Consumers! Are You Being Smart About Mobile Privacy?

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What’s on your mobile device? Are email addresses, phone numbers, contacts, personal photos, location addresses, and personal financial information available on your mobile device? With all this information stored on mobile devices, many consumers are highly concerned about the safety and confidentiality of their personal information.  In fact, the infographic below shows that a recent survey reports 92 percent of internet users worry about their privacy online, 89 percent of consumers reportedly have avoided companies that do not protect their privacy, and 45 percent are now more worried about online privacy than they were a year ago.

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From these statistics, it is vital for consumers to become more responsible and take the necessary steps to protect their personal information on emerging media. Christopher Olsen, an assistant director in the FTC’s division of privacy and identity protection, and Eduard Goodman, the Phoenix-based chief privacy officer for the blog Identity Theft 911, give consumers six best practices to avoid smartphone privacy issues:

1) Learn about an app before you download it – Review the app’s privacy policy to better understand what information is collected and shared with other companies.

2) Think twice before signing up for a free app – Find out if the app is ‘really’ free or if the company makes money for selling personal information.

3) Use smartphone setting to protect your privacy – Program the smartphone to turn off the location tracker and personal information that is shared with others.

4) Close or log off apps when not in use – Closing apps makes it tougher for companies to access personal information.

5) When developer send app updates, click on it – Updates may contain security patches that protect personal information and device from the latest malware.

6) Before upgrading to a new phone, clear all the data from the old phone – Always removing data from an old phone is the way to protect personal information.

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One thought on “Consumers! Are You Being Smart About Mobile Privacy?

  1. Great post!

    You made some amazing points about researching a app before you download it.

    According to Richard Siber (2016):

    Many people who download apps fail to read the fine print. The fine print that states that you, the user, agree to provide access to any and all data on your device — and in some cases even your microphone and camera. Some of the biggest offenders: Waze and What’sApp. (para. 4)

    I think that, a lot of times, we often overlook the small print in the privacy clauses because we are too lazy to read it all. But, I am certainly going to start changing the way that I download and I am going to start being a little pickier when choosing which apps to download. Thanks so much for the tips on being smarter with mobile privacy!

    Katra

    References:
    Sibber, Richard (2016, August, 1). Apps are disrupting traditional industries — and your privacy.
    CNBC. Retrieved on October 4,2016 from http://www.cnbc.com/2016/08/01/pokemon-go-and-other-apps-are-putting-your-privacy-at-risk.html

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