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How to avoid misuse of your smartphone`s location sharing feature

Last Updated: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 17:02

Johannesburg: Since smartphones have turned into the government`s alleged `snoop-op` targets, it is highly important to turn off the device`s location sharing functions for a stricter privacy.

A German computer magazine, Chip, warns that criminals can misuse the smartphone`s satellite navigation system, its Wi-Fi connections and mobile connectivity to locate a user for potential mischief.

According to a website, smartphone users should trust only https- secured sites in order to use their passwords and usernames, and emails encrypted with S/ MIME standard.

Experts suggest that users should be careful while uploading photos, documents, device backups and sensitive data to cloud servers.

The report said that if a user must use apps like KeePass or LasPass to create most complex password possible, they should understand that such a service to synchronise codes across a variety of devices and browsers means that the software service has access to that sensitive data.

First Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 17:02

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