How to protect your privacy on your phone (CBC Marketplace)

How to protect your privacy on your phone (CBC Marketplace)

Ever stop
to ask yourself why that Sudoku app
you just downloaded needs access to your camera
or your photos? Today, we’re going to talk about
privacy and your smartphone. If a flashlight app is asking
for access to your location, ask yourself why. When an app
asks for permissions, it should clearly state
what it needs access to and what it hopes to use
that information for. And if you do grant an app
access to your microphone and your camera or
some other privacy setting, you can always turn
that information off later on in
your phone settings. Unless you really know
what you’re doing, you should never
install apps that don’t come from Google’s
app store or Apple’s app store. Often, installing apps
from unreliable sources requires you to
disable security settings that are there to keep
you and your data safe. If you’re not at home
and you’re not using your wifi or
your Bluetooth, it’s probably a good idea
to turn those settings off. One reason is that everyone
from coffee shops to clothing stores can use wifi
and Bluetooth signals to track you
and your phone… If you’re out and about,
try and avoid open wireless networks. They may be free
for anyone to use, but they can also
be abused. If I was
a malicious attacker, I could set up my own wireless
network called “Starbucks” and if you were
at the coffee shop, you wouldn’t be able
to tell the difference between either of them. So if you connected
to my network, I would be able to eavesdrop
on the things you do online. If you do need to connect
to a public wifi network, consider using a VPN. It’ll protect your connection
from nearby sneaks from watching what you browse
or other activities online. You wouldn’t open a strange link
on your computer, so don’t do it
on your phone. Attackers have been known
to use text messages and instant messages
to try to pull off so-called phishing attacks, and in some cases,
they can even make the messages sound like they come
from family or friends. So be smart about the links
and attachments you open, even if you know
who they’re from. Right now.
Pause the video. Go away. Do it now. Come back
when you’re done. Thank you. Software updates plug holes,
squash bugs, and keep your phone secure. Once a bug becomes public,
attackers can use it to do everything
from steal passwords to hold your phone
hostage for ransom. Have any questions about
your phone or your privacy? Leave us a comment.

26 Replies to “How to protect your privacy on your phone (CBC Marketplace)”

  1. recently apple got into hot water since they decided to take down a app that allows you to chat with people without the agencies like NSA from watching

  2. You must be a iPhone user because you are all wrong about Android.

    You cannot change permissions on Android without rooting the phone. Android updates are controlled by the phones providers "Rogers, Bell, etc…" not the OS developer "Google". They choose when to push updates and often never patch phones with the latest updates.

  3. People need to understand their phones better than they do. Sort of like driving. Understanding the rules helps with making you safe.

  4. Snowden says take out the internal cam and mic and use external cam and mic.

    Alternatively, you can cover your phone inside a bag, just have to remember to use it.

    As for online presence such as social media and email, good luck.

    Reasons to hide your identity or information: marketing, stalkers, haters, safety, intellectual property theft, and so on.

    The argument that you have nothing to hide is invalid.

  5. Can you give more info on the text sent from a random number? How can we fix it if we opened some already that are from unknown numbers? Can we track who sent it? Are there ones from Facebook letting you know how many notification s and pokes you might have real?

  6. I was angry when he said install only apps from official stores like Google play and Apple store. I was wondering why he forgot the Windows store

  7. Your advice is wrong. I checked my settings, and the app permissions could not be changed. So what is up with your pretend sliders showing that they can be changed?

  8. My phone is getting ads from somewhere and I don't know how to block it. Please help me out with this

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