After a long period of beta testing, Apple has launched iOS 15. It has a slew of improvements (as well as some excellent hidden features), and while it's more evolution than revolution, it gets a lot of things right, including stability.
This update allows the user to turn something on in Safari called, "iCloud Private Relay." This feature sends your traffic through multiple servers to mask your actual location.
This iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 feature prevents websites and trackers from identifying your actual IP address.
Every iPhone, like every other device connected to the internet, has its IP address. Websites and businesses can use it to identify you and create an account of your online activities.
If this sounds familiar, it's because this is what a standard VPN (virtual private network) does.
At present this is only available for Apple+ subscribers, but we can see this being rolled out across the board eventually.
To use this go to Settings, and at the top, tap your name and then go to iCloud and enable Private Relay.
Another feature that is poised to protect the user, is the "Protect Mail Activity" feature for the native Apple Mail Application.
If you don't know already, many marketing emails that you get contain a "pixel" inside that lets the company know if you even opened the email and if you clicked on it. This also can tell the sender your IP address, location, and other details.
This feature prevents tracking pixels by downloading all remote photos as soon as you receive an email, as well as hiding your real IP and locations.
To enable go to Settings > Mail, tap on Privacy Protection and enable Protect Mail Activity.
The final step in the right direction is the "Record App Activity" feature. As it sounds, once turned on, this gives you a report every week of what the applications on your phone are accessing at all times.
This can be anything from the following list:
And at any time!
We've reported cases of applications using your camera without your knowledge, and even ones that could access your whole phone without your knowledge. Apple already previously introduced changes to the App store to show an applications history, and this is a further step in making sure the end user knows what they are getting into.
After your first week you'll probably realize that quite a few may be accessing more than you want an unknown third-parties to see.
To turn this on, go to Settings and go to Privacy, and scroll all the way down to the bottom where you'll find Record App Activity.
The biggest threat that the three of these features aim to combat is your physical location as you move throughout the world. We applaud Apple for making these steps, but that doesn't mean its perfect. To completely mask your location while you aren't actively using your devices, drop your device in a Faraday Sleeve to completely be shut off from the digital world.
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Seems to work as expected. Hope to never do a hard test. Feel my backups are now well protected.
I purchased the SLNT pocket that an iphone 11 with an Otter Box fits in. The quality of the finished product is HIGH. I'm not addicted to my phone, so this allows me to place the phone in the pocket before traveling about daily without dropping digital crumbs along the way that could be used to reverse engineer my personal movements, locations and destinations with greater ease. I value my privacy due it being a fundamental human right despite what any judge or agency claims to the contrary.
I was very pleased to realize that this particular SLNT fits into my back pants pocket!!! The width is 'just right'. Now that's attention to detail. This is my 3rd SLNT and I recommend them to a lot of folks. Most have never heard of such a product, let alone the reason to have one and use it.
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The Silent Pocket is a fantastic accessory, I am sleeping better with lack of EMF in the room and knowing that my privacy is literally in my hands.
Shipping took very little time, very happy!
October 14, 2021
My concern is CSAM scanning algorithm. My understanding is that Apple will be scanning hash “signatures” of messages, photos etc not only on iCloud but endpoints as well. Thanks but I’ll stick with ioS 13(x) and take my chances with security vulnerabilities.