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Questions tagged [privacy]

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 can I see everything authorized to use my Apple ID?

Does Apple only provide you with information about what devices are currently signed into your Apple ID account? Is it possible and how can I see all devices, computers, Home Sharing, Audible ...
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Turn on Location Services for an app via command line (macOS)

I am trying to enable Location Services for an individual app such as Weather.app etc via command line for High Sierra and Mojave macOS computers. I was able to enable Location Services at the top ...
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Remove Google Maps Account History [duplicate]

I have a simple question regarding Google Maps. I am not signed in with Google, and don't use their services anymore, yet, when I start Google Maps I get the following: How can I completely eliminate ...
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Prevent admin/Jamf Pro from accessing/deleting 2nd partition

The company I work for wants to install Jamf Pro on my "work" Macbook. I want to create a 2nd partition on my Macintosh HD (with its own Mac OS version) for personal use. If Jamf Pro is installed on ...
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How can I troubleshoot Security & Privacy issues with Mojave?

Mojave has expanded macOS's sandboxing rules for files and devices. When an application needs to use the camera or microphone, the user is supposed to get a prompt the first time to authorize it. ...
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Can I rename the “Pictures” folder without “Full Disk Access”?

Our application needs write access to the user's Home directory, specifically to Pictures, Movies, Music, etc., so it can redirect them to our cloud support. But, on Mojave, renaming Pictures (to some ...
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'tmutil listbackups' doesn't work with tmux in Mojave

I've tried to list past TM backups while running in a tmux session, but the solution described in this question doesn't seem to work on macOS Mojave any longer: root@nomi ~> tmutil listbackups The ...
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iTerm2 - Accessibility and Full Disk Access

Just installed iTerm2 and it asked me change some settings in Security & Privacy of macOS. At the moment I gave "Full Disk Access". Under "Accessibility" I see iTerm2 listed but without the ...
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Give local PHP Full Disk Access in Mojave

I have a PHP webpage running on the local apache installation. The page uses shell_exec to access the messages/chat.db via sqlite3. shell_exec("sudo -u ben sqlite3 ~/Library/messages/chat.db \"...
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App has photo access, but I never allowed it to access photos

I have a to do list app installed that allows you to add a profile photo. I added the image without ever being asked for access to my photos. To my understanding, apps that can view your photos ...
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On managed Macs, how much can the admin see?

I have a Macbook that was given to me by my employer. The Macbook is managed by them as I can see the installed profiles. These profiles control things like how/when to set up my password, apps that ...
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Can a friend see how many times I have looked them up using Find My Friends

I am sharing my location with some friends using Apple's Find My Friend service. I am curious to know if they get to know how many times and when I have looked them up using Find My Friend?
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Apps retaining data after being deleted

I had the Facebook and Instagram apps installed on my iPhone (latest iOS). I deleted both apps and checked that there was no data from either app stored on iCloud (I went to Settings - iCloud - Manage ...
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Cannot uncheck “Require password” in System Preferences>Security & Privacy

I've upgraded to Mojave and ever since I can't uncheck "Require password" or change the timing from "immediately" to something else in System Preferences>Security & Privacy. More precisely: it let'...
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The website tomahawk-player.org maybe has an expired certificate. Should I ignore that?

I have an iMac running High Sierra 10.13.6. I wanted to download the Tomahawk music player from the developer site at www.tomahawk-player.org. Safari tells me the connection is not private. It appears ...
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Stop password characters from being shown

When I type in a password in iOS 11.4.1, the last entered character is shown only for a split second. For security reasons, I do not want the characters to get echoed. How do I disable this split ...
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Per-App VPN for a third-party app: possible? How?

I need to set up per-app VPN as a way to ensure that several apps I installed from App Store are using only internet traffic over VPN, but not using non-VPN traffic at all. I'm not a corporate user, ...
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prevent Lock Screen from showing user FullName

Is there any way to prevent the lock screen from displaying my full name? It's a privacy matter and I would like to keep my personal data away from other people. I know I can turn my screen off, ...
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Monitor mic on MacOS

I’m trying to monitor if the microphone is in use or not on MacOS, much like what Oversight App does, I’ve been scouring thought without much luck. What I have so far is that the daemon coreaudiod has ...
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How to enforce that all traffic from iOS app goes through VPN? [duplicate]

I need to make sure that one of the apps I use can only use internet traffic that goes through VPN. How, as a non-corporate user, can I achieve that? Can per-app VPN settings enabled with a custom ...
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Why is my iPhone transmitting in airplane mode?

I switched my iPhone 8 into airplane mode, but it continued periodically transmitting on 1.8 GHz, as measured by an electrosmog meter. Why? Isn't airplane mode supposed to turn off the radio ...
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My ex is a computer “expert”. Is he using administrative privileges to remotely control/limit use of my computer?

My Ex knows a lot about computers - I know nothing about the hardware and infrastructure... I bought my own personal MacBookAir for my private use only. I'm not able to change some settings or be the ...
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How to disable CoreAnalytics (system diagnostics mechanism) used by forensics investigators

From I Know What You Did Last Month: A New Artifact of Execution on macOS 10.13 Analysts that perform macOS forensics have had few, if any, artifacts of program execution to rely on during ...
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How does Safari (on iOS) decide when to present an SSL client certificate

I've installed a SSL client certificate into the version of Safari that comes with iOS 11.4.1. It apparently allows me to access a protected site as expected. Are there any specific privacy issues ...
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Does the app vendor obtain your name upon In-App subscription?

Does the app vendor gain access to your name upon doing an In-App subscription? I’m not sure how to read Apple’s privacy pages to understand what information (if any) is transmitted to third party ...
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Does Apple Pay offer consumer privacy advantages over traditional payment on the web?

As a developer, I know that an Apple Pay payment seems to offer more privacy in some cases when online. Can anyone elaborate the different scenarios Apple pay offers and what the consumer privacy ...
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iOS - Which user data are apps able to collect by default?

On iOS, I'm often considering using the mobile website of services instead of their app because of possible privacy concerns. Now I'm wondering if this is actually unnecessary. So my question is: ...
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How do I block callers from leaving voicemails?

A scammer has been harassing me for several days, being rude and making fraudulent claims. How can I stop them from calling me?
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How do I identify adware when browsing Apple's App Store?

I'm new to iOS and setting up a new iPhone. Can someone please explain how to avoid adware when choosing apps in the App Store? I will not install adware on my devices, and I'm happy to pay for apps ...
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How do I show the High Sierra application privacy dialogs again?

Background: see my other question here. I missed the new application privacy dialogs (e.g. in iTunes) the first time around after I upgraded to High Sierra. Is there any way to show them again? I ...
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iPassword backup through unsecured network

I am using the iPassword app on iPhone to store some less and medium important passwords to websites and emails. I have made probably a silly mistake. I was in the hotel and was using an unsecured ...
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How to sandbox browser so it can only read/display local files?

I have some utilities that I would like to use. These open source browser-based utilities require me to hand them sensitive information. Although I mostly trust them, I would like to deny the browser ...
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How do I hide contact name from whatsapp notification on iphone5 [duplicate]

I saw someone's iphone5 whatsapp notification pop up with only the whatsapp badge and the word "message" but I can't figure out how to do that on my iphone5
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How do I hide names from incoming messages on whatsapp on my iphone5

I dont want the contact names to show on the notification but I stillwant the notification badge to show
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Unable to remove website data in Safari

In Safari --> Preferences --> Privacy --> Manage Website Data, I'm unable to remove the data that shows up as Databases. I'm able to remove Cookies and Cache data but not able to remove ...
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How can users find out or download what information Apple has about them?

The issue of digital privacy is becoming more prevalent in the minds of many smartphone and social media users, especially after controversies such as the recent Facebook / Cambridge Analytica scandal....
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Can MDM track my location?

I have Maas360 on my iPhone, but the app isn't installed it's only listed under MDM. Can it track my location even if I didnt give the app location permissions?
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Someone keeps sending me a link via bluetooth - how to stop them without disabling bluetooth?

In my Macbook, I keep getting a popup about a website link sent from an iPhone: I didn't even know about that feature, but anyway - the link is some random chinese website every time. Whenever I open ...
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What security preferences are blocking McAfee?

I changed some of my Macbook's security settings today. I also updated to the latest version of High Sierra (10.13.4) shortly before changing my security settings. Shortly thereafter, I got the ...
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`AppleCamera` used by Google Chrome even with all extensions+apps disabled/tabs closed

I'm noticing that Google Chrome (Version 65.0.3325.181 (Official Build) (64-bit) — current version as of writing this question) has enabled my MBP camera and, perhaps, the microphone: $ lsof | grep "...
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Apple and iCloud encryption keys

A friend of mine was arguing that Apple’s staunch pro-privacy and pro-security branding is disingenuous since they hold iCloud encryption keys. To what extent is this true or an oversimplification?
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Diagnostic & Usage On Apple Device

Hoping someone can help: I sent my apple device into a screen repair shop (had to drop off ipad and require to provide passcode) Can I use the diagnostic and usage to see what apps were opened during ...
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Strange watermark on a iPhone photo taken in Target

My friend recently took a photo with iPhone 5 in Target's changing room and a watermark automatically applied over it saying "You look goooood. #UniversalThread #TargetStyle". It wasn't written on ...
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How does iOS app Badoo tracks second registrations?

I've got a message from support that I cannot use the service anymore, and if I register a new profile they will automatically track it and block it. As I read from Uber's case it's forbidden by Apple ...
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Does iOS app developer have access to my iCloud billing info?

I see this data in my iCloud purchase history. There are my credit card number, my first and last name, my address, and iPhone's name. Which of this are accessible to the developer of the app? Is it ...
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Privacy: can a app from App Store access my Apple ID data?

Can a app from App Store access my Apple ID data (like first-name, last-name, country, email,...)? I am interested in both platforms, iOS and macOS.
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Uploading photos from MacOS Photos to Facebook?

What is the "simplest" and most privacy-conscious way to upload photos from your MacOS Photos collection to Facebook? I "trust" Facebook as little as possible (for obvious reasons) and so do not want ...
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Adblock Warning Removal List for iOS - block 'Please disable Ad-Block'

I use Adblock Warning Removal List for Safari on macOS. Adblock Warning Removal List Warning Removal list filter subscription when enabled, blocks these sorts of anti-adblock warnings and ...
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What more could I have done to secure my iPhone and iPad?

I recently travelled to China for work. To my surprise our IT department confiscated my iPhone and iPad saying they could not secure the data or communications on my devices against prying eyes. ...
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how to see all media in one place in an iphone

I am a new user of iPhone and seek any way of seeing all media on my iPhone in one place. This basically includes the songs, pics, videos etc... even from social apps like whatsapp etc. On Android ...