How to protect your privacy on iOS

Our phone is constantly in our hands and we give it all about us, more than we would give to friends or family, and it knows more than you know about yourself.

The CNIL to affirm that approximately 30% of the applications use geolocation, sometimes several times per minute and all this information could allow to deduce information on the habits and lifestyles of the users (places of life, work, frequentation habits, mobility , attendance at healthcare establishments or places of worship).

Advertising tracking, location, tracking and many other sources of mass data collection allow you to establish a profile of you (Scoring Profile) which allows you to establish your consumption habits, your place of life, your activity physical, your health, your religion, your sexual orientation, your dating and so on ...

All of this information about your privacy is processed and analyzed by bots in order to use it to provide you with targeted advertising, targeted media, and also influence your political views, values, and a lot more.

To limit as much as possible all this storage of data concerning your private life, used against you to make you consume more, manipulate you or influence you, I am offering you a guide to reduce the collection of personal data on your Apple phone or tablet.

1. Lock your phone with a password longer than 4 characters

Protecting your privacy and security, it already starts by securing your phone from the smart guys who would try to search your phone. For that, locking your phone with a password with more than 4 characters is important.

  • Settings> Touch ID & Passcode> Change Passcode> Passcode Options
  • Select "Custom alphanumeric code" and change your pin code by a password of more than 4 characters

2. Clear data if more than 10 failed attempts

If your phone is stolen, you can reduce the risk of your confidential data ending up in the wrong hands by enabling the option to delete data after 10 failed unlock attempts.

  • Settings> Touch ID and Code
  • Activate the option "Clear data"

3. Hide notifications on the lock screen

Notifications often contain personal information such as messages or emails, to avoid prying eyes you can disable the display of notification content on the lock screen, you will always have notifications displayed on the screen of lock but not their contents

  • Settings> Notifications> Application name
  • Disable the "Show on screen lock" option

4. Turn off location sharing

As explained above, your location can establish a lot of things about you; so be sure to disable it whenever you no longer need it, as well as for location sharing on Find my iPhone, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and all other applications

  • Settings> Privacy> Location services> Share my location
  • Disable the "Share my location" option

5. Disable location for apps that don't need it

Likewise, some applications ask to access your location when they do not need it. All applications except GPS or weather do not need your location, so you have to turn off location access

  • Settings> Privacy> Location services
  • Disable location for apps that don't need it
  • System services> Disable unnecessary options and diagnostics and advertising

6. Disable access to sensitive data to applications that do not need it

Some apps may also want to access your calendar or photos when they don't necessarily need it. In this case, it is necessary to deactivate their access to this sensitive data.

  • Settings> Privacy> Contacts> Disable apps that don't need them
    Settings> Privacy> Calendars> Disable apps that don't need them
    Settings> Privacy> Reminders> Disable apps that don't need them
    Settings> Privacy> Photos> Disable apps that don't need them
    Settings> Privacy> Bluetooth sharing> Disable applications that do not need it
    Settings> Privacy> Micro> Disable apps that don't need them
    Settings> Privacy> Camera> Disable apps that don't need it
    Settings> Privacy> HomeKit> Disable apps that don't need it
    Settings> Privacy> Media library> Disable apps that don't need them

7. Uninstall applications you no longer use

Often you install an application because you need it only once and forget to uninstall it, but it is very important to uninstall unnecessary applications because they collect data when you are no longer using the application. It is therefore an additional confidential data leak

  • Uninstall as many unnecessary applications as possible

8. Activate limited ad tracking

This is very important to avoid having targeted advertisements, as mentioned above at the beginning. Be careful though, you will still have advertisements but they will no longer target you.

  • Settings> Privacy> Advertising> Enable "Limited ad tracking"
  • And reset your advertising ID from time to time

9. Disable Analytics

It is also very important to deactivate diagnostic and usage reports to avoid sharing your usage habits as a consumer

  • Settings> Privacy> Diagnosis and use
  • Select "Do not send"

10. Stop using Google!

Rule of thumb do not use the Google search engine and its services if you value your privacy because google is the worst when it comes to privacy and ethical values. Do not use Google Photo or Google Drive to store your photos and documents either, prefer to make backups from time to time on a hard drive that you will keep unplugged from any computer when you are not using it, and to change the engine search, instead use powerful and Google-like alternatives that respect your privacy like DuckDuckGo (A safe bet) or Qwant (A French search engine that also respects your privacy)

To set DuckDuckGo as the default search engine on safari:

  • Settings> Safari> Search engine> Select DuckDuckGo

And / Or even better, use the browser Brave for iOS:

Bouton de téléchargement dans l'App Store d'Apple

Congratulations & Conclusion

You have just taken a big step forward in improving your privacy and data on the internet and on your phone, few people realize it today because they have no digital conscience. But if each of you understands the challenges of future freedoms and starts to protect your privacy on the Internet, we can regain control of our future, but unfortunately we are still far enough away. Changes and additions are likely to be made to this guide in order to keep up with progress. Do not hesitate to subscribe to our newsletter available at the bottom of the site.

This article was inspired by the document iPhone Privacy Tips from DuckDuckGo

Matissime Written by:

15 years old, passionate about new technologies and defender of privacy rights on the internet, I try to make as many people as possible aware of the challenges of new technologies on the future in our society by explaining the problems and giving ethical solutions and has great potential!

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