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Can Anyone Really Track My Phone’s Precise Location?

By learninmypc · 15 replies
Jan 18, 2019
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  1. It’s the year 2019, and everyone willingly carries a tracking device in their pockets. People can have their precise locations tracked in real time by the government, advertising companies, and even rogue bounty hunters. It sounds like dystopian fiction—but it’s a reality.

    We like debunking sensationalist stories, but this latest controversy is true. Your phone’s precise location can be tracked in several different ways.FULL ARTICLE
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,886   +1,530

    I have a senior citizen which I track in this manner -- notice -- with his consent.

    So it's not some black-opts, nefarious activity (with the Find my Friends app).
     
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  3. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,822   +589

    Thanks for chiming in. I saw this on my local news a few days ago & don't remember if it was at & t or t-mobile or ?? that was guilty of it. If I locate the story, I will post it.
     
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,822   +589

  5. GaryMove

    GaryMove TS Enthusiast Posts: 169   +11

    I am sure once you put SIM card in your phone they can easily find your exact location.
     
  6. DLBU1

    DLBU1 TS Rookie

    Exactly. By your sim
     
  7. GaryMove

    GaryMove TS Enthusiast Posts: 169   +11

    Your mobile operator can trace your location easily, your sim card has an option to provide them your location.
     
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,822   +589

    Ok, if no sim card
     
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,886   +1,530

    then the device is not online and can not place calls
     
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  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,822   +589

    Now I'm confused, I have an android, no sim card yet I can do my email & watch my local news on it via their app.
     
  11. lexster

    lexster TS Maniac Posts: 466   +233

    Quote; Can Anyone Really Track My Phone’s Precise Location?

    The short answer is yes. Even if you disable GPS, your phone will still connect to a carrier tower which will then tell your phone to select the tower with the strongest signal strength, which most of the time will be the closest. Unless you live in a very small town that might have only one tower, using the right tools locking a persons location down to a few meters is a trivial effort. So if you don't use a SIM card, tracking is still possible, but much more difficult.

    If you want to use your phone without a SIM card as a mini-tablet, use WIFI, but even that can be used to track someone's location to a point.
     
  12. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,822   +589

    Understood, no sim card, no calls but is online.
     
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  13. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Evangelist Posts: 1,068   +187

    Don't forget your phone has its own dedicated ip address provided by the carriers.
    If you are connecting through your own home network router it will be given a ip address from it and your isp provider instead.

    There is no real way to not be tracked directly, gps enabled or not.
     
  14. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 12,886   +1,530

    Not with WiFi disabled. Cell tower access is via IMEI number, not an IP address -- and yes, IMEI can be tracked, aka Find My Phone.
     
  15. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Topic Starter Posts: 8,822   +589

    Big Brother is watching :)
     
  16. Rishabh Bansal

    Rishabh Bansal TS Rookie

    No Doubt that one can track your precise phone location by the sim card or the IP and MAC Address in the android phone or by Google Find My Location if your google account is logged in in the phone.
     

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