How To: GPS and Mobile Phone Privacy

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GPS stands for Global Positioning System. Mobile phone GPS tracking can prove useful in many walks of life and especially when an emergency arises. For these reasons, the FCC has instructed that wireless network providers provide the mobile phone GPS tracking location information for 911 calls which have been made by callers.

However, because a GPS phone is registering the day to day movements of an individual, this has given rise to concerns around who can access such private information. These days mobile phone GPS tracking technology is easily accessible to virtually anybody to spy on and trace the location of any mobile phone user.

What is Mobile Phone GPS Tracking?

Your mobile phone constantly emits what is known as a roaming signal, which is a signal sent out by the phone that is used to determine which nearby antenna tower to connect to for optimum use. As you move, the mobile phone tower to which you are connected changes, switching to whichever one is able to provide the strongest signal (usually the tower located nearest to your location). In this way it is possible to determine your approximate location as long as the phone is kept upon your person.

GPS enabled mobile telephones can be tracked via the Global Positioning Satellites network with ever increasing accuracy, meaning that you can be located at all times.

How You Can Stop Mobile Phone GPS Tracking

There is only one, albeit inconvenient, way to avoid being traced via your mobile phone, or to fool those who might follow you into believing that you are in one place, while you are in reality elsewhere. You can make use of the call-forwarding functionality now made available to you by virtually all mobile phone networks. Purchase a second mobile phone and configure your original mobile phone to divert or forward all incoming calls to your new phone. Then place the original phone in a safe location elsewhere. By doing this, the secret of your location remains safely yours.

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Jared Howe

Jared Howe is PRIVATE WiFi’s Senior Manager, Product Marketing Communications. Working in high tech for over 15 years, Jared currently lives in Seattle with his wife, daughter, and their two cats.