WHERE YOU ARE, WHAT YOU BUY, HOW MUCH YOU SPEND

Everything from your current location, the number of steps you’ve walked, the complete record of your text and photo messages, and even your bank account details. Are you sure your friends, family and your lover know at least half of what your phone knows about you?

All the applications and the internet sites you’re accessing daily collect the essential information about you in order to create your digital ID profile. All of this information that has been collected by applications is developed with a single purpose; to improve the user experience, or so that is what the larger companies want us to believe. Your smartphone is overloaded with information about you – intimate conversations, health records, financial data and your most recent visited locations.

Location. If you own one of the latest smartphones, be aware that your location history is most likely active and your device is tracking every step you make. Anyone who has access to your phone or who knows the basics of hacking can easily access your daily agenda and know at what time you leave your house, take the metro and enter your office. If you wish to delete your location history or turn it off, simply navigate to Settings > Delete All Location History or in the same menu you can choose Enable Location History.

People you engage with. I bet that your wife does not know that you met an old friend today, where as your phone already knows his number, social media links and the location where you were drinking the coffee. Your phone has a list with people you know, a complete record of how much you connect with them (messages, calls) and where they are located (if they share their location via apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and others).

Passwords. It is extremely convenient to make somebody else remember all your passwords instead of you, especially if you have different passwords for each account. Nevertheless, bear in mind that all the passwords saved can also be a tool of enemies for you if somebody has access to your phone. Moreover, all the apps installed on your phone contains sensitive data about you and these apps have the ability to track your taste of films, bank balances, relationships, habits and much more.

Your mood. Quick tweet, comment and like/dislike of pictures can clearly indicate the owner’s current mood. The background data tracked over the long term by your smartphone can even indicate your temperament.

Sensors, IOS and Android. All the smartphones are packed with different sensors, tracking where you are, how fast you move and thus what kind of transportation you use, including how you are holding your phone. For example, on IOS. Siri learns things about you in order to help you in the future, for instance, how do you pronounce words, where do you live, what do you search. Siri also tracks your recent search history in order to better understand what you want, like or wish in the future. Sounds like a helpful, harmless tool but is it really? Many researches have shown that there is a possibility that Siri listens to us on a daily basis in order to show us targeted adds in the future that may interest us.

Your phone operator. Service providers also collects their client data such as incoming and outgoing calls, messages, all the numbers saved on your smartphone and your location. Unfortunately, you cannot stop service providers from collecting your data, but you can definitely check your privacy policy with your operator and avoid sharing your personal data with third parties (advertisers etc).

Stores track your mobile and your data. Several stores are experimenting a new method to track their customers who are nearby. Anybody who is connected to a local Wi-Fi can be tracked. The number of retail stores that have installed sensors nearby can monitor the people who pass by. Installed sensors scan for networks and smartphones, it follows the device as it moves near the store or in store. Sensors can help the shop owners to see how much time people spend in each aisle in store, how much time they spent looking at the product before buying it. These sensors can gather information from your smartphone and see your previous purchase history, for instance on Amazon and eBay, and then send you a similar advertisement from the shop you recently visited.

In addition to apps or service providers who collect your personal information, you should be aware of the information or visual content you have stored on your phone such as photos, videos, passwords, financial data, location, age, gender etc. You never know who can access your phone from a distance using a local Wi-Fi or other ways of hacking. It is also strongly advised to check your privacy settings with several apps you have recently downloaded, it is important to assure that your data is not accessible to third parties.

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