7 iOS Privacy Tips and Tricks You Didn't Know Before

Haseeb Awan
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March 30, 2022
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You might wonder about iOS privacy tips and hacks to keep you safe.

Let us tell you…

In this guide, we will walk you through the 7 iOS privacy tips and tricks you can implement right away on your iPhones or iPads.

Quick Fact: As per Statista, about 47% of the total US population of mobile users use iPhones. Just imagine the importance of these iOS privacy tips.

iOS Privacy Tips and Tricks

Privacy and cybersecurity are becoming super significant to all tech users. We know you are concerned about your iOS privacy tricks, so let's not keep you waiting.

Create Encrypted Local Backups

While Apple's servers are without a doubt secure, anything put away in iCloud is fundamentally out of your hands, similar to privacy. Even though it's exchanging accommodation for genuine feelings of serenity, you might need to consider utilizing privately put-away and scrambled iTunes backups rather than iCloud Backups.

Connect to iTunes via your laptop or computer and navigate to the "Backup" section. Make sure you select the "Encrypt iPhone Backup".

Revoke 3rd Party App Permissions

Third-party apps can access and skim your data as you have unsolicitedly granted them permission to do so for their work.

Simply go to Settings> Privacy to view the types of data your iOS apps ask you to access. The list includes:

  • Location Services
  • Contacts
  • Camera
  • Microphone
  • and more

Tap each option to see the list of installed apps requested to access that data. You can approve or revoke the permission using the toggle next to each app. It is recommended to revoke the permissions if they are not essential to keep your data safe.

Uninstalling Untrustworthy Apps

Apple is a company that takes its users' security very seriously. Although iOS is super secure, some third-party iOS apps still collect personal data from you and breach iOS privacy.

Some popular apps are Facebook, Amazon, and Google. Their apps harvest data using permissions, so you can uninstall them if you are privacy freaks and don't want apps to access your data.

You can still use such apps using secure browsers or an iPad.

Built-in Password Features

You should have long, unique, and strong passwords for your device, apps, or accounts. You may require a password manager to manage these passwords, and thankfully Apple offers the "Password Reuse Auditing" feature after iOS 12 that automatically tells you if you are reusing the passwords stored in the iCloud Keychain. It also suggests strong and unique passwords.

Restrict iPhone Analytics

We stated earlier that apple protects your data, but it doesn't mean it doesn't collect or harvest your data for itself. They use this data for targeting and/or machine learning purposes.

Apple gives you the ability to disable this tracking.

Got to Settings> Privacy> Analytics & Improvements. Disable the options there to stop Apple from harvesting your data.

To stop Apple from sending you the targeted ads, go to Settings> Privacy> Apple Advertising to turn it off.

For not letting Apple use your location data to serve the first-party ads, alerts, or Siri suggestions, go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services> System Services and disable Location-Based Suggestions and the Product Improvement options.

Privacy-based iOS Apps

Browsers collect data. But there are very secure browsers you can use to browse through the internet without worrying about the data trackers. Whatever the browser is, go for DuckDuckGo as your search engine instead of the traditional Google Search.

Safari has impressive features and privacy protection. Safari also gives you a privacy report showing the websites that tried to track your data last month.

If not Safari, you can go for Firefox Focus, built from the ground up around its privacy features.

You can also ditch GMail and opt for ProtonMail for near-perfect email protection.

Telegram, Signal, and iMessage of Apple are good messaging app options.

Safer DNS and VPN

Numerous individuals most likely understand what a virtual private network (VPN) is and that it can go far toward securing their privacy when browsing the web. Few individuals will probably think about DNS, yet it is similarly significant for privacy-cognizant people.

You can use various outsider DNS choices for improved iOS privacy over the default choices. Cloudflare's DNS, for instance, doesn't keep any browsing logs and never stores any information that can be utilized to distinguish end clients.

Obviously, notwithstanding another DNS, a VPN is likewise a smart thought on the off chance you're not previously utilizing one. We suggest staying away from free alternatives for the best security.

Keeping your iPhone safe with these iOS privacy tips

These iOS privacy tips and tricks will keep you safe from unsolicited interactions with hackers and data collectors. This is such a brutal act of cybersecurity that it may make you suffer a lot with you being unaware of where and how your data was used.

Remember, prevention is better than cure.

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Haseeb Awan
CEO, Efani Secure Mobile

I founded Efani after being Sim Swapped 4 times. I am an experienced CEO with a demonstrated history of working in the crypto and cybersecurity industry. I provide Secure Mobile Service for influential people to protect them against SIM Swaps, eavesdropping, location tracking, and other mobile security threats. I've been covered in New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Hulu, Nasdaq, Netflix, Techcrunch, Coindesk, etc. Contact me at 855-55-EFANI or haseebawan@efani.com for a confidential assessment to see if we're the right fit!

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