Apple adds 'Privacy' collection to iOS Tips app

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in iOS edited January 15
Apple this week expanded the first-party iOS Tips app to include a section covering hardware, software, and account privacy.

Privacy Tips


The new Privacy collection consists of nine tips covering Sign in with Apple, Safari passwords, system-wide password security, camera and mic usage indicators, Messages previews, location, Photos, Private Browsing in Safari, and Safari's Privacy Report feature.

Starting with Safari, Apple notes the web browser can create and remember passwords for specific websites. Users can elect to rely on iPhone's Strong Password generation or type in their own for later recall.

On the same topic, Apple includes a Security Recommendations tool in Settings that alerts users to weak or compromised passwords. The feature is applicable to passwords stored in iCloud Keychain. A Privacy Report is also available to review which trackers Safari is actively blocking.

Private Browsing in Safari can be enabled by tapping on the Private Browsing tab, which allows users to surf the web without leaving tracks on their device. When a Private Browsing tab is closed, the browser deletes its browsing and search history.

Moving on to more recent additions to iOS, Sign in with Apple was introduced last year as a safe and secure log-in option for participating websites and apps. Users can use an Apple ID to create accounts without manually forging a password, and are able to mask their email address from third-party services.

Hardware level privacy tips include an explainer on the green or orange indicator dots that appear at the top of an iOS device's screen when its camera or microphone are being accessed. Apple reminds users that they can see which app is tapping into the phone's audio or visual feed by swiping down from the top right of the display.

The latest versions of iOS also give users more control over location preferences. For example, apps can be denied access to a handset's precise location by toggling the option off in Location Services.

Finally, Apple notes users can hide Messages previews that appear on the lock screen through an option in Notification settings. Similarly, pictures can be selected and hidden from public view in the Photos app.

Apple introduced the Tips app in iOS 8 and has continuously updated the title to highlight new features with each subsequent operating system release.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 6
    mcdavemcdave Posts: 1,778member
    I find this ironic when the App Store is plagued with Apps which do not use Password Autofill, Keychain, Touch/FaceID or other 1st-party security & privacy features.

    These Apps should be marked with a security/usability warning or just banned as many iOS Apps are becoming unusable.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 6
    Tip 1: Delete facebook
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    To keep your Photos private just go to your Settings > Privacy >  Photos and you will see which apps have requested access. Restrict to your heart’s content. 

    The same applies to Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and many other apps. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 6
    DangDave said:
    To keep your Photos private just go to your Settings > Privacy >  Photos and you will see which apps have requested access. Restrict to your heart’s content. 

    The same applies to Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and many other apps. 
    That may help without the use of iCloud at the desktop and iOS device level (do apps like iMovie benefit from access in use?) yet if Photos is synced via iCloud is tagging data uploaded to Apple servers ?  Would a simple 'off' for tagging be more effective and wholistic for privacy, as well as more efficient for system resources and storage ?

    Beyond that would perhaps a localized option for sync via Apple Server make any sense, using a 'distributed' cloud model not unlike internet connections vs a centralized 'concentration of digital wealth' target for non-apple interests, or perhaps Apple in ways ?  Owncloud.org comes to mind as one conceptual possibility.
    edited January 16
  • Reply 6 of 6
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 1,758member
    I'm not gonna lie. I deleted Tips so long ago I had forgotten it was a thing.
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