st1801: Your Phone Knows Your Every Move!

I always feel like somebody's watching me - shout out to Rockwell

Modern smart phones, specifically Apple and Android phones, record our every move using highly accurate GPS.  They use this information to provide a variety of services including mapping and location based reminders. But how secure is this information?  Is your privacy at risk?  Is there any way to shut this down?  All of this and more is explored on this episode of SmartTech.

As you heard in the podcast, location tracking can be useful for many services and it is very secure on Apple devices.  But if you want to shut off that feature, here is how you do it on Apple and Android devices:

Apple Devices

  1. Click “Settings”
  2. Go to “Privacy”
  3. Select “Location Services”
  4. Scroll down to “System Services”
  5. Choose “Frequent Locations” to see the logged record of where you’ve been. De-select this to turn it off.

You can also clear your history here by clicking “Clear History.”

Android Devices

  1. Open the App Drawer and go to “Settings”
  2. Scroll down and tap “Location”
  3. Scroll down and tap “Google Location Settings”
  4. Tap “Location Reporting” and “Location History” and switch the slider to off for each one.
  5. To delete your device’s location cache, tap “Delete Location History” at the bottom of the screen under “Location History.”
  6. Repeat this process for each Google Account you have on your Android device.

Your Phone Knows Your Every Move!

st1719: 2017 – A SmartTech Year in Review [Podcast]

It is amazing how, when a year comes to an end, we tend to forget all of the things that have happened.  2017 has been a crazy year in a lot of ways, but it has been a diverse technology related year.  So in this episode I review some of the technological events of note through the eyes of the SmartTech podcast.  Be sure to share your favorite technology related events or gadgets in our comment section or on our Facebook page.

Illustration provided by Pond5


st1716: Equifax is hacked AGAIN! Your online Idenity is at risk [Podcast]

Equifax, one of the largest collectors of data about you in the world was hacked AGAIN! Learn about what this new hack and the last hack means for you AND how you protect yourself.

st1715: Everything we learned about creating safe passwords is WRONG! [Podcast]

The guy who years ago worked out rules for safely password protecting your files and websites just announced he was wrong! Now what??? We explore his revelation on this episode.

st1709: I Just WannaCry! [Podcast]

The WannaCry virus wreaks havoc on world businesses

Have you ever just needed a good cry?  Well the people experiencing the “Wannacry” virus are probably feeling that way right now.

Wannacry is ransomware.  It encrypts an infected computer’s hard drive and attempts to sell an encryption key to its victims for a cost of $300 to start and then the cost escalates quickly the longer the victim waits to pay.  In this episode we talk about the insidiousness of such ransomware and how you can protect yourself.

Wanakiwi – possible WannaCry fix

WannaCry cousin uses your computer to mine Bitcoins

1Password – Password Manager