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Many websites can leak your personal information. Some of them have started using encryption after they learned about NSA spying. But even so, their mobile versions are not secured. Without a mobile device VPN, your phone will leak a lot of data. And this happens even if you are not sharing it actively. Lt’s first look at some of the things you may be leaking.
Holes in Encryption
Encryption is the key to preventing data leaks. But many websites do not provide encryption on all their pages. And many applications also have holes in their encryption that allow data leaks. This is more true on mobile sites which are not being prioritized when encryption is applied. Also, the mobile platform is just a baby when compared to desktop versions. Catching up is not something that can be done overnight. Mobile users need to be even more careful to prevent data leaks.
Online shopping is one of the more dangerous activities. Checkouts are encrypted, but other pages aren’t. People can search for and browse products without signing in to their protected accounts. Some sites do not encrypt the pages even after you have logged in. Your cart or your wish list is probably not encrypted. Personal information like your username or real name, location and date of birth can be seen along with the products you have looked at.
VoIP can leak important data as well. Though communications are encrypted for most services, contact lists may not be. These leaks mostly happen when we use web interfaces or desktop apps. Some features that allow downloads of personal information are not encrypted. Many of these leaks are not actively searched for by service providers. They are only addressed when reported by users. This leaves most people vulnerable because they do not know the first thing about finding leaks.
Mobile apps are notorious for leaking data. Most point their fingers at old phones, but even newer operating systems like Android’s Jelly Bean and the iPhone 5 have vulnerabilities. The real problem is the apps that these devices use. App downloads and updates are not encrypted. Social media and camera apps send unencrypted images and location data. Chat, VoIP, and email apps send phone numbers and addresses unencrypted, and sometimes the messages and calls themselves. Weather apps send your location unencrypted as well. Apps also send complete information about the device used. Browsers reveal visited pages and web searches. The SSID of the carrier network that your device connects to is also open.
Use a Mobile Device VPN
The first thing that all mobile users should do is install a mobile device VPN. This is a quick solution to tracking that can cover a user’s trail. What this does is immediately prevent the information that has been leaked from being traced back to the user. Mobile device VPNs hide the user’s IP address so he or she cannot be connected to the leaked data. And they prevent cookies from doing the same. Mobile device VPNs also hide the user’s personally identifiable information that is available through his or her real IP address.
A mobile device VPN can’t plug encryption holes. But it helps to secure your identity. The next step would be to take care what information you enter on websites. While connected to your mobile device VPN, open new accounts for online shopping and et cetera. Do not enter any data that can be connected to you personally. If these details are required, use alternates. You can have for example one phone number and different email addresses that you use for only these transactions. Do not use these websites unless you are connected to your mobile device VPN.
Next, be careful what apps you use. Research these apps before you download them. And don’t forget to log on to your mobile device VPN before going online to do that. Get a good mobile security tool that provides antivirus features and helps you check for privacy dangers. Use secure browsers and don’t forget to close tabs after browsing. Also set the browsers to maximum privacy. This all together will help you stay safer. These precautions will prevent hackers and spies from using the data leaks to engineer attacks against you.