Accurate location data from your phone can be shared with other smartphones if you’re careless or forgetful – or even when you’re not. So it’s no wonder that many of us often wonder: Is my phone always tracking my location?
Phone Location Tracking – Advantages And Disadvantages
Although we live in an age of modern technology, when anything is possible – the thought that someone can always know where you are can make you feel a little paranoid. No, that doesn’t have to be a horror movie situation – but in “your movie” it may look like you’re being followed by your employer, your partner, or God knows who. And indeed, all of this is a bit too much – and gives you a feeling of discomfort. However, let’s not forget that this possibility of modern technologies can sometimes be very useful. For example, if you want to know where your child is, if you have lost your phone, or even when searching for missing persons or solving crimes.
Will Your Phone Always Track Your Location?
The answer is: Yes if you allow it yourself! So how do we do that? Phone tracking is possible in different ways. On the GooglePlay store, you can find many applications that allow you to track someone’s phone. Still, think about it. If you follow someone, maybe that someone is following you. Very often, we do it ourselves and are unaware of the further course of events. And how does tracking a user’s location on Android work? The moment you first set up your Android device, it asks if you want to share location information. If you accept this, Google will automatically start tracking your phone’s movement and add all that information as part of the location history feature, which you can use later if you need to. However, there are also some other ways of tracking your phone, so let’s see some of them.
Locating A Phone Using A Number
This is one of the easiest ways you can find a lost or stolen phone – or track someone down. Ummm, we’ll tell you again that someone else can follow you in the same way. So how does locating a phone by using a phone number work? Very simple! According to find-my-phone.org, online localization and tracking using a mobile phone number and the Internet can be done within minutes. Simply enter the service, enter the country you come from, the desired phone number – and click on the search. The service will provide you with information about the phone location in minutes – and on your email address. These services locate the position of your friends, girlfriend, spouse, or children – by using GPS. However, this information is not retained in any database, so keep that in mind.
Public Wi-Fi Networks
Although we find it tempting, free public wi-fi networks are a good way for someone to track you – and also to misuse data from your phone. So you need to be very careful. Namely, accessing a free Wi-Fi network is the same as using a computer at work. Your computer at work can be accessed by a local administrator, and if a password is found – anyone can access your computer. It is identical to the free wi-fi network. So think twice. Would you allow anyone to read your emails, view your photos, or access your bank account? That is exactly what can happen while you are connecting to free Wi-Fi in a cafe or hotel room. Any network that is free of charge, including networks at the airport – is a network with a high degree of risk and is unsafe. If you connect to such networks with unprotected phones – your data or photos can easily be misused.
In the sea of applications that help you locate someone, the StingRays application stands out, which works on a similar principle as the control towers of mobile operators. However, there is one significant difference. Namely, unlike control towers, the only role here is to monitor your mobile phone. So to that end, StingRays simulates a tower to track your phone when it is in a certain area. Although this acts as a training ground for numerous abuses – we must point out that law enforcement officers very often use this method when finding people via a mobile device.
Why User Tracking Can Be A Serious Problem?
Depending on which method you use to track a phone – it can be a minor or major problem for someone. For example, in the case of tracking through Google applications – the information obtained is available to you and Google. If such information falls into the wrong hands (and this can happen) – everything can be further complicated. User movement information can tell you where a person often parks her car, where he or she lives, or works – or what daily routine this person has. For example, in case a thief gets hold of this information – he can later, without any problems, organize a very successful robbery. However, if you are not faithful in marriage and your wife downloads one of the tracking applications and takes a look at the history of your movement – it can be even more devastating than robbery. All jokes aside, privacy is a matter for each individual, and we believe that each person should have 5 minutes of solitude.
Deactivation Of The Location Tracking Function
Of course, you can do something like this. In that case, it’s a little harder to find you, right? Still, it’s not impossible – but who’s going to bother with complicated things now? So you have the option to simply turn off this function – or to turn off the phone. However, keep in mind that if you turn off Google options, Google will not know anything about you – and will not be able to help or benefit you. On the other hand, if you turn off the phone, you run the risk of your loved ones being very worried if you are not replying. Maybe the best way is to live relaxed and not give anyone a reason to follow you. Think about that!