How to enable location safely on your phone

The security of our location is an issue that few of us know how to protect. We know that there are companies that can track our whereabouts through some applications that we install on our mobile. But we can put an end to that right now by adding some security checks around our locatio.

Almost all the procedures that we will do to protect the location on our smartphone is simple and fast to achieve. It is enough to enter the configuration of our mobile to do so.

But if you still don’t feel safe enough, you can still install an app that will not only hide your location, but won’t allow any of your online activities to be tracked.

Control your location data

There are times when it is okay to allow an app to access your location, but there are times when it is not.
For example, when you are on the street and you need to find a place, it is okay to share your location with the map application to find your destination. The same if you need to give someone you trust your address.

A location service also becomes necessary when your mobile is lost and you have to find it. However, some of the applications we use request our location without a consistent reason.

This is why you must take control of your location data.

Control location on Apple iOS

The Apple operating system offers different options for sharing your precise location with applications. But depending on the version installed on your mobile, the configuration will be a little different.

For example, in iOS 14 you are given 4 options to allow or not to share the location with an app:

Never.
Ask next time.
While using the application.
Always.

In iOS 13, it instead gives you the options:

Allowing once.
Do not allow.
While using the application.

Some versions tell you when an app is using your location in the background and even tell you how many times an app has accessed your location. The important thing to maintain the security functions of iOS is that you keep all the updates up to date.

Another option is to disable shared location services for all applications. Although this is not ideal if you use apps like Google Maps. This can be done in Settings> Privacy> Location Services.

Control location on Android

When we configure our Android we do it with a Google account, it saves our location and is designed to synchronize the browsing history with all our devices. This implies that if we have the option of sharing location enabled on all devices, not only will they know our whereabouts all the time, but even our habits and tastes.

Android gives us several options to modify how applications interact with our location. And to change the location permissions per application you must follow these steps:

Go to Settings on your smartphone.
Tap on the Location profile .
In Android, enter the application Permissions and if it is a Pixel mobile, tap on Access to the application’s location.
All applications have 3 categories to grant or deny them permissions:

Allowed all the time.
Allowed only while in use.
Denied

Tap the app you want to change the location permission for.

You will see 3 options below to control the permission. Here’s a breakdown of what each one means.

Allowed all the time: Allow all the time / Allow only while using the app / Deny.
Allowed only while in use: Allow only while using the app / Deny.
Denied: Allow only while the application is in use / Deny if the setting is in “Allow all time” mode, that is, the application can persistently track your location even when it is not open.
The option to “Allow all the time” is useful for some applications that need to locate you while you do other things, such as Uber or Google Maps. If these applications are set to “Allow only while using the application”, only the active location will be when the application is open.

To completely disable location services for all applications, just press “Deny.”

Use a VPN program to protect your location

By now you know how to manage which applications can get your location. But they can still track it when you use the browsers. This is because an IP address is required to access information online and cannot be removed.

On the other hand, we can hide or mask the IP address. And one of the easiest ways to do it is by using a VPN or virtual private network.

A VPN can disguise your location by masquerading as another. This gives you a great security advantage. Since when sending and receiving data through public Wi-Fi they can perfectly track your information.

This private network masks your IP when you use one of its servers to connect to the network. These servers are located all over the world, so you can select a location and your IP will become that of that server.

This in addition to giving you security also allows you to skip limits imposed by websites or service providers in your country of origin. For example, you could watch Netflix content from another country that is not available in yours.

All VPNs are different, but most offer similar connection tools.

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