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iOS 15: How to Hide Your IP Address From Trackers in Safari

Sunday August 29, 2021 10:17 am PDT by
In iOS 15, Apple updated its Intelligent Tracking Prevention feature in Safari to prevent trackers from accessing your IP address in order to build a profile about you. Intelligent Tracking Prevention, which Apple began implementing in 2017, is a privacy-focused feature meant to make it harder for sites to track users across the web, preventing browsing profiles and histories from being...

iOS 15: How to Create a 'Hide My Email' Private Address

Thursday August 19, 2021 12:01 pm PDT by
With iOS 15 and Hide My Email, you can create unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox whenever you want to keep your personal email address private. This is especially useful if you think that a business or website is likely to share your email address with ad agencies or other third-parties for marketing purposes. Providing them with a dummy address means you can ...

iOS 15: How to Change Where 'Hide My Email' Addresses Forward

Thursday August 19, 2021 12:00 pm PDT by
With iOS 15 and the Hide My Email feature exclusive to iCloud+ subscribers, you can create unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal inbox whenever you want to keep your personal email address private. Hide My Email addresses are really useful if you think that a business or website is likely to share your email address with ad agencies or other third-parties for...

iOS 15: How to Deactivate or Delete a 'Hide My Email' Private Address

Thursday August 19, 2021 11:59 am PDT by
In iOS 15, paid iCloud+ plans feature Hide My Email, which lets you create unique, random email addresses that forward messages to your personal inbox whenever you want to keep your personal email address private. They're really useful if you think that a business or website is likely to share your email address with ad agencies or other third-parties for marketing purposes. Providing them...

iOS 15: How to Use Hide My Email

Thursday August 19, 2021 11:41 am PDT by
With the introduction of iOS 15, Apple rebadged its paid iCloud plans to "iCloud+" to reflect the fact that subscribers now get access to additional privacy features like Private Relay and Hide My Email. This article explains what Hide My Email is and how to use it. Hide My Email builds on the idea of Sign in With Apple by providing you with unique, random email addresses that forward to...

How to Adjust iCloud Private Relay IP Address Settings

Wednesday August 18, 2021 4:33 pm PDT by
As part of iOS 15, Apple introduced iCloud Private Relay, a feature of all iCloud+ paid plans that's designed to encrypt all of the traffic leaving your device so no one can intercept it or read it. Private Relay works by sending web traffic to a server that is maintained by Apple to strip the IP address. Once the IP info has been removed, Apple sends the traffic to a second server...

iOS 15: How to Turn iCloud Private Relay On and Off

Wednesday August 18, 2021 4:28 pm PDT by
Alongside iOS 15, Apple introduced an iCloud+ service that adds new features to its paid ‌iCloud‌ plans (upgraded ‌iCloud‌ storage tiers start at $0.99). One of these features is ‌iCloud‌ Private Relay, which is designed to encrypt all of the traffic leaving your device so no one can intercept it or read it. Private Relay sends web traffic to a server that is maintained by Apple...

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ProtonMail Unifies Encrypted Mail, Calendar, VPN, and Storage Services Under New 'Proton' Brand

Wednesday May 25, 2022 4:56 am PDT by
Swiss-based encrypted email provider ProtonMail today announced a restructuring of its privacy-first services, bringing them under a new unifying brand name: Proton. Today, we are undertaking our biggest step forward in the movement for an internet that respects your privacy. The new, updated Proton offers one account, many services, and one privacy-by-default ecosystem. You can now enjoy...
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Brave Browser for iOS Gains New 'Privacy Hub' and Enhanced Fingerprinting Protections

Thursday May 19, 2022 4:09 am PDT by
Privacy-focused browser Brave has updated its iOS app with a new Privacy Hub feature that displays a summary of the trackers it has blocked for specific sites or over a given time span. Similar to Safari’s Privacy Report, the new Privacy Hub in version 1.38 of the browser is designed to educate users about trackers and other privacy threats Brave is blocking. This update also improves...
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Apple Scrapped Plans to Let Users Use Siri to Make Purchases Due to Privacy Concerns

Friday April 15, 2022 7:02 am PDT by
Three years ago, Apple explored letting users use Siri to make purchases for apps and services, similar to how users can use Amazon's Alexa to place orders online, but engineers scrapped the idea following privacy concerns, according to a new report today by The Information. The report highlights how engineers at Apple have limited access to how users use Apple's services, such as Apple TV+ ...
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watchOS 8.5 Fixes Mail Privacy Protection Loophole That Could Expose IP Addresses

Tuesday March 15, 2022 6:42 am PDT by
watchOS 8.5 fixes a security vulnerability in the Mail app that could leak a user's IP address when downloading remote content, security researchers have found. Last year, it emerged that Apple's Mail Privacy Protection feature was undermined by a lack of Apple Watch support. Mail Privacy Protection was a new feature introduced with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey that hides your IP...
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More Users Trust Amazon and Google to Handle Their Personal User Data Than Apple, Survey Suggests

Wednesday December 22, 2021 6:29 am PST by
According to a new survey, more users trust Amazon and Google to handle their personal user data and internet browsing activity than Apple, while users overwhelmingly distrust Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram. The survey conducted by The Washington Post sampled over 1,000 internet users in the U.S. about how much they trust Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, WhatsApp, YouTube, Google, Microsoft,...
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Google Photos 'Locked Folder' Feature for Pixel Phones Coming to iOS

Friday October 29, 2021 3:16 am PDT by
Google Photos users on iPhone and iPad will soon be able to lock their most sensitive images in a special passcode-protected folder, thanks to a new feature coming to the iOS app (via The Verge). Currently exclusive to Pixel phones, the privacy-oriented Locked Folder feature allows users to save photos and videos in the app within a separate space that requires a passcode or fingerprint to...
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Firefox 91 Update Strengthens Online Privacy With Enhanced Cookie Protection

Wednesday August 11, 2021 3:00 am PDT by
Mozilla has announced the public release of Firefox 91, featuring an enhanced version of its Total Cookie Protection for individual websites. When you browse the web on your devices, websites will often leave cookies on your system so that they can remember you and what your preferences are. Some cookies are genuinely useful, as they allow sites to save your personal information (such as...