How to Set Privacy and Security Options on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

By Dan Gookin

With regard to Internet security on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3, it is common advice is always to be smart and think before doing anything questionable or tempting on the web. Use common sense.

One of the most effective ways that the Bad Guys win is by using human engineering to try 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 long as you use your noggin, you should be safe.

As far as the phone’s settings go, most of its 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. Obey these steps while using the Internet app:

  1. Press the Menu button and choose the Settings command.

    The Settings screen appears.

  2. Choose the Delete Personal Data item.

  3. Place check marks by the items you want to remove.

    For example, Browsing History removes all record of the websites you’ve visited. The Cookies and Site Data item removes any personal information you may have input, and Passwords deletes any saved passwords — always a good idea on a smartphone.

  4. Touch the Done button to purge your personal information.

  5. Back at the Privacy screen, you might consider removing check marks by the options Remember Form Data and Remember Passwords.

    Touch the box by each item to remove the check mark.

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 phone’s GPS, or Global Satellite Positioning system) to help locate businesses and people near you.