Facebook, Equifax, even Twitter – thanks to recent security breaches and data scandals is our privacy and how it is managed more than ever in public. iOS users are in good hands as Apple prioritizes customer privacy. But there are still many privacy settings to explore and change, especially in Safari.
It should be understood that privacy and the Internet do not mix – as you surf the Internet, any movement you make is logged by your ISP. the website you visit, including websites you've visited in the past. However, if you take the proper precautions, you can reduce the amount of data you provide when using Safari. Fortunately, by default, Apple includes many, but there are many more settings that you should check to make sure you are surfing the Internet as safely as possible.
: Your iPhone's password
Safari may not require a password Users can access it to keep their iPhone secure. If someone with nefarious motives in your Safari data wants, it does not matter which steps you take below, if they can guess your passcode.
Additionally, some sensitive information in Safari – like iCloud Keychain and iOS Password Manager – may be hidden behind Touch ID or Face ID, but if your Intruder knows your passcode, it only takes a minute for you to reset your biometric keys customize your own. So much for this deterrent.
You should make sure that your passcode is strong enough to keep out the most likely intruders, while not being so complicated that you lose your mind when trying to get into your iPhone. Review our guide below to create the ideal access code for your device so that all your Safari data stays private.
2: Siri & Search
Siri & Search Integration with Safari Can Be Useful – Siri can learn more about how you search and can include helpful predictions and suggestions in Search, Look Up and even on your keyboard.
This may sound a bit too privacy-conscious. If you do not want to share this information with Siri, you can simply disable the feature by going to Settings -> Safari -> Siri & Search. Just tap the switch to turn off "Search and Siri suggestions."
Even if you disable Search & Siri Suggestions, you may still see Siri's suggestions when you enter a search in Safari. This is due to "Safari Suggestions" that use Siri to recommend websites based on your search queries.
While useful, this information is still tailored to you and what interests Siri the most. This of course means that data from your iPhone activity will be used. Although disabling this feature may not remove this data, users may be reassured – if you do not see Safari making suggestions from personal information, you may feel more secure.
To To disable Safari suggestions, just go to Settings -> Safari and then tap on Slider next to "Safari Suggestions."
Google may have conquered the search engine market – you know who "Let's Bing it?" – but that does not mean you have to use it. Google is famous for collecting data about its users, which, if you read this, could violate your privacy interests.
If you're uncomfortable with Google as your default search engine, try DuckDuckGo instead. DuckDuckGo was created in response to Google's seemingly endless control over your data. The company does not store your data, shows you ads based on your search history, and does not track you between public and private browsers.
If you want to make the switch, just go to Settings -> Safari -> Search Engine, then choose DuckDuckGo.
Location Services allows your iPhone and apps to access your current location. GPS apps constantly need to see your location to give you precise directions, while weather apps use your location to display weather information in your area.
The way Safari uses your location depends on the sites. If a site needs or wants to access your location to provide you with a service, you will receive a pop-up asking for your permission. If you accept, the site can use your location as long as you're there. If you decline, you will be asked the next time you visit the site.
Obviously, location access is the direct opposite of privacy. Today, however, so many sites need to access your location that it's difficult to completely disable this feature.
Safari gives you two options when it comes to your location – Never and While Using the App. The first option prevents a website from asking for your location. If you feel that you never need a website that you visit to use your location, you can choose this option.
However, it is likely that you will come across a website that does not work Info. Fortunately, with the "while using the app" option and the site itself, Safari will only see your location while using the app. As soon as you stop, the access stops.
What you choose really comes to you, and if you change your mind, changing options is easy and effortless. To access this option, simply go to Settings -> Privacy -> Site Services -> Safari Sites.