Android is not keen to protect privacy; it is expected that Google makes money from advertisements using its platform. No wonder that it is interesting to know as much about its users.
While the Google platform is free for users to use, it makes money through advertisement. Using the data collected, it tailors an ad to post which seems attractive to users. Protect privacy on Android phones by following the steps below as suggested by Jack Parsons of TechRadar.
Manage Google Account
Go to Settings and tap ‘Google’, then select ‘Manage your Google Account’. Choose the folder ‘Data & personalization’. In the ‘Activity controls’, tap ‘manage activity control’. One can toggle them off completely or manage how they use data. In the ‘Manage activity’ option, one can choose Auto-delete features that will let users choose to keep data from three to 36 months. One can also delete individual data logs displayed.
Below the ‘Activity control’ in the ‘Data & personalization’ folder is the ‘Ad personalization’. Tap ‘Go to ad settings’, by flicking off the switch, Google will stop using one’s personal information to tailor ads that suit one’s interests. However, one can also opt to leave it on, and control what Google includes in its profile, from vital statistics to one’s interests. There is a long list of how the ads are personalized. Just tap on any entry and turn off those that you don’t want to include.
Stop Google to use one’s data
Select ‘Settings’ from the three-dots icon in the upper right of the browser. By tapping one’s account name, it will show the option to ‘Sign out and turn off sync’. This will prevent the automatic sending of browsing data to Google’s servers. Or one can opt to choose what to sync to be selective. From the Settings, tap ‘Manage sync’ and select the browser data to keep syncing between devices.
One can also choose to switch off both the ‘Help improve Chrome’s features and performance’ and ‘Make searches and browsing better’ as they both send users data to Google including URLs one visits, usage statistics, and crash reports.
Stop websites tracking to protect privacy
Choose ‘Privacy and security’ from Chrome’s Settings. Tap ‘Clear browsing data to erase all search history, cookies, and cached images. In Advanced features, one can further delete saved passwords, auto-fill form data, and any site settings. Choose the time range option one prefers.
Then, toggle off ‘Preload pages for faster browsing’ to stop Google from setting cookies that will track across the internet. One can also choose to toggle off ‘Access payment methods’, which lets sites check one’s credit cards or any payment apps information saved in Chrome.
Lastly, tap and turn on ‘Do Not Track’. Henceforth, Chrome will communicate to any website one visits to stop tracking with their cookies. Note, however, that some sites ignore this setting, just be aware and vigilant over this.
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