Keeping nosy advertisers out of your phone

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by Gary Harper

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Posted on September 28, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 28 at 3:38 PM

PHOENIX -- The new iPhone 5 and the IOS-6 operating system for older iPhones are all anyone is talking about these days.

"There are upwards of 200 new features that would be available as a result of this new upgrade," Ken Colburn told 3 On Your Side.

Ken Colburn and Ken Moskowitz are with Data Doctors and say the new operating system does offer some cool, new things.

"When I go to bed at night I don't want my phone ringing but I don't want it on airplane mode cause if it's a family member that needs to get through, you have a way to control now whose call can come through and whose won't," said Moskowitz.

But all these new features come with a price that you may not be aware of.

"Just about every application that you add to your phone has some form of tracking in it," Colburn said.

That's right. Many companies and marketing firms have been allowed access into the new iPhone 5 and iPhones which downloaded the IOS-6.

That's because the program has an advertising setting that automatically defaults to "off," and when your setting is in the "off" position advertisers have free rein inside your phone, allowing them to access to all kinds personal information.

"Every single thing you do and every place you go with your smart phone can be tracked," Colburn stated.

If you don't want your every move tracked, Colburn said there a just a few steps you have to do to keep nosy advertisers out.

"Just click on 'settings,' then 'general,' then go to 'about.' Then at the bottom of that screen, you'll see an option for 'advertising.' Click on that and just turn that 'ON,'" Colburn explained.

And the "on" position is what you want in order to keep advertisers out. The whole process takes less than a minute to do.

"You're reducing the amount of information that advertisers or these apps can track. You're limiting the tracking capabilities," Colburn said.

Steps to Remove Advertisers From Your Phone
1. In your phone, go to “Settings.”
2. Then select “General.”
3. Then select “About.”
4. At the bottom of the screen, select the option “Advertising.”
5. Select “ON.”

 

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