Amarillo, TX - Your iPhone gathers and stores a lot more location data as you go about your daily routine than you're likely aware of.
Buried deep in your iPhone's privacy settings is a setting called "frequent locations." If it is turned on, your iPhone tracks and then stores data about the locations you visit.
If your daily trips include your work, your child's school and eventually your home, it is probably all being recorded.
Under the "frequent locations" setting, you can see places you visit, how many you times you have visited them and what time you are there. It even self-labels your most frequent location as "home."
If your phone is stolen or hacked, it's a record you don't want a stranger to be able to see. "The biggest thing is nefarious guys who gather this information know when you're home and when you are at work," said Andrew Brandt, the owner of All Star Computer Service. "They can either steal information or physical stuff from you, knowing when you are at those specific locations and when you are not."
To stop the location tracking, follow these steps:
1.) Go to you iPhone's settings
2.) Click "privacy"
3.) Click "location services"
4.) Click "system services" (It's at the very bottom)
5.) Click "frequent locations", clear the location history and then turn it off
On Apple's website the company said, "This data is kept solely on your device and won't be sent to Apple without your consent. It will be used to provide you with personalized services, such as predictive traffic routing."
For more information about how Apple uses location services, click here.