If you value your privacy, it is important to protect your Android device from hackers.
Luckily, your phone comes with useful security features to help you keep its contents safe from prying eyes.
Google released the Android 12 operating system back in October 2021, and the update added new privacy and security additions.
The new Android update has the ability to do that “Hibernate” apps that have not been used for a long time. This makes location data less accurate.
When updating your phone, users should be careful to lock down their privacy settings as Google is known for targeted advertising based on personally identifiable information.
Much of the privacy information in Android 12 is based on permissions you give to the apps on your device.
When installing apps, they usually ask for access to your camera, photos, contacts, location, microphone, etc.
Some of these require permission for the apps to work, but not all.
An AR app may need access to your camera to be used, but a calendar app doesn’t need permission for anything.
A new Privacy Dashboard will be added in Android 12 to increase transparency of permissions.
This way you can see which apps are doing what on your device.
The dashboard can be accessed by going to Settings, Privacy and then opening the Privacy Dashboard.
It’s also important for users to verify their microphone and camera access.
While Facebook and other social media sites can’t really eavesdrop on you, Android 12 ensures users can restrict camera and microphone access across all apps at once.
This is to give users peace of mind when using their devices.
You can also Delete your advertising ID, which allows apps to associate data with your device and build a profile of your preferences. This is what advertisers use to send you ads.
By going to Settings, Privacy, and then Ads, you can select Delete advertising ID. You’ll still see ads on your phone, but they’re no longer based on your behavior or personal information.
Most of Android’s privacy options are in the Settings app on your device. You can toggle which permissions you want to allow on your device.
You can even limit the amount of information Google can collect from you by turning off your location history in the privacy menu.
However, the best way to protect your device is with a password manager that creates unique logins for all your accounts and uses two-factor authentication.
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