If you have ever had your privacy breached in any way or form, you sure do know that it made you feel vulnerable, targeted and basically naked.
Having your privacy is a right that is valued by everyone, more so in these times where computers and mobile devices have taken over communication making it easy for one’s personal information to be found. We should endeavor to protect ourselves from having our identities, information, and data from being stolen or meddled with.
The following are 10 measures one can take to protect their privacy on iOS:
Limit or Disable Location Services
Information on your device that tells your location is the number one way one’s privacy gets taken away from them. Advantageous as it may be, one needs to be careful to give too many apps or services access to their location or how it is being used. You can always configure your location settings to only allow the apps or services that you want to know your location, if not, you can simply disable it.
Configure the Settings for Safari
When using Safari, it may be easy for someone to have a peek of your information. This is because information is tracked automatically and the websites opened might give away your information. Settings like private browsing and other settings that can be configured are offered by Safari to enhance privacy.
Use Touch ID
This tool is the best thing on iPhone which allows you access to your phone by using your fingerprint. It is very easy, fast and secure. It also allows you to access your App Store and specific applications that require maximum security like PayPal. For one, your fingerprint is not accessible in any way as it is stored in a “Secure Enclave”. Secondly, it is not stored as an image but in a mathematical form. One should use Touch ID for everything they do.
Limit or Disable ad Tracking
Driven by market growth, some apps used on iPhones support ads. Apple uses ad tracking which gives access to iAds which bring up advertisements that are configured to your interests after accessing your information. What one can do is to limit or disable iAds ability to track your information to stop those ads from popping up.
Set Your Auto Lock
Setting your auto lock will always dim your iPhone or iPad when not in use or when the battery is low. It prevents any snoopy person from going into your device when unlocked and accessing all your private information which includes messages, social media and pictures to name a few.
A Virtual Private Network (VPN) can be used especially if one accesses public networks. How it works is by tunneling your internet information to a remote server which cuts off anyone who tries to access your information. VPN providers like betternet and TunnelBear can be used or one can opt to pay for such services or make their own VPN at home.
Decrease Diagnostic Data Sending
Every time you come across a problem, you are prompted to send information which tells Apple that a certain program has a problem. Doing so also allows Apple to access your information which in hindsight they use to improve their product. To be safe, it is advisable to disable that feature.
Disable iCloud Photo Diary and My Photo Stream
I do not know about you but there is just some unease in having all my photos, videos and information out in some cloud that can be accessed by some malicious person with bad intentions if they really wanted to. If you do not want your pictures accessed, you should disable the iCloud and Photo Stream features which keep your fond memories of the internet.
Hide Notifications from Lock Screen
Simply put, whenever a message or any type of notification pops up, it can be seen on your screen. This makes it easy for a snoopy person to see what the messages are all about. One can stop that from happening by disabling the Show Previews option.
All in all, you should strive to protect yourself and your loved ones from malicious people out there. Take advantage of all the features provided by Apple to protect yourself as your privacy and security depend on your proactivity to do so.