Tips on configuring the best privacy settings on iOS 8


Apple can be considered pretty secure when it comes to the privacy of your data. In a recent statement, Apple had made it very clear that the data on the devices as well as on the cloud is encrypted to a level that even Apple can not get access to it without your passcode.

This is what Apple stated recently

Even if the FBI demands Apple to turn over your personal data, the company claims it is unable to do so. “Apple doesn’t scan your communications, and we wouldn’t be able to comply with a wiretap order even if we wanted to,” says Apple.

3 things about Apple and privacy

  • iMessages and Facetime data is encrypted and stored onto the devices. Apple does store the data temporarily for a while when the data is transit, but it gets deleted from Apple servers within a few moments after it is delivered to the destination device.
  • Unlike Google, Apple does not share any information with the advertisers.
  • Most of the data is stored on the Apple servers, however, there are a few things which are stored on the third part servers. That data is encrypted and the decryption code is stored into the Apple servers, to make sure the highest level of security.

What data Apple Encrypts in the iCloud

The following data is encrypted in the iCloud. According to Apple, it has the decryption key for the data and hence the data stored is very much secure.

  • Encrypted iCloud data
  • Photos
  • Documents in the Cloud
  • Calendars
  • Contacts
  • iCloud Keychain
  • Backup
  • Bookmarks
  • Reminders
  • Find My iPhone
  • Find My Friends
  • Mail and Notes (encrypted in transit)

The only way to decrypt this data is to provide the Apple ID and passcode. So make sure that your Apple ID and passcode is not simple and could not be guessed by anyone around you.

How to keep your iCloud and personal data secure

Apple has always boasted of having the best security for their servers where the data of the users is stored. However, recently there was a hack where the private pictures of a lot of celebrities were shared publicly. According to Apple, there were high chances that the hack was done by guessing the user name and password of that celebrity’s’ account.

To make sure that something like this doesn’t happen with you, always select a safe and secure password for your account and along with that, it would be really great if you activate two-step authorization for your account, in that case, even if someone knows your password, Apple will send a code to your device before that person is able to get access to your account details.

Best Privacy settings to change on iOS 8

  • Turn off user diagnostic data. Navigate to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics and Usage and tap Don’t Send.
  • Turn off Geo location for the pictures, to make it a little more secure. Navigate to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Camera and Never.
  • Turn off location-based ads. Navigate to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services and set Location-Based iAds to Off.
  • Limit the ad tracking by activating it from Settings > Privacy > Advertising and set Limit Ad Tracking to On. This means you will be on a new ID from now on and advertisers will not be able to track the information.
  • Turn on Do Not Track option. This is a third-party option in Safari which lets the third-party websites track your location to make sure that the web experience becomes better. Navigate to Settings > Safari and turn Do not track option to on.
  • A better alternative to the search engine giant is Duck DuckGo. This search engine is designed to keep you safe from the online scamming and this does not track your behavior and location data.

So these were some of the tips which will keep you more safe and private. Let me know if you have any issues. Stay tuned for more iOS and Apple related updates.

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