Urgent privacy warning to BILLIONS of Android users to check WiFi settings now – don’t miss it

BILLIONS of Android users have been warned to check their WiFi settings NOW.

Techie TikTok star @tatechtips gave the advice in his latest video.

Android users have been warned to check their WiFi settings

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Android users have been warned to check their WiFi settingsPhoto credit: TikTok/@tatechtips
Many @Tatechtips followers thanked the TikTok star for his advice

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Many @Tatechtips followers thanked the TikTok star for his advicePhoto credit: TikTok/@tatechtips

In the short clip, he said: “Turning off your WiFi doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve turned off your WiFi.

“So if you go to your phone’s settings and go to ‘location’ and then select ‘location services’, you’ll see ‘WiFi scanning’ here.

“It says ‘Let apps use Wi-Fi for location detection even if Wi-Fi is turned off.

“So this means that if you’ve turned off your WiFi but your phone is still scanning, it’s still constantly sending probe requests for WiFi.

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“So if you want an extra level of privacy, turn off your WiFi scan as well.”

The video has already collected more than 51,700 likes and received over 600 comments.

Many commenters wrote to thank the expert for his advice.

One just said, “Thank you. More privacy the better. Turned it off immediately.”

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Another added: “Thanks, I’ve always wanted to turn it off but never knew how and was too lazy to google it.”

A third wrote: “Just turned it off. Thank you my Lord. I have a Motorola, it works.”

Earlier this month, the TikTok star revealed how enabling disappearing messages in WhatsApp could be a lifesaver in the future.

WHATSAPP FEATURE

The feature automatically “broadcasts” texts – to avoid leaving a huge log of all your messages on the airwaves.

Open your app on mobile, then go to Settings > Account > Privacy.

Check for missing messages, and then slide the switch to the On position.

Then select a time period for messages to disappear – 24 hours, 7 days or 90 days.

A message will appear in chat confirming that message disappearance has been enabled.

GOOGLE CHROME

In June, Google Chrome users were urged to protect their personal information by going through the “Privacy Guide”.

It allows you to increase the security of your account without having to dig through the browser’s settings.

Users are guided through Chrome’s controls for cookies and browsing history.

Changing these settings limits the data that Google and the websites you visit store about you.

You can also use Privacy Guide to optimize Google’s Safe Browsing tool, which warns you when you’re about to access a suspicious website.

To try Privacy Guard for yourself, go to your Chrome settings by clicking the three dots in the top right corner of your browser.

Go to privacy and security and then privacy.

If you don’t have time to go through the entire guide at once, Google will save your progress as you continue.

Chrome also offers a handy “Password Checkup” service that lets you know if your online credentials have been compromised.

To try it out, open Chrome and click the three dots in the top right corner of the browser to go to Settings.

Then click the key icon to go to the password options.

Here you should see a section called “Saved Passwords” which contains all the websites for which you have saved your login details.

Then click “Check Passwords” and Chrome will scan your data and let you know if any have been compromised.

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It will also tell you if any of your passwords are weak.

If this is the case, you can click a link to make the passwords stronger.

Android users have been asked to check the status of their phone's WiFi scanning feature

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Android users have been asked to check the status of their phone’s WiFi scanning featurePhoto credit: TikTok/@tatechtips

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