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85% of Android users are concerned about the privacy of the platform

According to one poll carried out by the Calyx Institute in 2021, 80% of users expressed concern about digital privacy during the last year and 59% are more aware of the processing of their data than a year ago. To help allay these concerns, users can limit the amount of personal data available online with services such as Kaspersky Privacy Checker.

Kaspersky’s findings were drawn from anonymous data relating to visits to the website of Kaspersky Privacy Checker between January and July 2022. For this, the services and platforms in which users most frequently requested security configuration instructions were analysed.

The figures for the most viewed pages on the Privacy Checker web also confirm the preference of Android requests: the first five were related to instructions for this operating system. The majority of users were interested in the medium level privacy settings for Google (17%). The next three positions recorded the same figure (9%), and concerned privacy rules for Chrome and WhatsApp, as well as stricter guidelines for Google. Fifth place went to Facebook, with 7%.

Regarding the configuration of services, users were more interested in the guidelines of Google (22%), WhatsApp (14%), the privacy regulations of operating systems and Chrome (12% each). Instagram (11%) closes the top five, slightly surpassing Facebook this year in terms of number of requests: its share was 10%.

Additionally, on the Privacy Checker platform, users can choose from three different levels of security settings: strict, medium, and relaxed. This year, for all services, the majority of requests were related to mid-level instruction. The exception was the Safari browser, where users showed a higher interest in stricter privacy standards: 54% vs. 45% average.

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“Visit statistics from Privacy Checker show which aspects of privacy and online security attracted the most attention from users. This year, Instagram has surpassed Facebook and TikTok, which is surprising considering the scrutiny TikTok continues to receive from the public and the authorities. It seems that this may be related to the updates to the ‘terms of service’ made during this year, and the desire of users to ensure that their personal data is safe no matter what happens”, comments Sergey Malenkovich, director of Kaspersky social networks.

Detailed information on account privacy settings can be found on the Kaspersky Privacy Checker website. In addition, Kaspersky has also prepared a short list to help users protect their personal information on all platforms:

  • Security solutions often have a private browsing feature, which can help prevent tracking on the Internet.
  • Check the permissions of mobile apps and browser extensions. It’s best not to install browser extensions unless you really need them. Likewise, the permissions that are given must be carefully reviewed.
  • Public storage is not the best place to store private information, like passport scans or a list of passwords. A better option would be to save them in an encrypted file.
  • Update operating systems and important applications as updates become available. Many security issues can be resolved by installing updated versions of the software.
  • Avoid posting information that might reveal too much, such as your address, personal phone number, email address, and other private information. Before you post anything, consider whether there might be unintended consequences, and don’t share anything that could compromise your privacy or that of others.
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