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Remove mobile apps when you are finished

Many of us download apps for specific purposes, such as planning or a special event or vacation, and no longer need them afterwards, or we may have previously downloaded apps that are no longer useful or interesting to us. It’s a good security practice to delete all apps you no longer use.

How does tracking in mobile apps occur?

When you access mobile applications, companies don’t have access to traditional browser cookies to track you over time. Instead, third party advertising and analytics companies use device identifiers — such as Apple iOS’s Identifiers for Advertisers (“IDFA”) and Google Android’s Advertising ID — to monitor the different applications used on a particular device.

The importance of having a lock screen on your device

If someone gets hold of your phone, tablet or computer, and there’s no lock screen, the thief suddenly has access to everything on your device. While some of your apps will require passwords and multifactor authentication, many apps, like your photos and notes, typically do not. Also, if you don’t log out of your social […]

What is device fingerprinting?

Device fingerprinting can track devices over time, based on your browser’s configurations and settings. Because each browser is unique, device fingerprinting can identify your device, without using cookies. Since device fingerprinting uses the characteristics of your browser configuration to track you, deleting cookies won’t help. Device fingerprinting technologies are evolving and can be used to […]

Reset mobile device to factory settings before giving it away

Are you thinking about recycling, trading or handing down your mobile device? After first backing up your data, be sure you do a factory reset, so that the new recipient won’t be able to see anything private personal information you left behind.

If your device is no longer receiving updates, think about upgrading

Countless smartphones, tablets and laptops are eventually abandoned by their manufacturers, at least when it comes to regular security and operating system updates. When this happens to a device you rely on, consider switching it out for a newer or alternative version or one that is still getting these critical patches and upgrades.