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Privacy in iOS 14: Nine Main Features

The new version of the iOS 14 comes with a lot of improvements. The developers paid attention to privacy issue of this product as well. They are designed to provide additional security when working with applications. Over the years, Apple has built a reputation for long data protection of the users, and now privacy in iOS 14 takes this even further.

Do you know the relevant methods of data protection? We’ve prepared a fully-fledged guide on this topic. Read the article What is Personal Information and stay safe!

A little about Apple

Apple has always paid great attention to security. Therefore, all prohibitions and restrictions were taken for granted by users of branded equipment. Can’t download software from the App Store? This is a precautionary measure. You can’t pay for purchases using third-party services? It’s for our own good. 

But now, Apple had to abandon several restrictions and, at the same time, increase the level of protection. In iOS 14, Apple significantly updated its privacy settings: it has become more difficult for apps to track online activity, and users have more data available for analysis.

Privacy in iOS 14: What’s the news?

1. Approximate location

Previously, when granting temporary or permanent access to a location, the app received the user’s exact address. In iOS 14, you can choose a particular location within a specific area.

This is important for some applications, such as weather or local news, and the user’s exact location is not required. This way, the new feature helps you keep your movements private.

To start using the feature, you need to open the “Privacy” tab in the “Settings” and select “Location.” Then click on the desired app and disable “Exact location.”

2. Camera and microphone indicators

Camera and microphone indicators in iOS 14

Now, when the app accesses the camera and microphone, a color indicator is displayed at the top of the screen.

They have added this feature of apple wifi camera since many users worry that the app gets access to the camera or microphone without notifying them. Indicators now warn you about using these tools.

An orange indicator lights up in the upper left corner of the screen if the app is currently accessing the microphone, and a green indicator appears if the camera is turned on.

3. Restricting access to photos in the library

Users can now grant apps access only to certain photos in the library. This feature allows users to store personal photos on their iPhone without fear for their privacy. Previously, apps received access to your complete library, which was not safe at all.

However, when the app requests permission to access the photo library in iOS 14, you need to click “Select photos” in the pop-up window and select the desired images. All other images will be closed to the app.

Also, you can get information about accessed microphone and camera to your device. For this, you should choose the “Control Center” function and a specified notification will be at the top.

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4. Safari privacy setting

Safari privacy report in iOS 14

In Safari, you can see which sites track user activity on the network. This approach ensures digital privacy.

To use this feature, click the “Aa” button in the “Safari address” bar. Then go to the “Privacy report” tab in the menu that appears and all site trackers will be displayed on the screen.

5. Password monitoring in Safari

In the new iOS 14, Safari will track the passwords used and warn you about their hacking. This feature was added to protect passwords, which are often a weak link in digital security. Many users still use two or three identical passwords for all accounts and don’t even check if their password was hacked when data was leaked. In iOS 14, Safari acts as a Password Keeper.

Now, warnings from Safari come automatically. You can also go to “Settings” and see the “Security Recommendations” fields in the “Passwords” section, where any warnings about password hacking will be displayed along with links to instructions on how to change it.

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6. Privacy tags for apps

Privacy tags for apps in iOS 14

The App Store now displays privacy information for each app, telling you how it uses data. Apps collect various types of data, and some users don’t even know about it. The new app tags display information about what data apps will collect and how they use it in a transparent, easy-to-read format. Users should choose a specific add for downloading more consciously.

To activate this feature, click on a particular app in the store to see its description. Scroll down to the “App Privacy” section to find the new tags. 

*Note: This feature may appear later.

7. Sign in with an Apple account

Sign in with an Apple account in iOS 14

You can now use the more private and universal “Sign in with Apple” method to securely login to apps instead of using additional Facebook, Google, etc.

Apple login, introduced in iOS 14, hides personal information (even an email address if desired) from apps and sites, including Facebook and Google.

For this, you need some time for all your favorite sites and apps to choose the feature “Sign in with Apple,” but the company is providing full support and an API for websites to make the transition.

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8. Discourage Wi-Fi tracking

Now iOS 14 has a feature that prohibit to track your Apple device on Wi-Fi networks.

For this, you need to enable the function of using a private address. You can find it by opening Wi-Fi settings, and then select the blue button to the right of the network. 

Every time your device connects to the network, it will receive a special address that blocks surveillance.

9. Secure Face ID and Touch ID logins

In iOS 14, the developers have laid the foundation for supporting Face ID and Touch ID logins for entering into websites. This method allows users to log in to Safari websites using biometric data. So, the security system has been improved, which skips the use of passwords.

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