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How to protect personal data from leaking, know the easy way

New Delhi. Data is one of the most important things of the current era. In such a situation, people are always trying to get your data. Many advertisers want to know what you want to buy. On the other hand, some hackers want to break into your account and steal your content. In addition, Law Enforcement may also be interested in getting your search history, text and location data.

Most of the services on your device also capture your personal data, including your name, the websites you visit, your network IP address, etc. Your phone has GPS, camera and other sensors as well as sensitive data such as your contacts and health information. In such a situation, if mobile apps are allowed, then they can easily access this information.

Carissa Veliz, an assistant professor at the University of Oxford, who is doing research on technology and privacy in this regard, says that to avoid data theft, keep as few apps as possible, because any app can be a threat to your privacy. Now you must be thinking that if all the apps are a threat to privacy, then what can you do., So let us tell you how you can get rid of this problem.

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To protect your personal data from being stolen, delete those apps from your device that you do not use regularly. Apart from this, you should also remove unnecessary apps, because there are many apps that earn money by selling you. Pro. Veliz says that when you delete an app from your phone, the information already collected by the developer and its partners will not automatically disappear. You may need to contact them to request you to have the data deleted. However, it can be disappointing.

how to delete apps
iPhone users, long press on the app icon and select the option to remove the app. (If your unwanted app is still in the app library, you will have to choose the menu option Delete app). At the same time, to delete the Android users app, open the Play Store and tap your profile icon, then manage it by going to Manage Apps and Devices. Now tap on the app you want to remove, then select Uninstall option.

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Review data access
Hameed Haddadi, who conducts data-protection and privacy research at Imperial College London’s Department of Computing, says when installing apps, be conservative in providing access to them. Try selecting the option to let the app ask for permission. Once the apps are installed, review their data, battery and storage usage in Settings.

How to review permissions
To review permissions, go to iPhone users settings and scroll down to the list of installed apps. Now check which app’s permission has been given, after that cancel the permission of the app you are not using. On the other hand, for Android users, open Settings and select Apps. Now tap on the name of each app to see the permissions. Select Permission and tap Don’t allow to cancel access.

Limit ad tracking
Web ad trackers follow your activity as you visit different sites. That’s why when you search for earplugs for tiny ears, those earplug ads follow you on the web for months. Apple and Google are working to limit these trackers. Apple has turned off tracking by default. Google is planning to introduce Khard Party cookies at the end of next year.

How to limit cross-site tracking
To enable cross-site tracking, go to iPhone users’ settings, then select Privacy, and then click Tracking. After that make sure whether the request for tracking apps is turned off, if it is, it means that all tracking requests are rejected automatically. At the same time, Android users will have to go to the Chrome app for this. Here tap on Settings. Then click on Privacy and Security. Now block third party cookies. You will also see a Privacy Sandbox option, which is a feature to reduce cross-site tracking on the browser. Here you will see an option to send Do Not Track request. Enable it. Note that many web services do not honor this request, not even Google.

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