How To Stop Your Phone Tracking You

Google is getting nosy. It’s tracking your every move through your Android phone.

You might think that turning off the Location history function in the settings will spoil its fun. It won’t because Google will still track you through other services such as Maps, search, and weather.

The reason behind its fascination with your location is that it uses that data for personalised services, local search and, of course, advertising.

How to shut down tracking on your Android phone

To stop Google’s fun once and for all, all you have to do is:

  • Go to settings.
  • Tap on Google then Google Account
  • Tap on the data & personalisation tab and then Web & App Activity
  • Toggle Web & App Activity off

And here’s how to turn off location history:

  • Go to settings.
  • Tap on Google then Google Account
  • Click on the Data & Personalisation tab
  • Press location history and toggle the setting off for each phone or device connected to your Google account

Shutting down Apple smartphone tracking

Things are a bit different if you have an iPhone. Apple’s Significant Locations Tracking tracks and records places that you visit most often to provide location-based data and relevant suggestions.

You can turn this feature off by:

  • Launching the Settings app from the Home screen.
  • Tapping on Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Tap Significant Locations.
  • Entering your passcode, use Touch ID, or Face ID, to authenticate access.
  • Tapping the Significant Locations On/Off Switch, which will become grey when off

How to turn off location tracking on Windows 10 devices

If you don’t want Windows 10 to track your location:

  • Launch the Settings app
  • Go to Privacy > Location.
  • Click Change and, on the screen that appears, move the slider from On to Off.

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Should I Upgrade to Windows 10?

Do I upgrade to Windows 10

 

Yes, it’s here.

The latest incarnation of Windows has landed. Some lucky people are in line for free upgrades whereas the rest of us mere mortals have to fork out cash to get the benefit of Microsoft’s latest OS.

In this article we’ll try and answer some of the questions that are buzzing round your head as you try to decide whether to upgrade or not.

Who can upgrade to the new OS?

Those lovely people at Microsoft are offering a free upgrade (until July 29th 2016) to all those using Windows 7 and Windows 8 or 8.1.

There is a caveat however, this only applies to users of non-enterprise versions.

What if I’ve got Windows Vista or XP? Can I upgrade?

Bad news – there’s no direct upgrade for you. Instead, you’ll have to do a clean install.

What about is you have a volume license?

If you have an enterprise edition you can upgrade through Microsoft Software Assurance.

If you don’t have Software Assurance, we’re still waiting for an announcement from Microsoft about a standalone Windows 10 Enterprise option.

For this who installed Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 Professional editions using a volume license, here’s what Microsoft said:

…we are offering the full versions of Windows 10 Home, Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 Pro as a free and easy upgrade for qualifying Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 devices that upgrade in the first year after launch. Once you upgrade, you have Windows 10 for free on that device.

How about updating through Windows Update?

You can, but it depends. The best way to answer this question is to show you the Upgrade Matrix from Microsoft that outlines the minimum requirements. It’s worth noting that is you run Windows RT, you’r not eligible for a free upgrade.

 

Microsoft upgrade matrix

Is it going to cost me a lot?

The upgrade version is free. Of course, if you buy the full version at retail it’s not going to be cheap, so the best way to do it – especially if you’re in the market for a new PC – is buy one with Windows 10 pre-installed.

Microsoft have said  that once updates they will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device at no additional charge. What is not clear however, is how long that will be, or how much they’ll charge for the new updates after the support ends.

Do I have to upgrade?

If you still love Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, the answer is no, you don’t have to. However, it is worth remembering that extended support for Windows 7 ends in January 2020 and for Windows 8 in January 2023.

How that answers some of your questions about Windows 10. We’ll have more news, advice and tips coming over the next few weeks.

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