iPhone devices are the most preferred and appealing devices, especially when it comes to privacy and security. People who use the iPhone know what it’s like to be secure from so many unwanted things. Apple is committed to the privacy of its users, and that is why they don’t share the details of their users with anyone. They also have their own browsers and mail features that keep the user keep out from the crowd. People who use Android devices also want privacy like the iPhone, but unfortunately, they can’t have it because the iOS operating system only works on the iPhone.
Privacy matters to everyone, even if the user is using an Android device. That is why there are some processes and steps that will increase the privacy of the Android device too. It’s true that Android devices send up to 10 times data to the Google server, whereas the iPhone does with Apple. All this is possible in the iPhone is because of its numerous privacy options that secure the data of the user. However, if you want to make your Android device more secured then you need some tips to increase your privacy. There are some additional changes that you need to make in your Android to enhance its privacy level. Here’s how:
1. Discard Google Chrome and Try Brave or Firefox
In every Android mobile device, Google Chrome is available by default. That is why almost every user uses Google Chrome instead of any other browser. But you might not know that Google Chrome is the one that shares most of your information. Google Chrome is one of the most popular browsers, but that doesn’t mean other browsers are not that secure or useful. In the iPhone “Safari” browser is available, which is one of the most secured browsers made by Apple. For Android devices, Safari is not available, yet you can be more secured without using Google Chrome.
Instead of using Google Chrome, you better use Brave or Firefox that does not share much data as compared to Google Chrome. It’s possible that you can save restrict sharing your data by using Firefox and Brave browser. Both of these browsers do not share your data with other third parties. These browsers have advance tracking data protection available that does not let the websites get your data without permission and block those sites to get the data.
2. Use Third-Party Messaging Apps for End-To-End Encryption
To be fully secured, Android users need to have a secure messaging app. Well, in current Android devices Google is providing its own messaging application as default. It’s easy and simple, but there is no privacy in the Google messaging application. The default messaging application of Android is not end-to-end encrypted, and that is why many third parties can get the information from it.
In the Apple iPhone device, the messaging application is totally secure that even Apple does not have details of it. There is also the iMessage feature available, which is not available in Android. To get proper security in Android you need to use to a third party messaging browser instead of using default Google messaging application. In third party end-to-end encrypted messaging app, your conversation will be safe, and Google will not be able to read it. Either you can use WhatsApp to get end-to-end encryption.
3. Depot Gmail to Use Another Private Email
Gmail is the application of Google, which is default available in Android devices. There is no denying that Gmail is stable, but it cannot provide the privacy that users require. Google admits that Gmail does not scan the files, but whenever you share any file, it scans for an unknown purpose.
Whereas iPhones have their own mail, which is iCloud mail service. The iCloud mail service does not scan any document you share neither it collects the data of any user. It’s a great service that apple provide thought its apps, and to get these kinds of service you need to stop using Gmail service. You can make your iCloud mail and can use it in your Android in the Gmail application. Your iCloud mail will not be scanned, and your data will be secured.
4. Max Your Google Maps Privacy
Without any doubt, Google Maps is superior service in the Android device. Apple Maps are also great, but nothing in comparison to Google maps. The only thing Apple Maps are ahead is its privacy, whereas Google Maps are far behind. Google maps track you every step provide several more features more than Apple Maps. In the face of Privacy, Apple Maps are ahead, but users cant install it in the Android device, so in that condition, enhancing privacy is a tough thing but not impossible.
To make Google maps more private and secure, you need to max out the privacy in the settings to stop Google from collecting your data. In the settings of Google Maps, go to “Your Data in Maps” of your account. Tap on the “Location History” and pause sharing your location history. Google will stop collecting your location wherever you will go. Then you need to go to “Activities Controls” from your Google Account to pause your “Web & App Activity.” From this process, Google will no longer track your steps, and you will get some improved privacy from before.
Daniel Ryan is a Norton product expert and has been working in the technology industry since 2002. As a technical expert, Daniel has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as norton.com/setup.