In today’s world, keeping up with the current cyber threat landscape can be very time-consuming, especially when many public sector organizations do not have dedicated security personnel. However, the situation is changing every day, so it is important to know what is happening in the digital world around you. Today, let’s discuss what do you need to know about the location tracking.
What is location tracking?
Location tracking is a function on smart devices that we have developed for many years. It can track where a given device is and how it moves, and create a record of these movements over time. As long as the device is connected, it can record the location. The most common example of location tracking is on your mobile phone-it is connected to the cell phone tower, wireless network and global positioning system. Unfortunately, the idea that collecting data through location tracking can keep anonymity is somewhat misunderstood. Indeed, so much data is generated and collected that it is almost impossible to sort all the data manually. On the other hand, it is easy to create and search certain profile types, and then investigate further from there. For example, hackers usually collect these location information to steal people’s identities, or they may plan phishing attacks carefully to trick them into clicking on malicious things. Although there are many legitimate applications that rely on location data to run such as weather applications or Google Maps. However, not all applications tell you explicitly whether they are collecting location data. For example, unlike weather and GPS applications, social media platforms force users to share their locations, and some even collect information in the background, even if the applications are not used.
Location tracking may involve privacy issues.
There are risks in location tracking. Once the information is made public, it cannot be restored, so there is a huge privacy problem. To illustrate these privacy issues, let’s discuss a very common example that many people have encountered, including yourself. According to the survey, these applications collect very detailed information about people’s travel. Furthermore, companies that collect data often use, analyze and sell data to provide detailed information to advertisers and online retailers. They use location tracking to locate consumers’ activities, so the company will put advertisements on your networked devices.
In addition, because these data may be used for advertising purposes, there is always a chance for a bad actor to get a head start. Then he can target people with specific advertisements according to consumers’ activities, and then let them click on the advertisements, which may bring them to a malicious website. Although location tracking involves many privacy issues, the data collected by advertising companies and the government is the main privacy issue. Therefore, always pay attention to which advertisements you click on and which applications allow you to track your location.
What can we do with location tracking in our daily life?
Of course, location tracking can also play a positive role in our daily life, which can help us solve many problems and reduce many unnecessary troubles. For example, by using location tracking, we can help us find lost or stolen mobile phones, and the joy of being recovered is beyond words. Furthermore, by using location tracking, it may help us locate the people we want to find, know their real-time location, protect their safety and prevent the occurrence of danger.
How to prevent location tracking?
To protect your privacy, be sure to limit your application as much as possible. Understand the features of the application, and then make sure that the application can only access what it needs. For example, if an application wants to know your location, but it really has no reason to need this information, you should probably delete the application completely. If the phone has built-in applications such as “Find My iPhone” to find lost devices, it is best to turn off these settings completely. If you are serious about your privacy, try to avoid applications that require any location, and always remember to delete anything unnecessary.
Location tracking has been integrated into our daily life, so we need to fully understand its functions and benefits, and we also need to respect the privacy of others when carrying out location tracking. Although there are local privacy laws in every place, sometimes they are not always fully observed-especially when you deal with an evil person. That’s why it’s important to know your personal and professional information, whether it’s in your application or any other online account or business.