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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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(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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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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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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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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How to detect spy/keylogger software?

I have some serious suspition that my boss installed some kind of spy software. Maybe a keylogger, screen capture or something to know what I do when he's not at the office. I have nothing to hide so ...
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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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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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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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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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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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iPad - erase data completely

I am selling my old iPad 4, in which I stored some private data. I have done erasing my iPad data and settings, is it true that all my data is really gone and completely unrecoverable? If not, what ...
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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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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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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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Does Remote Wipe securely wipe the contents of the drive?

With all the ruckus surrounding the Mat Honan debacle, I'm curious: When you remotely wipe a Mac, is it a secure wipe or does it just lock down the machine with a code? From the Wired article: ...
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How to know if Apple service staff copied my private data?

Tomorrow I will collect my iMac 27 from the service, after they have replaced the screen (due to yellowish smudges). To my surprise, I was requested to give them my password. I did not expect they ...
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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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Spotlight Privacy

Is there a way to tell Apple's content indexer to ignore a folder and its children by creating a file (similar to robots.txt) in the root of the folder to be ignored? I don't want the folder to be ...
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How can I keep my home address private when sharing my vCard?

Instead of handing over cumbersome (and likely to get lost) business cards, I like texting my vCard. However, I'd like to not share some of the information in my vCard—most importantly, my home ...
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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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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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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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Can Apple collect my used Mac's serial number and other hardware information if I use my Apple ID on it?

I am doing research on privacy, and I need to know if Apple has the ability to pull hardware/software information from a device that has used an Apple ID to log into it and make purchases off the App ...
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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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Does iCloud use client-side encryption?

I would like to know if iCloud uses client-side encryption i.e. all data is encrypted on client side and even Apple can't decrypt the data and read it. Is this true for iCloud?
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Protect privacy on my Mac

What is the best way to protect my privacy when using my Mac? Assume I am a privacy-sensitive user, with Mountain Lion. What software configuration should I do, to protect my privacy? Is there any ...
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What user details are shared with publishers through Apple News?

Apple says that “News seamlessly delivers the articles you want to read in a beautiful and uncluttered format, while respecting your privacy, because Apple doesn’t share your personal data,”. What ...
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Could microsoft remote desktop connection be used to spy?

I found a Program called Microsoft remote desktop connection on my mac but did not install it myself. Could somebody have been using it to spy on my computer use without my knowledge? Would I be able ...
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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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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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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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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 ensure Slack runs safely in sandbox?

For work I use my personal laptop and I am required to run Slack to keep in contact with coworkers however it occurs to me that this could potentially be used as an invasive surveillance tool unless ...
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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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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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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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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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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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History of shared web pages in Safari

I shared a web page via Safari (8 on Yosemite) once. Now the last recipient shows up in the menu. How can I delete it from there? See picture for how it looks.
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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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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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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 ...