Today many apps ask for access to your location, including navigation apps, social media apps and even e-book reader apps. You can not use Google Maps if you disable the location in the app permissions. It’s reasonable for a navigation app to access your location. But it’s strange that search engines, standalone games, and eBook reader apps request access to a user’s location. This raises concerns among users as to whether these apps compromise their privacy.
Most apps request access to the user’s location
More and more apps request access to the user’s location. Many users even need to allow an app to access their contacts, photos, or locations when they download this app and try to run it on their phones. Otherwise, you can not use this app.
In addition, users can share their locations with social media apps like Facebook and Twitter. I assume you are very familiar with this feature. If you enable GPS and approve the location permission for relevant apps, your posts will be tagged with location details.
Even a photo you have taken can show your location. Because the Exif information of the photo contains information about your location. Therefore, you should also be careful when sharing an image on social media apps.
How do you prevent apps from revealing your actual location?
Your apps on the phone may not only track your actual location but also your movement.
Some Internet users turn off GPS if they do not use it for security reasons. But every time you turn off your GPS, you’ll need to turn it back on using an app that requires GPS tracking.
You can also change the app permissions of the installed apps. Check the app permissions in the settings and disable unnecessary permissions. Or, turn it off manually when a pop-up asks you for location permission.
It is important to note whether the permission they request is related to the app functions when you install the app. You should think carefully before you approve permissions. If the app requires permission that has nothing to do with the features it provides, you should not approve the permission. Otherwise, your private data could be compromised.
You should disable “Frequent Locations” on your iPhone, install apps that ask for as few permissions as possible, and disable unnecessary location services in a timely manner.
Some apps can access your location even if you turn off the GPS
Although you can turn off GPS manually, some malicious apps can track your location even if the GPS is disabled.
Turning off GPS can not prevent malicious apps from tracking your location. Your lock screen password can be exploited by these apps to get your location information.
Malicious apps can still track your location by using your phone’s built-in sensors even if they can’t obtain your lock screen password. In addition to GPS and signal positioning, the built-in gyroscope and accelerometer can also be used to track the location of a user. These sensors are used by these malicious apps to track your location without your permission.
The phone is equipped with a number of sensors, including the gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerator, microphone, barometer, thermometer, camera, pedometer, humidity sensor, optical sensor, etc. Many apps can access these sensors without user permission.
How do I prevent malicious apps from tracking my location?
Although malicious apps keep tracking your location even if you turn off GPS, you can take action to prevent malicious apps from tracking your location.
The first thing to prevent malicious apps from sharing location information is to avoid downloading apps from unknown sources. Apps are strictly checked in the official app stores. Downloading apps from official app stores can effectively prevent the disclosure of personal location information.
Secondly, use the built-in security app or third-party security apps to check all the apps on your phone. If apps are found to be harmful to your privacy, try uninstalling them immediately.