Your online identity, social accounts and the like should be treated with care. That means you regularly check settings, message history, ad tracking options, and more. Social networks not only often add settings, but sometimes also change existing ones. But that̵
Jumbo’s concept is quite simple: it scans your online accounts and makes security and privacy-based recommendations to make your accounts and identity more secure. It looks for things like two-factor authentication and ad tracking settings and can help you set those things up if they aren’t already. It can also automatically archive old messages on many social networks.
These scans happen regularly and automatically, and every option you have enabled is 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 happen automatically without requiring any interaction. I personally use it to archive and delete six month old Tweets, which Jumbo does every night.
Jumbo Privacy covers a whole host of services, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Messenger, Google, YouTube, LinkedIn, Amazon and Alexa. It can also scan the internet for data breaches, block in-app and online trackers. The different networks and options are separated by different paid tiers: Plus and Pro. The Plus plan covers most data breach networks and scans. The Pro plan adds dark web scanning 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 from $ 9.99 to $ 15 , 99 per month. There’s also a free trial so you can see what it’s really about before subscribing.
Detailed settings, but they can be difficult to understand at first
If I told you the app is super intuitive I would be lying. It is not. The installation process is guided and adding accounts is pretty easy, but once you get past it, it gets a little shady. Tapping on an item will give you a number of options: Scan now, Settings, Disconnect, and Cancel.
Now you might think you would change “Settings”, er, settings for that particular service. But that’s not it. Here you choose whether or not you want to archive messages. The actual settings are under the “Scan Now” button. It’s weird and easy to forget if you don’t use the app very often, which is basically the idea – you should be able to set it up and forget it.
But once you know which button does what, it’s not too bad. Under the Scan Now options, you can see everything the app is capable of. For example, on Facebook you can automatically delete searches, block advertisers, archive messages, set up two-factor authentication, block ad tracking and hide your relationship status. Not all social network options have the same settings, but that will give you an idea of what you can do with Jumbo.
The Archive option is arguably my favorite thing about Jumbo. In fact, Jumbo has its own cloud storage for paying users, so when you use it to automatically delete messages from your various accounts, it will be backed up in your Jumbo Vault. This is a great way to save your old messages for later use without leaving them behind everybody see. I dig that, although I wish there was an option to use a third-party cloud storage provider, such as Google Drive. I prefer to keep my backed up social data in the same place where I keep other backup data.
Initially, it didn’t offer the detailed controls I really wanted – you could only delete tweets from the past three months, for example – but has since expanded in really meaningful ways. Now you can choose the time frame you want to archive, be it years, months or days. So if you want to clean your Twitter or Instagram feeds on a weekly basis, you can.
Speaking of the vault, it also has its own authenticator – a la Authy or Microsoft Authenticator – built in. If you use Jumbo to set up two-factor authentication on one of your online accounts, it can use its own authenticator so you have everything in one place. This is an excellent option for anyone who hasn’t invested in another authenticator app yet and wants to improve their online security.
To make sure all your data is safe within Jumbo, you can set the app to be locked with biometrics – so Face ID or fingerprint scanning, depending on whether you’re using an iPhone or Android – which I would recommend to turn on. After all, what’s the point of trying to protect your data if you don’t protect the app that protects your data. Or something.
I’ve been using Jumbo for the past few months and have found it incredibly valuable. Settings that I used to manually check are now automated, which not only gives me one less thing to remember but also gives me peace of mind that I am protected. I think that’s worth a few bucks a month, don’t you?