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What are api.smoot.apple.com and other hosts my iPhone is secretly talking to?

Looking through some log files today I found something strange : TCP_MISS/200 4931 CONNECT api.smoot.apple.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/17.252.11.253 - TCP_MISS/200 4656 CONNECT api.smoot.apple.com:443 - ...
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Privacy Pane wont let me add a preference pane to control my computer

I have a 2010 Macbook Pro 15 inch and i just upgraded to yosemite with a fresh install (no data on any hard drives). I am trying to set up FunctionFlipper, a third party preference pane that will let ...
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How can I have Safari on OS X remember to permanently trust a website with my current location?

The only options on the location privacy prompt are 'Allow' or 'Don't Allow', with a 'Remember my decision for one day' modifier checkbox as well. But what if there's a site that I trust in ...
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Can an app in iOS 8 access Location Services even when it is not running?

I have the Kohl's app installed on my iPhone running iOS 8.1. I notice that whenever I enable Location Access for that specific app, it starts pinging my location immediately, based on the location ...
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How to receive iMessages ONLY on the device you are currently using?

Is it possible to receive iMessages on the device you are currently using, and only that device. If so, how? Background: I don't want to receive iMessages on my iMac and Macbook Air when I'm not ...
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Do people who have my number see if I install WhatsApp

If I install WhatsApp on my iphone, will other other people, who have my number in their address book, see that I installed it? And if yes, is there a way to prevent that from happening?
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How to keep all my passwords, browsing data, e-mails, content etc. only for myself, and away from Apple?

I just bought my first Apple product (iPhone) a few days ago and from the moment I switched on I have been asked to use the Apple ID and iCloud for pretty much everything. I have a concern, i.e. if I ...
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How to hide Snapchat best friends list

Actually how can we hide the best friends list in snapchat without unblocking friends bc unblocking them making them disappear from my snapchat friends list so we need to re-add them everytime we do. ...
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Can I find out if my employer is snooping on me?

I work at a large university and have a computer supplied by my employer. There is apparently some sort of remote management that the help desk can use if I call them and accept their request to log ...
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What potentially-identfiying (personal or device) data is available to 3rd-party apps on AppleTV?

Based on experience with 3rd-generation AppleTV (Apple TV Software 6.2 (based on iOS 7.1.2) Wikipedia), I have concerns about the privacy of my usage behavior. Not from Apple per se, but from the ...
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iMessage sharing and changing AppleID

My husband and I recently split up. Both our phones and both our iPads were all on his Apple ID. Would I be notified on my phone if he were checking my iMessages? I have recently created my own Apple ...
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Non-extractable private key in Keychain Access.app

The manual page for /usr/bin/security on OS X 10.9 indicates that there is a -x option for security import to specify that private keys are non-extractable after being imported. How is this ...
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Can I withhold number with an iPhone 5s?

I need to join a client's conference call today but I'm likely to be out of the office. I don't have a company phone but don't want to share my personal mobile number. Is there a way I can withhold my ...
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Possible to disable URI on iPhone?

Apps can open other apps on iPhone using a URI scheme (e.g., open the Facebook app with fb://). Is there a way to disable this?
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What does the indicator on Settings>Privacy>Facebook mean on an iPhone

In iOS Settings, what do the items listed in Privacy>Facebook control? If it is green does that mean I am limiting Facebook's access to my data? Or do I need to turn it off to limit Facebook's ...
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(How) Can a web site determine if Safari Private Browsing is turned on?

In Safari on Mavericks, I sometimes get a dialog from web sites indicating that some site functions will be blocked or degraded unless I turn off Private Browsing mode. Most users probably expect ...
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Why is 'installed' listed in Security & Privacy under 'Accessibility'?

yesterday I noticed that 'installed' is listed under 'Accessibility' in Privacy settings. Everything I can find points to it having no reason to be there. Does anyone know why it's there, and how I ...
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How to hide an external drive from file sharing on local network

The problem is, my office has multiple computers, and there is only one account (admin) on every machine, all with the same password. So if I bring a personal firewire drive and attach it to my ...
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What are the implications of linking your Apple ID to your Mac User Account in OS X System Preferences?

What are the various effects, in terms of usability, privacy and security, of storing your Apple ID in 'Users & Groups’ in your Mac System Preferences, like so? E.g., could one effect be not ...
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Storing specific Contacts on iPhone without syncing

I would like to store specific contacts on my iPhone, running iOS 7, without syncing them to any service. I do have an Exchange account for business contacts but don't want do sync all contacts with ...
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Frequent locations not remembering any location?

I had this option activated months ago and it registered my home location and some other random location. But I decided to turn all system services off and delete it's history. Two weeks ago, I have ...
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How to elegantly obstruct the iSight lens?

Sometimes you see people placing a sticker over the iSight camera on their MacBook's such that no one can spy on them. This might seem ridiculous, but from a previous answer it is clear that it is ...
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App not showing in Accessibility pane in Security & Privacy

Recently Maintenance.app asked for permission to have control over certain aspects of my computer and I granted that app access, but it doesn’t show inside Accessibility pane of Security & ...
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How does my iMac know my location in the maps app, given that I use a VPN that has my IP about 200 miles from where my address is?

I have an iMac (Mid 2011, if it matters) and I just installed Mavericks. When I launch the Maps app, it knows PRECISELY where I am, which I could certainly understand if it was using IP geolocation. ...
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Can the Macbook's webcam be ON without LED indication?

Was reading some topics online about hackers accessing user's webcams (on Windows) to spy on them etc, and I am now interested to know if I'm at any risk. To make it simple, these are my questions : ...
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Does Safari on OS X Mavericks Ignore Browsing History Preferences?

I have posted in greater detail about this on a blog post at https://browserprivacy.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/does-safari-on-os-x-mavericks-ignore-browsing-history-preferences/ but this excerpt is the ...
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Is it safe to allow apps to access your photos?

Some wallpaper apps try to access your camera roll in order to save photos there. Is it safe to do so ? What am I giving developers once I allow them access to my camera roll's photos ? I'm just ...
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Adding Apps to “Security & Privacy” Settings (Automatically)

I am looking for a way to automatically add applications to the "Location Services" and "Accessibility" (Mavericks only) lists in the "Security & Privacy" settings pane. Optimally I could just ...
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How can I hide file tags?

I'm tagging USB and network drives in Mavericks, and I would like the tags to disappear from my Mac when the drives are disconnected. Is this possible?
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What does “'Copy Job' would like to control this computer using accessibility features” mean?

Since installing OS X 10.9, I periodically get a message that 'Copy Job' would like to control this computer using accessibility features I believe the source is SuperDuper! (2.7.1), but am unsure ...
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Why do these apps “like to access the microphone”?

The apps Google Maps and Waze request access to the microphone. Enable microphone access to play audio on bluetooth devices and more. The explanation doesn't make sense to me. What does "play ...
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Itunes says “I do not have enough access privileges for this operation” how do I fix this? [closed]

A year or so ago I was mucking around in my privacy and shared settings, trying to make it so my computer was "secure" when on a college network. Now with my fiddling i've screwed something up and I ...
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Make folder private so other users can't access

I've just noticed that the contents of some new folders that I created under my users/[myname] folder, are visible to other users. The original ones all have the 'no entry' sign. How do I make ...
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Selling my broken Macbook. How to make sure there's no personal information on the hard drive?

My Mac won't turn on but I'd like to sell it for spare parts. How can I make sure there's no personal information stored on the hard drive for the buyer to retrieve?
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What are the reasons that an imessage would send as a text message instead?

I think my girlfriend is using facetime to talk to an ex-boyfriend so that it does not register as a call on our joint phone bill. (Or I'm the one worried about my secret relationships being spied ...
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Keeping my birthday private

I was required to give my birthday when creating an Apple ID. How do I now keep this information private? I see it has appeared on my Google calendar and I am hoping it does not appear on my contacts' ...
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Multiple Apple ID in Messages.app

We use two independent Apple IDs in Messages.app, which I want to keep private. But if I log out of one and log in with the second one within Messages (not the computer itself, but the Apple ID in the ...
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Encrypt Folders [duplicate]

I seem to remember there being an option to encrypt my entire file system which I passed on but is there a way to just encrypt a folder / directory the way you can on Linux?
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iMessage group members visibility

I'm curious how the group visibility works with iMessage. I have a hunch that when sending with iMessage to a group of people, all these people will see each other in the group. Is my assumption ...
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If I share an account, can I change that so they don't see my data, but they would still pay?

If I am under someone elses iTunes account because they pay, is there any way to make my own so they dont see everything on my iphone 4S
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iphone shares my email address without permission

I've found that with my iPhone 5 the following happens. When i give out my phone number to other people who also have an iPhone they can see my email address. I would rather this didn't happen. How do ...
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How do I use/enable Tor when using Terminal?

I live in a country that blocks most types Internet access and protocols so I need to utilize Tor from the command line. I haven't come across much useful information in this regard, so any ...
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What's the 'unique device identifier' (UDID) of a non-iOS device like a Macbook Pro running Mac OS X?

I wanted to know if the Hardware Serial Number associated with a Macbook Pro is itself treated as a UDID, or is there something else that uniquely identifies the device? I'll provide a little bit ...
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Getting many paid apps to colleague's personal iPad easily without manually installing them through the App Store?

I have about 20 apps that are are all paid apps, and I want my team-member to have them. He wants to use his own iPad, but we are tired to individually get apps from App Store. Is there some easy way ...
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What to Remove before selling Macbook?

My macbook (feb 2008 white) sold on ebay, but I haven't shipped it yet. I'm concerned about my privacy. I can't wipe the hd clean because I sold the computer with valuable software on it. What ...
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Is it possible to erase sensitive data from a dead Retina MBP SSD?

My Retina MacBook Pro has died spectacularly after just over 30 days with what appears to be an SSD fault. No boot, no recovery, and after internet recovery, Disk Utility can't see the SDD at all. ...
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How does the new iOS 6 Limit Ad Tracking improve user privacy?

According to this appleinsider.com article, Apple has introduced new privacy functionality that can limit ad tracking in iOS 6: Apple was not happy to see third party developers and ad networks ...
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Can I reset my privacy settings on OS X Mountain Lion like I can on iOS 6?

iOS allows me to reset my location settings, causing apps to have to ask me again if they can use my location information. iOS 6 allows me to reset all location and privacy settings globally as well: ...
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Privacy issues: is someone watching me on my laptop?

Is there any way I can tell if anyone has set up my laptop to where they can see what I'm doing remotely whether it be the camera or surfing? Maybe there is a way I can just look at what programs have ...
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In iOS Safari, why aren't the Facebook social plugin cookies blocked, in spite of the “from visited” option?

In my iPad, the cookie setting for Safari is set to "from visited", which should block all third party cookies. But if I am not logged out of Facebook, then from any third party webpage that uses the ...