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The free phone trick exposes the apps that are quietly stalking you

MANY apps silently track what you’re doing on your phone, and some people don’t even know it’s happening.

But a useful free trick reveals exactly who is lurking in the background.

More and more people are turning to DuckDuckGo

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More and more people are turning to DuckDuckGoCredit: Alamy

This type of tracking isn’t nefarious – it’s unidentifiable crumbs of data that apps use to create mostly targeted ads.

That doesn’t mean you should put up with it if you’d rather not.

Data protectionists DuckDuckGo consider tracking to be “creepy”.

So they came up with a clever way to expose the apps that do this.

DuckDuckGo started out as an anti-tracking search engine, rival to Google, but in 2013 it went all out with one web browser also for Android.

The company recently integrated a tool into the browser that shows who is tracking you – and how to block them.

Here’s how to see what apps are tracking you on your phone

First you need to download the DuckDuckGo app from the Google Play Store.

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Once installed, find the main menu and tap on it settings.

Scroll down and you will see App tracking protection.

It’s important to remember that this feature is currently still in beta testing, but it’s still useful.

You will be prompted to do so Join the private waiting list.

Corresponding ZDNetit shouldn’t take too long for you to be accepted.

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Once accepted, the app tracking protection has an on/off switch – make sure it’s on.

Now you can see a full list of blocked tracking activities.

DuckDuckGo differs from Google's Chrome, which allows trackers

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DuckDuckGo differs from Google’s Chrome, which allows trackers
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