Never Lose Your Kid Again With A Secure Jiobit Location Tracker

This modular location tracker from Jiobit is small and lightweight, making it easier for children to carry around.

Parents with toddlers know this too well. You turn around for one second and the next moment, your kid has run off somewhere. Jiobit’s co-founder and CEO John Renaldi shares his first-hand experience with TechCrunch.

The former VP of Motorola was at Maggie Daley park on a family trip when the incident happened. “Before I knew it – I can’t tell you how I got distracted – but in a sea of other children, I lost track of my son for 30 minutes,” he says.

Most of the location trackers in the market were big, bulky and not secure.

“I looked into all these products and they were all storing their certificate keys in the clear. They all were hackable,” he said.

So he built one for himself. To date, the device has raised $6 million since its founding in 2015.

The Jiobit tracker is small, measuring at only 37mm x 50mm. It is also very lightweight, lighter than 4 quarter coins. They didn’t go for a watch design because it can get bulky and some schools banned them as classroom distractions.

It comes with a built-in loop attachment for attaching the device to shoelaces, drawstrings or if carried in pockets. The secure loop, another attachment, allows you to attach it to belt loops, bag handles, buttonholes etc. This is a good option if parents do not want the child to remove it as it is a bit tricky to use.

Security

“Everything stored at rest – both on the cloud and on device – is encrypted,” he explains. The company uses a tamper-proof piece of silicon on the device. It is similar to what’s used on iPhones for storing credit card payment keys.

That’s a first in the industry for location tracking products,” Renaldi adds. 

For more information, head to to Jiobit’s website here.

Google Might Be Tracking Every Move Made By Android Users

If you’re an Android user, Google might be tracking your move

Going for a jog? Shopping? Or maybe walking in a park. Google might probably know your every move!

If you’re using a smartphone, you probably store every bit of data in it. It’s like a home in your pocket. Or your mobile wallet, your notebook for every notes that might be important to you and your photo album for some of the best memories you might want to store. Also, you save very important, personal information in it like your email, texts, or use it on any kind of banking transactions.

But it seems that Android users are lacking privacy due to its Google Location History feature.

It’s actually not even a secret that Google runs the world these days, but Android phones have one key feature that might alarm you if you’re not well aware of it. This feature is called the Location History, where it stores Android users’ data in the background, tracking every move you make, and then tags your location on your Google photos. It also gives you route suggestions as you’re traveling. It’s very helpful but somehow, you might want to be able to control over it, right?

According to Quartz, Android’s OS enables GPS tracking that transmits your current location data back to Google. The amazing part here is that, Google can then send you ads specifically to the store where you are at the moment. And also, courts could also theoretically request your location.

The thing is, this feature is not automatically turned on when you get your phone. But Quartz said that it’s “subtly baked into setup for apps like Google Maps, Photos, the Google Assistant and the primary Google app,” which almost all Android owners use.

A Google spokesperson told Quartz in an email, “Location History is entirely opt-in, and you can always edit, delete, or turn it off at any time.”

In case you want to review the info Google has collected, just visit “Your Timeline” in Google Maps on your smartphone.

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