10 ways you’re being tracked without you knowing it

Everything we do online and with technology leaves a mark. We believe that with technology we provide comfort for ourselves and make progress in our business, but the fact that we often lose our privacy.

In November 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the first digital pill in the United States, which monitors patients’ adherence to their medication. The patient’s doctor, if he agrees, registers the activity levels, sleep patterns and heart rate to be replaced every 7 days.

In this case, all stakeholders should be aware of this tracking process, but many companies are tracking their users without realizing it, such as Uber, which tracks their users by creating software that runs in the background of smart devices, even after iPhone By deleting the app, Uber does a lot of activity to track its users and the data they trade without noticing.

1. Social networks 

The reason why social networks like Facebook are free is that they work with companies that offer ads tailored to you on this site by tracking the number of your information: political tendencies, age, until you reach where your friends live, and the devices you use to access Facebook.

2. Search results 

Many search engines store all the search results, Google, in particular, keeps track of all the ads you are looking for from the ads, videos, images, links that you click on, but there are search engines such as (Duck Duck Go) does not track the search results for its users.

3. E-mail 

There are many companies you have not heard of before (Bananatag, Yesware, Streak) know a lot about you, especially if you open an email sent by one of their customers, they will know where you are, and what kind of device you are using by simply clicking on the link and all without awareness or consent From you.

But there is a clever way to know who is tracking your email revealed by Sonny Tulyaganov, the inventor of Ugly mail, a Chrome search engine technology that lets you know who is tracking your emails.

This technology is used by more than 300,000 users because the use of Ugly mail technology is simple and efficient, it inserts a (1×1) image into your email and when you open the email the image provides the server from which you created information such as time, location, device you are using and then Once the technology is installed, the code identifies the e-mail that contains the pixels, and the messages will appear in your e-mail with the eye icon next to the subject heading, allowing you to know who is tracking your messages. Once you click on it, you will be alerted. From your email account, And your computer.

4. Applications

A variety of applications such as (Tinder, Yelp) and newer applications such as Snapchat, where Snap company has added a new feature (the map of Snap) These maps have been introduced to many countries, including Canada, allow users to view their location on the map while using the application. You choose to use this feature Snapchat will track your location, share it with friends by placing your avatar on your map, and although there is an option to get out of this feature (stealth mode) there is still a possibility to know where you are.

5. Cookies

A variety of sites use a technique called “cookies” to see if a user has accessed this site before, in most cases, they are used to remember preferences and targeted advertising material in shopping, but most browsers have a way to disable cookies if you don’t you want them to track your movements online.

6. Mobile devices 

Your cell phone has many sensors that track how you use the phone. It also has environmental sensors that enable you to determine the light and temperature levels in your surroundings. Your cellular service provider maintains records of incoming and outgoing calls and a GPS that enables you to be tracked. And determine your location.

7. Wi-Fi networks 

It’s not a good idea to use a public Wi-Fi network in general.

8. Surveillance cameras

As of 2014, 245 million video cameras were installed worldwide, according to a data.

9. Online shopping

Your online shopping habits can reveal to companies information about you that you are not willing to tell them to people yet.

In 2014, Janet Vertissi, an assistant professor of sociology at Princeton University, tried for nine months to hide the news of her pregnancy online, and it was not easy.

Vertesi highlighted the challenges she faced and highlighted the overall social impact. “The average person’s online shopping data is 10 cents, while the data for a pregnant woman goes up to $ 1.5. Until you spend a lot of money. ”

So Vertesi sought to use cash purchases when buying everything related to pregnancy and baby-related items, so no information can be shared through credit cards or purchase cards from stores.

“We need to be more aware of the information we provide to the servers voluntarily,” Vertese said. “I wondered when it would come and we could choose to give personal information to the Internet.”

10. Household appliances 

Yes, even a washing machine and a fridge might be watching you. A 2016 study found a motion sensor installed in a home technology device that could read the PIN.

A student in computer science Tony Beltramley at the University of Information Technology in Copenhagen has shown that smartwatch programs can be used to record user passwords, PINs and install an application that can spy on you without the user’s knowledge.

As well as voice technology that is becoming more and more popular and popular, devices such as (Google Home, Alexa) keep records of search queries and voice conversations, but there is a way to access and delete them.

On the issue of privacy, the use of sensors is not safe. The amount of information that can be accessed by any application developer can be enormous, ranging from discovering whether a person is working or not to going to sleep and even in terms of intimate activities.

At the same time, a Taiwanese company has set up a more accurate use of sensors on the Apple watch, allowing Apple wearers to control a drone using gestures.