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Droid Bionic: Set Privacy and Security Options

Some security settings are built in to the Droid Bionic. But with security on the web, you should always be smart and think before doing anything questionable or tempting. Use common sense.

One of the most effective ways that the Bad Guys win is by using human engineering to trick you into doing something you normally wouldn’t do, such as click a link to see a cute animation or a racy picture of a celebrity or politician.

As far as the phone’s settings go, most of the security options are already enabled for you, including the blocking of pop-up windows (which normally spew ads).

If web page cookies concern you, you can clear them from the Settings window:

  1. Press the Menu soft button.

  2. Choose More and then Settings.

  3. Choose the option Clear All Cookie Data.

  4. Touch the OK button to confirm.

You can also choose the command Clear Form Data to remove any memorized information you may have typed on a web page.

Remove the check mark from Remember Form Data. These two settings prevent any characters you’ve input into a text field from being summoned automatically by someone who may steal your phone.

You might be concerned about various warnings regarding location data. What they mean is that the phone can take advantage of your location on Planet Earth (using the Droid Bionic GPS, or global satellite positioning system) to help locate businesses and people near you.

This does not pose a security problem, but if you want to turn this feature off, you can disable location services from the Browser’s Settings screen: Remove the check mark by Enable Location. You can also choose the item Clear Location Access to wipe out any information saved in the phone and used by certain web pages.

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