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How to master iOS and macOS privacy settings

Privacy: polemic word. Between the eternal discussion about how much of it we must deliver in order to have a functional digital life, Apple arrives with the promise that yes, it is possible to have all the resources you need in the online world without having to give up your right to be anonymous to less in theory.

How much of this is true, no one will ever know, but one thing that everyone can (and should!) Know as the palm of their own hands the privacy controls area of ??their Ma devices, whether they are Macs or iTrecos. Sir: a lot of people have never even opened the configuration area regarding these adjustments if you are one of those people, consider this article an incentive and together we will explore all the possibilities that Apple gives you (or not) to make your online presence more discreet.

On iOS

The privacy settings of iOS are easily found in the Settings app and bring, right away, a list of all the permissions that your device can give apps, access to aspects such as location, camera, photos, messages, contacts and everything more are together in one place.

Playing "Privacy" and then in each of the items, the system will show exactly which applications ask for permission to access that specific aspect of your data and you can define these permissions individually in some cases, such as location, the options are even more granular, with the choice between full access, only when the app is active or access denied.

Privacy options on iOS

Going down the list of permits, we still have two important aspects. The first one "Analyze", where the user defines whether the device can capture the system's diagnostic data and its data and send it to Apple, in a way, according to the company, to improve its experience. In other words, this is where you choose to give away personal information (including location data) so that the company "learns" more about you and tailors its services in that way.

On this same screen, it is possible to control which analysis data will be collected and whether they can be sent to developers, in addition to other separate aspects such as analysis of iCloud and Health / Activity data.

Privacy options on iOS

The second screen, located at the end of the page, referring to the "Publicity" iOS. There, you can turn on a function that will limit the targeted advertising targeted at you ie the system will analyze less of your data to show you advertisements that may interest you. It is also possible to redefine your identifier, so that your collected data will be ?reset? and start counting only those sent from that moment.

On macOS

On Mac, things happen a little differently, but in general, all privacy settings can be found at Security and Privacy System Preferences, accessing the tab "Privacy".

Privacy options on macOS

There, just like on iOS, you can control all the access items that applications and services can request all are listed in the left box. By clicking on any of them, you can see which apps are authorized (or not) to access it.

Privacy options on macOS

Again, the item "Location" there are a few extra options: you can enable or disable location services as a whole, as well as check which applications have requested location information in the past 24 hours (they will be marked with a specific symbol). In that item, you can also click "Details", in the System Services option, to check or uncheck which ones you want to have access to your location, such as setting the date and time, Find My Mac or location-based suggestions.

Privacy options on macOS

Scrolling down the list of items, the field "Analyze" allows you to enable or disable sending diagnostics of your Mac's performance to Apple (remembering that these reports may contain location data) or to developers, as well as iCloud analysis, which focuses on your use of cloud services According to the company, all reports are used ?to improve your experience?.

Privacy options on macOS

Finally, clicking the button "Advanced", in the lower right corner of the screen, you have access to some extra settings: it is possible to configure a maximum time of inactivity until your session is ended (even if the Mac remains active and with the lid open), request the password requirement of the system to access preferences in any circumstances or, in older Mac models that still have infrared receivers (for the late Apple Remote, for example), turn off this component.

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