Disable ad ID tracking on IOS and Android

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The ad identifier - aka “IDFA” on iOS, or “AAID” on Android - is the key that enables most third-party tracking on mobile devices. Disabling it will make it substantially harder for advertisers and data brokers to track and profile you, and will limit the amount of your personal information up for sale.

This post explains the history of device ad identifiers and how they have enabled persistent tracking, identification, and other privacy invasions.

But first things first. Here’s how to revoke tracker access to your ad ID right now:


Staying safe online feels like it's more challenging by the passing day, with even reputable password managers falling prey to hackers. Bad actors who cannot be bothered to develop their own utilities from scratch can even use turnkey solutions like MaaS (malware as a service) to infect devices and distribute a custom, nefarious payload. Security researchers have discovered the resurgence of one such MaaS called Nexus, designed to capture banking information from your Android device using a trojan.

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