The Ways Your Phone is Tracking You

Introduction to a blog originally published by NordVPN

With every new generation of smartphones, and every software update, our phones become more and more advanced. The features on our smartphones today far surpass those of the original iPhone and Android. As NordVPN pointed out in their blog, our phones function like personal assistants these days. With new advancements comes the collection of new data. In NordVPN’s blog, originally published in 2016, they covered a few of the ways smartphones were tracking users. Now, with facial recognition software and advanced iOS, Android and Windows updates, data tracking and storage continue to evolve. 

NordVPN covers several types of smartphone sensors that track and store your data. Movement sensors like proximity and environmental sensors measure things like your heart rate, phone location, and steps. Essentially, movement sensors track your every move. Your device knows when you’re sitting, standing, and even sleeping. 

Your phone also uses and stores your personal recognition software, like fingerprint scanners and facial recognition. All of this data storage poses a potential cybersecurity risk. NordVPN’s blog states, “Tony Beltramelli, a Computer Science Master’s student at the IT University of Copenhagen, showed how software on a smartwatch could use the sensors available to determine the wearer’s passwords and PINs.”

It’s important to consider what applications you’re running and what data-tracking permissions they have. Check out your settings and ensure that apps only have permission to essential sensors. If you’re uncomfortable with certain types of data-tracking and storage, take the time to limit this access.

For more information about ways your phone is tracking you, visit NordVPN’s original blog: All the ways your phone is tracking you. Thank you, NordVPN, for giving us this information to reshare!