Protect your privacy online with these simple steps

Users of Apple's iOS and Google's Android software can now restrict third-party apps from accessing sensitive data collected by their mobile devices.
Users of Apple's iOS and Google's Android software can now restrict third-party apps from accessing sensitive data collected by their mobile devices.PHOTO: ISTOCKPHOTO

Apple and Google have doubled down on privacy and security with a slew of new features in the latest version of their mobile operating systems.

With these updates, users of Apple's iOS and Google's Android software - which together are found in almost all of the smartphones in the market - can now restrict third-party apps from accessing sensitive data collected by their mobile devices.

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