Privacy – Managing Anonymity

Privacy – Managing Anonymity

Seems that virtually every app or service on a smartphone is a new opportunity to track our habits and preferences. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Today some tips on how to be a bit more invisible on the info highway.

Belinger: It’s very simple once you know where to go. But the makers of the different smart phones do not necessarily make it easy. And they change the settings with each version of their operating system.

Frances Belinger is a professor in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of business at Virginia Tech.

Belinger: You can go on anonymously on most of the browsers. There’s actually a function where you can say “I want to go incognito.”

Belinger and her team have created an app to help people achieve more privacy on their smart phones.

Belinger: We realized that people didn’t know about the privacy settings, and we wanted to educate people. Let’s see how we’re going to get people to maybe do a little bit better at protecting themselves by giving them information about the various settings on their smart phone. It allows the individuals to not only read about this is what this particular setting does, and then it shows them how to go to their settings and change that. But it also has a voiceover. So it’s a free app called Privacy Helper which is available on the iTunes stores.
The companies keep adding different kinds of apps or tools to collect information from people, because information is money. The only problem I really have, is that the people do not know. If individuals choose to give their information or sell them as because it becomes a market, that’s fine – it’s their choice. But if the companies find ways to always add these ways to collect information and do not tell us, I think that’s what the problem is.

The app is called Privacy Helper. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Privacy - Managing Anonymity

An app can help you navigate the info highway incognito.
Air Date:04/06/2016
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Privacy - Managing Anonymity

Seems that virtually every app or service on a smartphone is a new opportunity to track our habits and preferences. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Today some tips on how to be a bit more invisible on the info highway.

Belinger: It's very simple once you know where to go. But the makers of the different smart phones do not necessarily make it easy. And they change the settings with each version of their operating system.

Frances Belinger is a professor in accounting and information systems in the Pamplin College of business at Virginia Tech.

Belinger: You can go on anonymously on most of the browsers. There's actually a function where you can say "I want to go incognito."

Belinger and her team have created an app to help people achieve more privacy on their smart phones.

Belinger: We realized that people didn't know about the privacy settings, and we wanted to educate people. Let's see how we're going to get people to maybe do a little bit better at protecting themselves by giving them information about the various settings on their smart phone. It allows the individuals to not only read about this is what this particular setting does, and then it shows them how to go to their settings and change that. But it also has a voiceover. So it's a free app called Privacy Helper which is available on the iTunes stores.
The companies keep adding different kinds of apps or tools to collect information from people, because information is money. The only problem I really have, is that the people do not know. If individuals choose to give their information or sell them as because it becomes a market, that's fine - it's their choice. But if the companies find ways to always add these ways to collect information and do not tell us, I think that's what the problem is.

The app is called Privacy Helper. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.