In a few years, our phones have become central objects in our lives. We use them to communicate, entertain ourselves, take photos, geolocate ourselves, work, etc. The multiple uses have made our phones tools that possess a lot of very personal data. This data is collected by the companies that designed our phones (Apple, Sony, Google, etc.) and by the third-party services you use on them (messaging, social networks, banking apps, etc.). Although it may seem trivial, this data tells us a lot about ourselves and our private lives and can, one day, leak out and be exposed to the whole world. It is therefore prudent to keep this collection to a minimum. For its #BetterWeb blog, Qwant gives you 3 tips to protect your smartphone.

  1. Disable location

The first step is to disable location on your phone as much as possible. You can disable it for the whole phone or do it manually for each application.

Steps to follow:

  1. App Settings
  2. Privacy
  3. Location service
  4. Manually disable location

2. Disable app tracking and personalised advertising

Personalised advertising is a major source of personal data collection. The aim of companies in this field is to build up as detailed a picture of users as possible in order to offer them highly targeted advertising. This is why Qwant displays contextual advertising and not behavioural advertising, we do not collect data on our users.

Steps to follow:

  1. App Settings
  2. Privacy
  3. Apple Ads
  4. Disable the "Personalised Ads" button

Then :

  1. App Settings
  2. Privacy
  3. Tracking
  4. Disable the "Allow app tracking requests" button

3. Change your passwords

In addition to its suite of iCloud services (Calendar, Reminders, Notes, Apple Music, Apple TV+, etc.), Apple has developed a password manager: iCloud passwords. Integrated into all your Apple devices, it allows you to store your passwords. To help users improve their online security, the American giant has drawn up a list of high-risk passwords that can be reused for different sites. It is thus possible to have at a glance a list of passwords to change.

Steps to follow:

  1. Settings app
  2. Passwords
  3. Security Notices
  4. Changing the password on the site