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Urgent update warning of privacy settings on Android phones because new update could leave users vulnerable

ANDROID users are being warned to update their phone’s privacy settings after a new update could leave their devices vulnerable.

Google released the Android 12 operating system in October, and the company has added new additions in terms of privacy and security.

Android users are encouraged to take action

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Android users are encouraged to take actionCredit: Getty – Contributor

The new Android update has the ability to “hibernate” apps that haven’t been used for a long time and make location data less accurate.

When updating your phone, users should make sure to lock their privacy settings as Google is known for targeted ads based on personal data.

Much of the privacy information in Android 12 is based on the permissions you give apps on your device.

When installing apps, they will often ask for access to your camera, photos, contacts, location, microphone, etc.

Some of these require permission for the app to work but not all of them.

The AR app might need access to your camera to be usable, but the calendar app doesn’t need permissions for anything.

A new privacy panel is added to Android 12 to increase permission transparency.

Using this feature, you can see which apps are doing what on your device.

The dashboard can be accessed by going to Settings, Privacy, and then opening the Privacy Dashboard.

It is important for users to check access to their microphone and camera.

While Facebook and other social media sites can’t actually eavesdrop on you, Android 12 can make camera and microphone access instantly disabled.

This can give users more peace of mind when using their devices.

You can also remove your advertising ID, which allows apps to associate data with your device and create profiles of what you like. This is what advertisers use to send you ads.

By going to Settings, Privacy, then Advertising, you can select Remove Advertising ID. You’ll still see ads on your phone, but they’ll no longer be based on your behavior or personal data.

Most of Android’s privacy options will be in your device’s Settings app. You can toggle the permissions you want to allow on your device.

You can even limit the amount of information Google can collect from you by turning off your location history on the privacy menu.

However, the best way to protect your device is to have a password manager to create unique logins for all your accounts and use two-factor authentication.

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Caroline Bleakley

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