When you open a new app on your iPhone for the first time (
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) You will be bombarded with prompts and requests, each asking for access to different parts of your private information. I know that I am guilty of reflexively accepting these requests. The problem with my approach is that I give the apps unrestricted access to my personal data such as my location, my contacts and much more.
If you paid little attention to your approvals, I have good news: your decision is not permanent. Customizing your privacy settings and protecting your personal information is an easy task. You just have to take the time to do it.
You have two options to check the privacy settings on your iPhone.
Use the dedicated privacy section
Open the Settings app on your iPhone and look for the option labeled Privacy . select it. You should then see a list of features and information on your phone that apps must have your permission to access. The list contains items such as contacts, calendar, location, camera and microphone.
Open one of the categories, e.g. B. Photos to see a list of the apps you want. When the toggle switch is in the on position, it has access. If the switch is off, this is not the case.
Spend a few minutes browsing the list of apps for each category and accessing only the apps you want. However, keep in mind that the next time you start an app after revoking its authorization (s), you may be asked to request access again. So don't just tap the prompt without reading it.
I recommend taking the time to carefully review the Location Services section. I was surprised to see how many features Apple included in this section that are not specific to an app.
For example, Apple released iOS 13.3.1 last month, which included (among other things) a new switch for disabling the U1 Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip on the iPhone 11. The chip gives the iPhone the ability to precisely locate another device, such as the rumored Apple Tags. The researchers discovered in December that the chip was tracking users' locations continuously and had no attitude to completely disable the chip. To disable, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services and disable Networking & Wireless .