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1. See if anyone is secretly receiving copies of your emails
I always get calls from my national radio show from people concerned that someone is watching everything they do.
One of the first steps I recommend: make sure your inbox is locked. Here are steps if you notice or suspect common logins.
Log in to your email and then go to your account or security settings.
You will find an option that allows you to view your recent login activity or login history. It will be labeled as “Recent Activity,” “Security,” or “Login History.”
Pro Tip: Using Gmail? Click the Details link next to Last Account Activity at the bottom of any Gmail page.
View the list of recent logins. See something that doesn’t belong to you or one of your devices? You may also see a strange location.
If you see an unfamiliar location or a device that doesn’t belong to you, act quickly. Change your password, make sure two-factor authentication is enabled, and log all devices out of your account.
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2. Make sure your printer isn’t hacked
Like your computer, your printer is a gold mine for hackers. Why? Printers often keep copies of the documents that have been printed. Any cybercriminal can get copies of sensitive information, such as your financial information.
Here are three signs that your printer has been hacked:
Your printer starts printing blank pages or some characters.
You see print jobs that you have not started.
Your printer’s settings have changed – and it wasn’t you.
What should you do?
Unplug the printer. Press and hold the Reset button, usually located on the back or bottom of the printer.
Press and hold the Reset button, plug the printer back in and turn it on. After about 20 seconds, the lights will flash to indicate it’s done.
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3. There is a hidden location tracker on your iPhone
I recommend going through the location settings on your phone. That will go a long way in shutting down much of the GPS tracking. But you can’t stop there.
Why does your phone tell you how long it takes to get to the office or know your arrival time for the supermarket when you get in the car for groceries on a Saturday morning? That’s part of Significant Locations.
Apple says this feature exists so your phone can learn important places for you and provide personalized services like traffic routing and better photo reminders.
Here’s how to access it – and shut it down.
Open your iPhone’s institutionsand then tap Privacy and security.
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Select Location Services.
Scroll down and tap System Services.
Scroll until you see important locations and tap on that.
If you don’t want your iPhone to track your whereabouts, slide the switch next to Significant Locations to the left to disable the setting.
Do you want to clear this list of important locations? Follow the steps here.
4. You can erase your phone if you lose it
The very idea of your phone being in someone else’s hands is creepy. Imagine a stranger browsing your photos, videos, apps, conversations, and browser tabs.
So what if you lose your phone? You can take a step to protect your data, even if you never get that phone back.
To wipe your iPhone remotely:
Open iCloud.com/find and go to the Find iPhone function.
Select your lost phone and then select Erase the iPhone.
Remotely erase your Android phone:
Go to android.com/find and sign in to your Google account. Select your lost phone and you will get information about its location.
Select when prompted Turn on lock and wipe.
Select Erase device to delete its data.
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5. Apps are desperate for you to share the juicy details
Social media companies are scrambling to get their hands on your contacts’ birthdays, photos, full names, email addresses, and more. They tell you it’s a useful tool for finding your friends, but your friends’ information isn’t yours to give away. That’s their own to decide where to share.
Companies build so-called shadow profiles from your address book. They can learn a lot from those you know, even if they don’t use those platforms. Secret things.
How can you make a difference? Don’t let apps access your phone’s contacts. See which apps do have access and disable them. And always pay attention and stop sharing info without one Real benefit to you.
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