While the perks of GPS tracking location services can be appealing, many users of smartphones have raised valid questions of privacy and security. What safeguards do cell phone manufacturers use to ensure security of clients’ data? How easy it is for strangers or predatory individuals to access GPS tracking data from smartphones? Are cell phone companies doing anything to address the concerns of their clients?Indeed they are. Trustworthy smartphone and app developers have worked very hard to keep a standard of integrity and safety in their products.
The technologies of smartphones has exploded in recent years, enough so that government officials have yet to truly establish set laws specifically against smartphone hacking and also for smartphone privacy protection. Location services on smartphones can place users at risk of attack from hackers and other criminal individuals, who may utilize stolen data and GPS tracking to prey upon smartphone users. But smartphone and smartphone app developers have designed many privacy tools within their products in order to enable users to guard themselves against attack.
One feature of GPS-enabled phones is an on/off toggle control for location services and GPS. Tracking of a user’s phone or collection of data is not possible while this feature is turned off. This setting can be changed from the phone’s settings or controls page at the will of the user.
Creators of smartphone apps often have similar switches or controls displayed on the smartphone’s overarching settings page. Users can change them at will, and in some cases on a use by use basis. Users may find that they desire to use locations services or GPS technology at some times, and then to avoid using them at others.
Also, many trusted PC security software providers are now offering mobile security software, so users can download and install anti-malware programs directly onto their smartphone. Some of these software providers include AVG, McAfee, and Norton.
The risks of privacy violation, GPS tracking, and hacker attack are very real for smartphone users, it is true; however, if users keep their wits about them as they browse and roam, using caution in trusting apps or third-parties, smartphone users can enjoy a fulfilling and safe mobile experience.