Apple first introduced the ability to hide your email address in 2019, with a feature called Sign In with Apple.
This feature has been enhanced as part of iOS/iPadOS 15, making it a bit more more usable that under previous versions of iOS.
It allows you to use a randomly generated email address when you register for a website account, or when you want to send an anonymous email - where that random email address is linked to, and will forward to, your existing iCloud email address.
I often see iPhones and iPads that show the content of Messages and emails even when the device's screen is locked. It is a feature called Show Previews.
For me, this is a privacy concern - because your phone may be in the hands of someone who should not see the message that appears.
In my own case, I disabled Show Preview when my kids were younger - because, like most kids, they would check out the message that appeared on my phone, especially when I was driving and could not check it myself.
Here's where to find this Setting.
15/1/2021 0 Comments
Those of you who follow this blog will know that I recently wrote an article about how your Apple mobile device can track your location and allow you to see the places that you have been to recently - a feature called Significant Locations. (Here is that article for those who missed it.)
A new feature of the Privacy area of Settings, introduced in iOS/iPadOS 14, is the ability to only grant approximate location permission to apps, so that they can't store your precise location.
This one is particularly relevant to parents whose children use Apple mobile devices. It allows them to ensure that their child does not inadvertently give out location information to someone they shouldn't.
Learn where to find this setting and how to ensure it can't be changed.
5/1/2021 0 Comments
At a time when we are seeing so many 'potential COVID exposure' locations in Melbourne and Sydney, it can be difficult to remember precise dates and times of when you may have been at one of these locations, and whether you may therefore need to be tested and isolate.
For many shopping centres, shops and supermarkets you may not have checked in using a QR code, so will not appear on any register that contact tracers use from that site. So then it up to you to recap where you have been and when.
The amount of shops, restaurants and cafes many of us have visited over the Christmas and New Year period makes remembering our movements even more difficult. I know that at this time of year, I can even forget what day of week it is, so tracing my movements is very tricky!
One of the new exposure locations on Victoria's DHHS list today stood out as a place that I did visit in the time between Christmas and New Year. But I was struggling to remember what date I went there, and what time it would have been.
So I referred to my iPhone, which showed me the precise details of where I had been and when.
Here's where you can find this information on your own iPhone (or iPad). And read on later for where you might find details of your movements if you are on an Android device.
In recent online news about security, privacy, scams and threats, there have been some scary articles about new threats to millions of Windows users.
You may have heard in the press this week about the new My Health Record system that will be available from October 15th 2018, where our health records may be available to up to 900,000 health professionals around Australia.
11/4/2018 0 Comments
No doubt you have heard all about the Cambridge Analytical scandal - the unauthorised use of the Facebook data belonging to millions of people.
Facebook has made it possible now for you to easily check if your data was shared as part of this breach.
Below is a 1-minute video that shows you where to look in your iPhone's Facebook app. Alternatively, select this link to perform a quick check from your web browser of whether your privacy was breached.
Have you ever wondered just why you get presented with all that rubbish and advertising on Facebook? Maybe you have wondered if there is a way to stop certain types of posts from appearing on your timeline.
Here is an article that Macworld published recently that I found really interesting.
How to find out what Facebook knows about you - Macworld Australia
Have a read, and then make any necessary adjustments to the personal information and preferences that Facebook has recorded about you!
Have you ever seen a message on your iPad, iPhone or computer advising you that a website wants to store 'Cookies' on your device? What are these things called 'Cookies'?
Cookies are small files saved to your device, holding a bit of data relating to you and the website you have visited.
For example, your name, address and email address details that you entered for that website may be saved as a Cookie for that website, so that the same information can be filled in next time you visit the website.
When you save your login details for a website by ticking a 'remember me' box, a cookie will be created on your device.
Cookies are not the only things that websites save to your device.
Some websites save 'Website Data' to your device - data that tracks what you looked at (for example, that chair that you were looking at buying, or that hotel you were looking at), then re-uses that data next time you visit.
Depending on your settings, this saved 'Website Data' may then be shared with other, so that tailored ads can be 'served' to you based on your previous browsing history
You have control over whether websites are allowed to store cookies and website data while you browse, and over what websites can use those your website data.
This is done in Settings->Safari->Block Cookies.
If you don't want to store ANY Cookies or Website Data, choose Always Block.
To stop Website Data being shared with other websites - in particular, to avoid those ads that seem to follow you wherever you go - select Allow from Current Website Only.
I would never choose the Always Allow, as this provides an 'open slather' for websites to use the data stored by other websites
How do I know what websites are storing data on my device?
You can view the list of the websites that store data on your device, and how much data each of these websites is storing.
You can even delete the website data for specific sites - especially those that keep 'serving' their ads to you, as if they are stalking as you browse!
Go to Settings -> Safari -> Advanced -> Website Data.
The sites that store data are listed in size order, with only top 10 shown initially. Tap on Show All Sites to see the full list of websites saving data to your device.
How do I delete the saved Website Data?
To delete the website data for individual sites, tap Edit at top right (while in the Settings -> Safari -> Advanced -> Website Data option) then tap the red left-hand circle to delete saved data for a specific website.
Or, you can choose to Remove All Website Data (which is shown at the bottom of that screen), to start a clean slate!
Alternatively, to clear all cookies, website data AND History, choose the option Settings ->Safari -> Clear History and Website Data. This will clear out the list of websites that you have visited in the past year (or since you last did such a clear).
Related Articles (for iTandCoffee Club members)
Below are some other previously published handy hints about the Safari and web browsing on your iPad and iPhone. An iTandCoffee Club membership is required to view these past Handy Hints.
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