Google is Tracking your smartphone and identifying every aspect of your activity. Here is the website that proves it
The fact that Smartphones are being tracked isn’t new as several reports to the effect made headlines in the last few months. Very recently, Edward Snowden made a proclamation how he was working on a smartphone case that can tell you if your phone being tracked. Now once again the issue of phone tracking has come into the limelight by none other than the fact that Google is tracking Smartphones wherever users go.
News has just cropped up online that Google is tracking Smartphone users where red dots on their maps indicate a specific location. This helps them in matching identification.
1 How Google is tracking smartphones
The method works on similar lines of what was depicted in the movie Minority report. Did you see that? Regardless of where Tom Cruise goes, he is detected by authorities’ because of his retina scans that have been linked to a central data base. This is exactly what is going on here except that the tool is your Smartphone.
In fact if you want to check this for yourself, you can track your own phone by logging in with the same account you use on your Smartphone. Now this is something amazing because you can actually find records of all the locations you were present in from the very first day of the month you logged in. I tried this for myself and found a red dot placed on every location I had been to in the last one month. The image below is an example. Even if you have taken a photograph in those places at least one photo may even show up too.
2 How to track your own phone
You can even track yourself to see whether what we are talking about is true or not. Just log in with the same account you use on your Smartphone. Just follow the link provided below and you will be shocked to see your entire movement is tracked and recorded. Even routes you may have travelled from one place to another may be depicted with connecting lines. Even if you have clicked photos, a photo of that event will also appear on the left side of the screen. Don’t believe this?? Well try it now and you’ll understand what is being spoken about here. Here is the link
There is not even the slightest element of your location that has not been tracked. If you have travelled long distance form one location to another, the time and place as well as the entire route will be marked on the map. EERie??? You bet it is. This is all due to Google’s location history facility that gets enabled which is how Google is tracking smartphones.
3 How you can minimize tracking
Regardless of any privacy setting that you may implement, as long as your phone is synchronized with Google accounts, be prepared to upload every aspect of your movement history to Google. This information is easily collected by government. However while this can be construed as an invasion of privacy, there may be some advantages too in finding out the movement of criminals. And of course, cheating husbands beware!!!
The tracking can be minimized through various procedures. In order to check if location history is enabled on your account, go to the location history page of Google maps. Now clear the gear icon button which grants access to history setting, you can easily disable the service. But even if you disable the location history faculty, the past records and data all remain, that is not removed.
4 How to erase location history
Go to the location history main page. Now click on the pull down menu below the calendar which appears on the left and which shows your history for the last month. Before I show you how to delete the entire history, you need to know another bit of information. If you have shared your location with any friends or followers on Google + then they too will find your location. To be safe, just don’t share your location with anyone. To know more go to Google support and search for “see friends locations on map’
Selecting a time period where Google maps has tracked your location, you will find points that indicate where you have been on the map. Look below the calendar. This area will display options to delete your history from whichever time period you have selected. This is how Google is tracking smartphones. Be wise and delete your entire location history now.