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Five ways to increase the privacy of your iPhone that you may not know

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In celebration of Data Protection Day, Apple today unveiled new resources designed to teach users to control their information.

One of the initiatives that Apple has announced is holding sessions with Today at Apple focused on privacy. You can register online to attend one of these sessions at your nearest Apple Store.

In addition, the company has shared Five tricks to improve the privacy of your iPhone that you may not know.


You can control when and how apps can access your location. Check your iPhone to make sure you don’t share location data with anyone you don’t want to.

Go to Settings Privacy & Security Location services:

You have options to limit access, either Never, Ask next time or when sharing, When used. In addition, for each app, you can choose if it can access your exact location, with precision of meters, or if it will receive an approximate location.

Email Protection

Emails you receive from third parties may learn about your activity in Mail and use this information to infer data about you and track you for advertising purposes. Mail protection hides your IP address so the sender can’t see your Internet activity. It also hides your exact location and prevents senders from seeing if you’ve opened an email.

Go to Settings Email privacy protection

App tracking

Some apps track your activity on other companies’ apps and websites. Now you can choose if you want to allow it or not, or require them to ask you for permission.

Go to Settings Privacy & Security Tracking: You have the option to turn tracking on or off for specific apps, or turn it off completely.

security check

If you ever need to quickly stop sharing your information or review and update what you share with specific people and apps, Apple’s new Safety Checkup can help. Changes are made discreetly. People or apps you stop sharing with aren’t notified.

Go to Settings Privacy & Security → Security check

access keys

Access Keys is a new feature that gives you a way to sign in to a website or service without having to type your username and password to prove who you are.

It’s an easier and more secure login method, with a unique digital key created that only works from the site or app it was created for. Access Keys works with Touch ID or Face ID to authenticate your login.

To save an access key to your iPhone and iCloud Keychain, do one of the following:

  • For a new account: On the account registration screen, enter an account name.
  • For an existing account: Sign in with your password and go to the account management screen.

When the option to save a passcode for the account appears, tap Continue. The password will be saved.