Your online identity, social and other accounts should be treated with care. This means regularly checking settings, post history, ad tracking options, etc. Not only do social networks often add settings, but sometimes modify existing ones. But this is where an app called Jumbo Privacy can help.
The concept of Jumbo is pretty straightforward – it scans your online accounts and makes recommendations based on security and privacy on how to make your accounts and identity more secure. It looks for things like two-factor authentication and ad tracking settings and can help you configure those things if they aren’t already. It can also automatically archive old messages on many social networks.
These scans occur regularly and automatically, and every option you have enabled will be checked and / or executed. For example, if you tell the app to delete your Facebook searches or archive old messages on Facebook Messenger, these things will automatically happen without any interaction required. I personally use it to archive and delete six month old Tweets, which Jumbo does every night.
Jumbo Privacy covers a host of services including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Messenger, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn, Amazon, and Alexa. It can also scan the web for data breaches, as well as block built-in and online trackers. The different networks and options are separated by different paid levels: Plus and Pro. The Plus plan covers most networks and data breach analysis. The Pro plan adds dark web analytics for credit card numbers, your social security number, LinkedIn coverage, and in-app / online tracker blocking.
Jumbo uses a unique ‘pay what you think is fair’ method for these pricing tiers, with the Plus plan ranging from $ 3.99 to $ 8.99 per month, and the Pro plan ranging from $ 9.99 to $ 15. , $ 99 per month. There is also a free trial so you can see what it really is before you sign up.
Granular settings, but they can be difficult to understand at first
If I told you that the app is super intuitive, I would be lying. It’s not. The setup process is guided and adding accounts is pretty straightforward, but once you get past it it gets a bit murky. Pressing an entry gives a few options: Scan Now, Settings, Disconnect, and Cancel.
Now you might think “Settings” is where you need to change, uh, the settings for that specific service. But it’s not. This is where you choose whether or not to archive posts. The actual settings can be found under the “Scan now” button. It’s weird and easy to forget if you don’t use the app very often, which kind of is the idea.
But once you’ve figured out which button does what, it’s not that bad. Under the Scan Now options, you can see everything the app is capable of. On Facebook, for example, you can automatically delete searches, block advertisers, archive posts, set up two-factor authentication, block ad tracking, and hide your relationship status. Not all social media options will have the same settings, but it does give you an idea of what you can do with Jumbo.
The Archive option might actually be my favorite thing about Jumbo, however. Basically Jumbo has its own cloud storage for paid users, so when you use it to automatically delete posts from your various accounts, it backs them up to your Jumbo Vault. This is a great way to keep your old posts for later reflection without leaving them for everyone to have. I appreciate this, although I wish there was an option to use a third-party cloud storage provider, like Google Drive. I prefer to keep my backed up social data in the same place as other backed up data.
Initially, it didn’t offer the granular controls I really wanted – you could only delete tweets from the past three months, for example – but has since grown in a very significant way. Now you can choose the period you want to archive, whether it is years, months or days. So if you want to clean up your Twitter or Instagram feeds every week, you can.
Speaking of Vault, it also has its own authenticator, namely Authy or Microsoft Authenticator, built in. If you use Jumbo to set up two-factor authentication on one of your online accounts, it may use its own authenticator. all in one place. It’s a great option for anyone who hasn’t already invested in another authenticator app and looking to boost their security online.
To make sure all your data in Jumbo is safe, you can configure the app to lock with biometrics, so Face ID or fingerprint scanning depending on whether you are using an iPhone or Android. , which I recommend that you activate. After all, what’s the point in trying to protect your data if you don’t protect the application that protects your data? Or something.
I have been using Jumbo for several months and have found it extremely valuable. The settings that I used to monitor manually are now automated, which is not only one less thing I have to remember, but it also gives me the peace of mind that I am protected. I think it’s worth a few dollars a month, isn’t it?