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Privacy myths busted: Protecting your mobile privacy is even harder than you think

CNET – “With increasingly invasive digital surveillance from advertisers and law enforcement over the past few years, securing your mobile phone from privacy threats in 2022 should be a key resolution. But don’t stop short. Changing a few settings in your phone and apps isn’t enough. To get the most privacy, the key ingredient to add is a suite of encrypted apps.  Securing your phone’s privacy from groups like your internet service provider and law enforcement is a three-part process. First, you need to change several settings in your operating system — that reduces your device’s compliance with your apps’ requests for your data. Next, you manage all of your apps by deleting them, disabling them or changing their privacy settings — that reduces your apps’ collection of the data you produce.  Dozens of settings in your phone’s operating system and within your apps would need to be changed before you could say you’d completed the first two steps. That’s why the final step — installing privacy-focused apps like a VPN, Signal Messenger, Brave Browser, DuckDuckGo and the BitWarden password manager — is crucial. Installing this suite of encryption and privacy apps makes most of the data you produce useless to your ISP and any local law enforcement surveilling you…”

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