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What kind of emotions would you have if someone stared at your iPhone screen all the time? Checking your emails, playing with your camera roll, reading all your messages, and checking your Internet browser history seems like hell, doesn’t it?
However, there are dozens of dubious businesses that do it behind your back without you even realizing it.
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For example, certain companies undertake to cross-reference data about your actual location, the amount of time you’ve spent in a particular location, and whether or not you’ve made a purchase at that location. All of this information is bundled together and then offered for sale to other companies.
Some of them, particularly the well-known ones, even have a profile about your preferences, your Internet activities and your latest purchases made online. How can they know what you have bought? It’s very simple: all they need to do is check their email inbox and place the receipts there. In fact, they do it over and over again.
There are several reasons why maintaining privacy is essential. Some of the repercussions stemming from the loss of the ability to maintain privacy. If the general public is allowed unrestricted access to and use of personal information, then individuals risk being injured or debilitated.
Other factors are more fundamental, and their effects extend to the core of what it means to be a human being. It is necessary to preserve personal privacy to appreciate the human individual as an end in himself and as an independent creature. When a person relinquishes control of his personal information, he risks losing some degree of control over his life and his dignity.
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Apple is the only technology brand that makes it easy for its customers to control each and every element related to their privacy, despite the fact that European regulations are among the strictest in the world in this regard. The privacy of customer information has been prioritized as a core principle by the corporation that Steve Jobs initially established.
“Apple makes money with products and services, not with the data of its consumers,” is how Tim Cook, current CEO of the company, sums up the brand’s strategy in this regard. Because of this, Bitten Apple is the only company that has been able to develop a set of tools that give its customers complete authority over the data and information associated with their products and the information they store.
Some of these features are just as critical as preventing the tracking and collection of data by any organization, regardless of whether it is inside or outside of your app. An alert screen appears on the iPhone every time we install an application on it that tries to spy on us. From this page, you have the option to ask the third-party company to refrain from engaging in any form of monitoring.
Privacy ‘nurture’ labels are another useful tool. These labels, which can be viewed in the Program Store, educate consumers about what information a particular app intends to collect and can be interpreted as warning labels.
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However, these are not the only methods available to regulate privacy. On the occasion of Privacy Day, which will be celebrated next Saturday, January 28, the company has compiled a list of various tips and tactics that can be used to control this feature of the iPhone. Do any of these:
You have control over when and how apps can access your location. Check your iPhone to make sure it’s not sending your location data to anyone you don’t want to share it with.
Go to the Settings menu, then select Privacy and security, and then select Location services.
You have the ability to limit access by selecting Never, Ask Next Time, or In Use from the available options.
2. Protect Mail on your iPhone
When you use Mail, third parties can learn about your behavior and use this information to infer data about you and track you for advertising purposes using the emails you receive from them. Your Internet activity will remain hidden from the sender because mail protection hides your IP address. Furthermore, it hides the precise area you are in and prevents senders from determining whether or not the recipient has opened an email.
Go to the Settings menu, select Mail, and then select Privacy Protection.
3. Avoid tracking apps
Some apps will monitor what you do on websites and other apps made by other companies. Now it’s up to you to decide whether or not to allow it, or insist that they get your permission beforehand.
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Go to Settings > Privacy and security > Location services. Tracking – Depending on the app, you can choose to enable or disable tracking, and you also have the option to disable tracking altogether.
4. Check your security
Apple’s new Safety Checkup feature can help you if you need to stop sharing your information quickly, as well as review and change the information you share with specific people and apps. Adjustments are made covertly. When you stop sharing with a person or app, that person or app doesn’t get a notification.
To perform a security check, go to Settings > Privacy and security > Security check.
5. Use access keys
You can now log into a website or service using something called “Access Keys”, which is a new feature that eliminates the need for you to fill in your username and password to verify your identity. A unique digital key is generated for each user, and that key can only be used to log into the specific website or mobile app for which it was designed. This makes the login process much simpler and more secure. Passcodes can be used to authenticate your login along with Touch ID or Face ID.
One of the following must be done to save an access key to your iPhone and iCloud Keychain:
On the screen that asks you to sign up for an account, you’ll need to give your new account a name.
— If you already have an account, you will need to log in with your password and navigate to the screen where you can manage your account.
Touch the Continue button when presented with the opportunity to save a passcode for the account.
The password will be stored for future use.
6. Check your privacy settings
There is a dedicated section in Settings that allows you to view the information and permissions you have granted to the apps that are installed on your mobile device. In the list are items like your contacts and calendar, as well as your location, camera, and microphone. It’s a quick and easy task that can help protect the privacy of your personal information.
Navigate to Settings, then click on Privacy. After that, you should be presented with a list of capabilities and data stored on your phone that apps need to query for permission to access.
7. Use private web browsing in Safari
As you browse the web, certain websites give hundreds of data collection companies permission to track your activity, create a profile of you, and serve you advertisements. The Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature found in Safari leverages the machine learning capabilities of the device itself to help stop these trackers. Also, by going to your Privacy Report in the Safari toolbar, you’ll be able to see an overview of all the cross-site trackers Safari is blocking.
Go to Settings, then select Safari and turn on “No cross-site tracking.”
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