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Who’s listening?

Most mobile devices will be initially set up with some forms of voice recognition active. Take the time to go through your settings and deactivate any voice-related assistive services to ensure your phone or tablet is not listening to your conversations unbeknownst to you and whomever you’re talking with.

Revisit your smartphone privacy settings every once in a while

When you set up a new phone or download an app, it’s easy to get in the habit of approving every prompt that flashes across the screen. These prompts are often asking you for permission to access personal information, such as your location. It’s a good idea to go back into your settings and purge […]

Protect your TikTok account by changing your account settings

TikTok took the world by storm in recent years and, in turn, has become one of the most widely used social media platforms on the planet. Of course, this also represents an equally growing risk to privacy and security . To mitigate this concern, make sure your account is set to private. This allows only […]

Filter out unwanted messages on Instagram

Instagram is a great form of communication for millions of people, but that also makes it a target for bad actors. Some scammers send phishing attacks through the app’s messaging feature to unsuspecting users. To avoid these threats, you can choose not to receive messages from people you don’t follow whatsoever. Here’s how it’s done: […]

Turn on “Auto-delete” settings on your Google account

Many companies are now allowing users to decide at what point data should automatically be deleted from their account history. For example, users can choose to have Google delete their information after 3, 18 or 36 months of storage. Here’s how to do it: Log in to your Google account. Click Data & personalization. You’ll […]

On shared computers employ private browsing

All major web browsers provide options for private or incognito browsing. In this mode, a browser does not retain your visited sites, account logins and HTTP cookies (i.e.,the digital files allowing websites to track you). Accordingly, you gain extra protection from others trying to use your saved credentials or look at your history, especially on […]