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Your iPhone Is Spying On You -- Here's How To Stop It


 


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 2 weeks ago '16        #1
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Your iPhone Is Spying On You -- Here's How To Stop It
 

 
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So much for that "what happens on your iPhone, stays on your iPhone" advertising campaign from Apple. I cannot help but note the irony that, in reality, apps are monitoring your every move and grabbing data to help with advertising campaigns. Not that this should come as any great surprise; if you aren't paying for an app then you are the product. However, the sheer number of apps involved, the number of trackers used per app and both the volume and frequency of the data collection is cause for concern.

When the Wall Street Journal investigated the world of iPhone privacy controls it discovered that, frankly, those controls are about as much use as a chocolate teapot. The WSJ reporters looked at some 80 iOS apps, all recommended in the App Store as being "Apps We Love." What they found was all bar one were using third-party trackers to collect data about the user. Most were using more than one tracker, the average being four per app.

What data is being collected by iOS apps? Would it surprise you to discover that as well as details of your device such as the model, name and phone number these trackers can grab your email address, the IP address that is allocated to your internet connection and even your precise location at any given time? Everything from music streaming and weather apps, through to news and storage apps are doing it. Maybe Apple should change the advertising slogan to "invading your privacy - there's an app for that."

Of course, it isn't just iOS apps that do this. Android apps are just as bad. However, that doesn't mean that Apple gets a free ride. Especially in light of that "what happens on your iPhone..." campaign. Rumors are rife that Apple CEO, Tim Cook, will try and dampen the flames with an announcement tomorrow regarding limiting these trackers when it comes to apps in the App Store "Kids" section. More than one information security and privacy expert have already told me, in off the record conversations, that they think this is unlikely to be workable.

So what can you do to stop the tracking yourself? Good question, to which the answer is nothing. If the question had been what you can do to limit the tracking problem, then things are somewhat more positive. Just don't expect to be able to stop all the spying because that isn't going to be doable I'm afraid. You can start by heading to the Settings|Privacy|Advertising section on your iPhone and enabling the Limit Ad Tracking function. This will prevent advertisers from getting usage statistics including search history data. It will also mean you'll see random adverts rather than targeted ones, but to be honest most of the "targeted" ads I see on any platform are pretty random anyway. While you are in the privacy settings, you may as well turn off location services for apps that you don't want to be tracking your location.


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11 comments for "Your iPhone Is Spying On You -- Here's How To Stop It"

 2 weeks ago '15        #2
satsuma 39 heat pts39
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Minkscobar! 80 heat pts80
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Well beat the system retards...

I have multiple email accounts.

I also use paypal for everything, and with my paypal account. I have 1 card that I use to make all my online purchases and I have other bank accounts but I dont use them online for sh*t..

Jesus you n*ggas complain too much.. just fu*king adjust..
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 2 weeks ago '16        #4
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 Minkscobar! said
Well beat the system retards...

I have multiple email accounts.

I also use paypal for everything, and with my paypal account. I have 1 card that I use to make all my online purchases and I have other bank accounts but I dont use them online for sh*t..

Jesus you n*ggas complain too much.. just fu*king adjust..
The irony of coming into a thread complaining about a headline.

Idiot.

And read the article next time, you'll see that it provides solutions.


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 2 weeks ago '05        #5
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but Huawei only does this.. #trumpknowsall
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 2 weeks ago '15        #6
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What is the word on road about black phone it’s been a minute since something like that made waves.

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 storyboutdamans said
What is the word on road about black phone itís been a minute since something like that made waves.
The company behind the Blackphone (Silent Circle) have scaled back on their activities but there are others in the market selling PGP encrypted smartphones.

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Good look, just limited and reset identifier

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kip99 
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Talk to people in person. F**k a cell phone.
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 kip99 said
Talk to people in person. F**k a cell phone.
And how does that work for people in different time zones who need to communicate?

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 1 week ago '12        #11
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All smart phones pretty much spy. Iphone, Android, etc. Firesticks, laptops, tvs, etc. And alot of these devices have backup sources already in place. Even if you disable certain things, the device and can/may re-enable it and still carry out what it was doing before.


And cats laugh at people who still like flip phones.


I dont own one. But I do understand why some people prefer them.


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 1 week ago '06        #12
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 00010111 said
And how does that work for people in different time zones who need to communicate?

Fly to them. Get off all that snitch a*s technology. sh*ts frying ya brains anyway
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