Smartphone users have ended up becoming the target of corporations looking to get hold of people’s data. And is that almost all applications collect information from users to determine if they are potential buyers of their services. Tech specialist Sergey Kuzmenko explains how to detect and delete spy apps on your Smartphone.
It is not news that practically all the applications that you download on your Smartphone collect user data for commercial purposes. However, some of these may be more invasive than others. Therefore, it is necessary to learn to identify these spy apps, either to eliminate them or restrict their permissions, and thus protect our privacy.
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How to detect and delete spy apps on your Smartphone
The technology specialist Sergey Kuzmenko, quoted by the Russian agency Prime, explained that an indication that you have spied on your device is that the battery is discharging faster than usual. Another sign is that new applications that you did not download suddenly appear, or that suspicious pop-up windows appear.
According to Kuzmenko, the first step to avoid spying is to reject the access that some apps request to your microphone, speakers, camera, and geolocation. It also recommends not accessing the links included in untrusted emails, as well as in messaging applications.
The specialist pointed out that it is always a good idea to have an antivirus program on your Smartphone and on the rest of your devices (tablet, laptop, or PC), and keep it updated.
In addition, it is recommended to read the comments that users leave in the application store well before downloading any app. These help you to know if there are complaints about invasive advertising and confusing OBros or unauthorized.
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Kuzmenko suggests disabling the advertising that the manufacturer inserts. Android users should enter the ‘Google Settings’ section, click on ‘Advertising’ and deactivate the ‘Personalization of Advertising’ option.
If you have an iPhone, you must enter Settings > Confidentiality > Geolocation Services > Systems Services. Disconnect iAd from geolocation and then go to Settings > Privacy > Advertising. Finally, you have to limit the tracking of advertising, explains the expert.
The specialist recommends that you do not access the links indicated in emails and messaging applications. It is also a good idea to keep an antivirus program up to date on your computer and on your smartphone if you have Android and to carefully read the comments that users leave in the application store.
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On March 26, researchers from the cybersecurity company Zimperium found an Android malware that masquerades as a system update app. When this malicious program infiltrates a victim’s device, it begins to send private data to third-party servers.
You must take into account and abide by the rules of protection against identity theft, so as not to become the victim of a spyware, Kuzmenko pointed out.