The Secret Your Cellphone Company Doesn’t Want You To Know

IMG_0467Recently, AT&T surprised everyone when it added a new option to its gigapower fiber internet service: privacy. Yes, for just $29 more a month, AT&T promises it won’t sell your search and browsing history to advertisers. How generous.

While there’s still some doubt about how private your information is even after you pay the $29, at least AT&T is being honest about how it finances operations. The truth is, the major cellphone carriers are more than happy to sell your information to advertisers and serve you targeted ads over their networks. I’m going to tell you how to stop them, and at the end I’ll discuss other ways carriers and advertisers are working to get your information.

IPHONE

If you’re an iPhone user, go into Settings, and then tap Privacy. Scroll all the way down to Advertising. You’ll see a button that says “Limit ad tracking.” Slide this button to make it green. This will stop ad companies from tracking what you do with your phone and from serving up targeted ads.

Right underneath that setting, by the way, you’ll see the “Reset Advertising Identifier” option. Tapping on that will zero out the anonymized identifier linked to your personal data on Apple’s servers.

In other words, to trackers you’ll appear to be a new user. This can make it more difficult (but not impossible) for advertisers to build up a profile on how you browse. Full Story

 

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