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Apple hardware and software can log location as well as other sensitive information that you may wish to keep private. Also group questions that relate to general software and information relating on how to protect your privacy by choosing one configuration over another.

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As of Mountain Lion, Google Chrome has asked for permission to view my contacts. Does this mean that it has likely had unrestricted access before?

I'm not sure why Chrome wants this access, but since prior to Mountain Lion there wasn't a prompt for this, it makes me think that it must have been looking at them this whole time. Right?
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How can I remove geolocation info from a picture on an iPhone?

Since geolocation info is usually preserved when I share a photo from my iPhone, I was wondering what the simplest way is to remove this geolocation info from an existing picture. To be clear: I ...
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Is picture location info retained when I share a photo?

When I send a picture to a friend (e.g. via Messages, Mail, or Tweet), is the location information in that photo preserved? In other words, can they see where I took that photo? What about when I use ...
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Prevent other users from ejecting (or even seeing) my mounted disk images

I have an encrypted disk image (sparsebundle) where all of my private documents are stored; I mount it to a custom mount point with: mkdir -p /Users/gabriele/MyDocs hdiutil attach ...
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Why can I no longer open the Security & Privacy pane of System Preferences?

Problem Since April 2012, one user of my MacBook Pro can no longer load the Security & Privacy pane. When I click the icon, a sheet drops down: Translated from Chinese to English: Error ...
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Is it possible to hide my device's UDID from iOS apps?

A few days ago I read an article how iOS app developers can uniquely identify my iOS device using its UDID. The thought of various apps being able to track me (with an ID attached) is somewhat ...
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How secure are iCloud backups?

Are iCloud backups encrypted, both when transmitted and stored? Is it possible for someone at Apple to access any backup made to the data enter? I have heard that when apps have been pulled from the ...
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Is Private Browsing broken in Safari 5.1.4?

From the release notes for Safari 5.1.4: Allow cookies set during regular browsing to be available after using Private Browsing What? Doesn't that mean, to give an example, that if I go to Amazon ...
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How to disable certain Apps & access to PIM data on iOS

Anybody can describe how to disable certain apps on iOS and disable access to PIM (calendar, contacts, reminders, email) data? I've looked at the Restrictions feature and find that it limits access to ...
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Why does mobile Safari revert to “Never accept cookies”?

Every few days Safari on my iPhone (iOS 5.0.1) reverts to "Never" accept cookies. I put it to "From Visited" but it switches back shortly thereafter. Discussion elsewhere suggests an Exchange link ...
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How can I hide sensitive photos

My problem is I've got heaps of photos that I don't want to be found in finder is their any easy way to stop finder from showing them in places like All Files or quicklook.
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Are there security risks for an iOS device?

My Dad just got an iPod touch and raised an interesting question. Are there security risks for an iOS device? He was planning on storing sensitive personal information on it, but wasn't sure if it was ...
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How to ensure that all traffic goes through VPN connection once it has been started?

I connect to the internet through a VPN provider along with other precautions in order to ensure privacy (against traffic analysis by agencies of a repressive government). I currently use Tunnelblick ...
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Remove recent documents history?

I recently got a macbook air and am getting used to the mac os interface... Liking it so far but still relearning how to do some basic stuff. For example, right clicking on VLC, and all the pr0n I've ...
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Are the Carrier IQ daemons installed on iOS devices other than iPhones?

For iOS 5, are either of the Carrier IQ daemons installed as part of the base software on any non phone device image such as the iPad, iPod Touch or Apple TV ? On iPhones (iOS 5) these programs are ...
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What data does the Carrier IQ daemon log from iPhones?

There has been little written technically about the Carrier IQ software on iPhones despite it being present on iOS 3, 4, and now iOS 5. From what I can tell, the daemons vary depending on the ...
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Are there privacy concerns with the Built-In iSight Camera and LED Indicator? [duplicate]

I was having a discussion with some friends about the built in camera of computer and what you can do with them, and I realized that my macbook has one of those. That got me thinking about how the ...
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NoScript for Safari

I find myself drifting away from Firefox to Safari, but the lack of NoScript is making me a little uneasy. Is there an equivalent plugin for Safari?
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Email privacy on iPad : any trick to share the device without session feature?

I wonder if some of you have found a way to share an iPad in a family and keep a reasonable privacy on the emails stored on the device (since there is nothing like a session management feature...) ...
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how to stop spotlight indexing an attached camera

When I attach my video camera (for the purpose of importing some clips into FCP-X) I noticed that spotlight is indexing the camera (which does show up as an external disk when I connect it, via the ...
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How do I remove what appears to be malicious cached javascript?

I was recently using someone else's iMac and came across some rather strange behaviour. Searches (from google and yahoo at least, I didn't test other search engines) were being redirected. After ...
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How can protect all privacy from someone that needs to use my Mac?

A friend of mine is going to stay here for two days, and I am sure he will need to ask me to use the Mac (and PC) in the study room. (which will be tons of work to move them and no matter where they ...
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Do MP3's encoded by iTunes contain my email address, and how can I remove it?

I heard that when you rip an Audio CD to MP3 with iTunes it hides your email address (or some other identifying information) in the MP3. Is this true? Is there any way to remove this identifying ...
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Are iPhone screenshots geo-tagged?

When I take a picture using my iPhone's camera, it attaches the current location to the image in the metadata. Does it also do this for screenshots that I take?