3. Turn Off Location Collection in Apps and Ad Trackers
Applications installed on mobile devices may collect and transmit data that reveals a user’s location. Photos may also unwittingly disclose locations; social media apps, for instance, often store revealing metadata in images. Federal employees should be aware of which apps and ad trackers collect data by checking their privacy settings.
4. Minimize Mobile Web Browsing
Many websites use browser fingerprinting to gather location information. If federal employees must use a mobile web browser, it’s important to incorporate secure browsing methods such as only accessing websites that use Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure. For an additional layer of security, virtual machines can be used to process untrusted data from external sources.