Today, many apps require access to your location, such as 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 need access to your location. But it’s strange that search engines, standalone games, and eBook reader apps request site approvals. This raises concern among users as to whether these apps compromise their privacy.
Most apps request access to the user’s location
Recently, I downloaded several mobile games from the App Store to my phone. I found that most game apps, both officially licensed and stand-alone, include locations in app permissions, even though their services have nothing to do with 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 in social media apps.
Different apps make your life comfortable
Life becomes even more comfortable with the services provided by these apps. When you’re on the go, you can open an app to see what’s nearby, such as: delicious food, supermarket, bus stop, bank, etc. As you drive, you can run the navigation app to find your way to your destination or avoid traffic jams. You will also be informed about the current speed limits. You want to admit that these powerful features make your life more enjoyable.
However, this can also be exploited by cybercriminals to gain access to your personal information.
How do you prevent apps from displaying your actual location?
Your apps on the phone may not only show your actual location, but also your moving lane.
Fortunately, in most cases you can turn off GPS manually. 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 page asking for location permission appears.
It is important to note whether there is a relationship between the app features and the permission they requested when installing the mobile software. You should avoid approving permissions before you think carefully. If the app requires permission that has nothing to do with the role 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 require 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
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.
But the bad news is that malicious apps can show the user’s location even when the GPS is off.
Some Internet users turn off GPS if they do not use it for security reasons.
Disabling GPS can not prevent malicious apps from displaying your location. You can access your lock screen password to get your location information.
If the password for the lock screen can not be retrieved, malicious apps can exploit your phone’s built-in sensors. In addition to GPS and signal positioning, the built-in gyroscope and accelerometer can also be used to track the location of a user. Some malicious apps use these sensors to track your location without your permission.
The phone is equipped with a number of sensors, including gyroscope, accelerator, magnetometer, barometer, microphone, camera, thermometer, pedometer, optical sensor, humidity sensor, etc.However, many apps can access these sensors without user permission
How to prevent malicious apps from tracking your location?
Since site tracking is so terrible, how do I avoid revealing location details?
The first thing that is important to prevent malicious apps from sharing location information is downloading apps from unknown sources. Apps are effectively 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 that are likely to show your location, try removing them immediately.