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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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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Does using an app send my IP address and device identification info to the app maker?

if I use an app, would I be giving info like my IP address and device identification like the MAC address to the app developer/owner?
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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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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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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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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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iPad 2 company installed monitoring malware

A company I used to work for installed tracking malware on my iPad 2. It monitors my emails, Facebook, changes my passwords, etc. I did a complete reset at an Apple Store, it is still there. The Apple ...
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How to prevent apps from showing previews on lock screen in iOS?

When I receive a message I don't want the sender or a preview of the content be shown on my lock screen. Some apps (like iMessage and Mail) allow you to set this in iOS' Settings -> Notifications. ...
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What can developers see in my address book?

When Facebook or other developers ask for access to your address book, what content can they see? For example, is this only limited to names and email addresses and phone numbers or does this include ...
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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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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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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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How does a Google iOS app save and restore active accounts across app deletion?

On an iOS 8 device, I installed Google Hangouts and upon first launch, it pre-populated an account that was previously associated with a different, and long ago deleted, Google app. Since I had just ...
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How can I be notified when my boyfriend tracks my iPhone?

I have nothing to hide, I don't need to fake my position, but I would like to know how often my boyfriend checks where I am. Is it possible to be notified when he checks on me? In the country where I ...
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Privacy aspects of Safari extensions

I'm wondering about privacy aspects of Safari extensions, or which pieces of information active extensions can obtain about my web browsing activities. Should I expect that an extension will generally ...
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How to disable Incognito mode in Chrome?

For Mac OS X, how do you disable Incognito mode in Chrome? The desired result simply being that the user cannot browse in Incognito mode, even if they know the keyboard shortcut or something similar.
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password built in an app for restricted download?

I have built an app. It's a magazine and a few brochures with rich content. I will upload it as a multi issue app. Once it's approved and available in the iTunes app store, I would like it to be ...
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How do I delete “Documents & Data” from iCloud?

Apple currently has two types of storage in iCloud: iCloud Drive, for Macs running Yosemite. Documents & Data, for Macs running Mavericks or earlier. I have one Mac running Mavericks, and the ...
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iMessages - same message on two devices

I once bought a macbook for my friend. I logged into it using my own apple account to make sure it worked properly before delivering it to him. However, he now gets a copy of my iMessages. How can ...
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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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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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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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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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can mdm software track websites on an iOS device?

I have SAP Afaria installed on my company iPhone 6 and would like to know if it can track websites visited through Safari.
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NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID in Chrome on OS X

I have a site with a Comodo EV SSL installed. When opening the site in Firefox or Safari, the site displays the green lock and the extended EV green bar. However, when opening the same site in chrome, ...
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What are the recommended steps to take before selling an iPhone? [duplicate]

I "lost" my iPhone at work, could not find it anywhere. I reported it lost, and got another through the insurance. A month later, I found it hiding in a file in one my desk drawers. The phone is just ...
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Safari - Easy way to open a link in private window?

Is there an easy way to open links in a private window in Safari in OS X? With this, I mean copying the link and pasting it in a new private window not as being easy. In Chrome and Firefox, you can ...
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Change accessibility setting on Mac using terminal

I would like to grant accessibility permission to some apps on Mac using Terminal as per this intruction https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT202866 which is the accessibility tab in System Preferences ...
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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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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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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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How to tell which websites take your MAC address of your iPhone/iPad when visiting?

how can you tell when viewing webpages, which ones are taking down your device info like MAC address, when you use an iphone or ipad? Or how to prevent that information being taken?
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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 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 good a camera would Touch ID make?

Is the Touch ID sensor good enough to deliver surveillance images (e.g. if Apple or some researcher/agency did it) ? Would it be possible at all to get any usable imagery from the environment using ...
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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 ...
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FaceTime on my MacBook

I just noticed that my camera light was on on my MacBook. I looked down at my dashboard and it said 9 users were on my FaceTime. I freaked and shut it down. Now is there anyway I can find out who was ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 policy URL for app

I've read through Apple's policies of whether or not to include a privacy policy URL for my app and i'm still unsure. If you're currently NOT signed into GameCenter App or in Game Center in Settings ...
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How to install gpg without Admin password

I have a monitored OS X laptop that I would like to put GNU Privacy Guard (gpg) on. Of course I can't because I don't have Admin rights, but I was hoping there is a way to install it in user space ...