Apple improves iPhone security more than it was before. Apple updated its privacy page recently. This comes at a time when everyone is worried about their private information being hacked.
Just recently, Facebook had allowed hackers to access and steal information of over 30 million accounts. Even Google and its Android phones are not completely secure against persistent hackers. Here are five things Apple has changed to improve your privacy and keep you secure as you use its devices. Kudos to Apple!
1 – Everything is gibberish to hackers
If you use Face ID or a passcode to unlock your iPhone, then everything behind that lock screen is encrypted by Apple. This means that if hackers try to access your information, everything they see looks like gibberish. It is indecipherable. The only way to decrypt this information is to use the correct digital key (your passcode).
To protect your data even further, there is no backdoor. Apple has resisted government efforts to undermine user privacy by creating a loophole. This allows the police, for example, to access a device that requires a passcode.
Apple argues that if a loophole is created for governments and law enforcement agencies, then hackers will be able to access it, too. That’s bad news for you and the millions of iPhone users around the world.
2 – Safari is made more secure
Would-be snoopers and hackers – Safari is now off-limits. Safari now blocks cookies, advertisements, pop-ups, and trackers from following your browsing activities. While mobile web browsers like Mozilla Firefox exist to help you block cookies and trackers, you have to set these up manually. Safari does this by default.
A feature called Intelligent Tracking Prevention doubles down by disguising your online identity. Advertisers do not and will not know who you are. Goodbye, annoying targeted ads.
What if harmful code leaks from the Safari browser and infects the entire iPhone? That is no longer possible; the browser is designed to contain harmful code to a single browser tab. It won’t escape and infect the rest of your device.
3 – Apple Maps blocks tracking of your movement
Apple Maps has seen improvements in security, too. Now, it makes tracking your movements nearly impossible. Because you don’t have the sign into Maps, your flight information, appointment and meeting times are kept on your device, and not sent to Apple servers.
Whenever you make a journey using Apple Maps, the information is split up and each piece is given a unique and random identifier. What does this mean? Hackers and snoopers can’t find out where you have been or where you are. There is no logged location history for them to take advantage of.
4 – Siri hides your searches
All voice-activated assistants need to gather some of your data and communicate it via the Internet. Apple goes a step further to protect your data.
Your Siri searches are encrypted when they are sent to Apple servers. These searches are given unique, random identifiers and are not connected to your Apple ID. This means no one can find what you have been searching for.
5 – Harmful, shady apps are removed
Anyone who violates these rules will go through a review process and risks being banned. You also have greater control over app permissions.