Your iPhone has a major flaw that allows malicious applications and other third-party companies to know their real name, leading to serious tracking. Security researchers discovered that apps can use a device’s so-called advertising identifier or ad ID.
iPhone’s ad ID is not the only one that allows third-party apps to track users’ real names. Even the ad ID of Android gadgets can be used to track the users.
This is alarming right now since security researchers are discovering new ways of user data tracking which could allow hackers and other malicious actors to breach the security systems of people’s devices. It could also lead to privacy concerns, allowing ad companies to send direct advertising content.
If this gets worst, this could lead to very direct ads. Imagine an ad material that suddenly pops up on your device and saying your real name. Pretty creepy, right? This could be a possibility. Why? Because third parties can now track your real name if they combine your ad ID with commercially available databases, allowing their applications to use this unique alphanumeric string to tie an iPhone’s action back to the real name of its owner.
Although application developers are following Apple’s rules and regulations, they could still have access to your iPhone’s advertising identifier by simply requesting it from your device.
Your ad ID works just like the cookies on your desktop’s web browsers. Since it follows you around the internet, remembering what you do and exchanging information with websites along the way. In short, your device’s advertising identifier is your phone’s cookie.
Previously, reliable sources confirmed that these smartphone ad IDs were also used by the authorities to track those who participated in the recent U.S. Capitol attack. They were able to know the people’s real names and track their home addresses. This just shows that this issue should not be taken lightly since some individuals might use it against you in many negative ways.
Right now, there are many companies that offer tools to allow anyone with data to match the ad IDs with other databases. However, there is still one method you can use to avoid getting tracked without your permission.
How to prevent apps track your iPhone’s ad ID
Apple is now offering some options that could allow users to prevent apps from tracking their personal info. They can do this by going to their iPhone’s settings section and turning off apps’ access to location data and other personal information.
This is really useful since you can protect your smartphone’s data from numerous malicious apps, which could hide some hackers and cyber attackers. Here are the steps you need to follow. Read them carefully since they are really easy to do;
- Go to “Settings.”
- Tap “Privacy.”
- Select “Tracking.”
- Disable the option that says “Allow Apps to Request to Track.”
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