitled “How to use your smartphone without leaving a trace“.  I thought of sharing this article with all of you because I found it quite easy to follow their instructions even when I am far from being technologically savvy.  I hope you find it as helpful as I do.

Have a terrific Monday!


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6 thoughts on “Protecting our privacy on smartphones

  1. Thanks for the link. I go incognito on my laptop, occasionally, but haven’t done it on my smartphone. The “cloud” seems like this nebulous place where information is just waiting to be plucked. Being aware and taking precautions always makes sense. 🙂

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    • Thank you for your comment, as always. I am trying to get better in protecting my privacy…so just in case there are others like me out there, I thought this article might be useful as first steps. 🙂 It’s weird posting something informational since I have never done it. Have a great day!

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  2. Doing any banking on one’s phone is quite dangerous in my opinion. Considering that an account can remain signed in while the bank’s app is in use, it’s quite a danger in the hands of a phone thief.

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