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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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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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 reliable and trustworthy are the Objective-See Security tools (KnockKnock (UI), Dynamic Hijack Scanner and BlockBlock)?

DHS found an issue Is this a false positive? Anybody else with the same message? I installed BlockBlock. What do you think about it? Do you trust those Security tools? BlockBlock (beta) ...
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How can I have Safari on OS X remember to permanently trust a website with my current location? [duplicate]

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 perpetuity?...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 3rd-...
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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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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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In which part of iOS is the auto-erase feature implemented and how does it work?

I followed the Apple vs FBI case a bit, and I'm super curious how Apple implemented the auto-erase feature. Reading their documentation, it seems like it is as simple as erasing a key that is used to ...
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Can iOS be configured so apps do not create screenshots when the app suspends?

I notice in iOS, often times when I open an app, such as YouTube, the first thing that it shows is a screenshot of that app from one of the more recent things I was doing with the app. When I ...
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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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Privacy fail? Spotlight shows the Safari pages read by other user accounts

Suppose you have two family members using the same computer, each with their own user account (Jack and Jill). Jill opens a page in her Safari browser (in her user account) for say: "Pregnancy ...
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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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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 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. I'...
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iPhone Contacts app Cross-References Facebook?

I just added two contacts to the contacts app on my iPhone (iOS 9.1) and after each I had a dialog asking me to enter my Facebook password, presumably so it could cross-reference this with my Facebook ...
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Can gamecenter friends see what apps I've installed on my iPhone?

I'm pretty new to iPhone. I was using Android for years and there was the problem that everbody could see if I've installed a app or not. How is this with the iPhone? Can anyone (for example friends ...
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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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Does iOS send contacts to Apple servers?

When you go to a contact, you can see if that contact has FaceTime. How does the system determine this capability? The usual way that other systems like WhatsApp do it is by uploading/synchronizing ...
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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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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 & Privacy....
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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 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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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 ...