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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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registering Apple ID without using identity, any advantage? [closed]

I please need your giga brains😊 If registering an Apple ID without using my real identity, can you think of any advantage? All I can think of it's in case of an Apple customers database breach (and I'...
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Mac and old Adobe Flash Player: HSTS behaviour

I begin by saying that I have recently 'obsessed' with my past browsing history with my old Mac (2017). I also understand that flash is not updated and many won’t have a system on which to test this ...
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Are some apps always linked to iCloud.com via a SharedWebCredentials Library in its code?

I found that some apps contain a Library named SharedWebCredentials which contains the config json files that seem to always enable linking to iCloud. I am using Sonoma 14.5. These apps include FindMy,...
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Block remote content for specific Mail account

Is there a way to block the loading of remote content in Apple Mail on macOS for a specific mail account? I can only find the option to "Block All Remote Content" or use "Protect Mail ...
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How to determine if there is a stealth proxy server recording my computer?

Sorry for rough question, I'm not an engineeer. My company just bought me an Apple computer. I've heard of privacy leaks and computer data stealers such as proxy server, etc. I know firewall proxy ...
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How can I figure out macOS privacy settings when an app asks again for permissions it already has been granted?

I feel like this happens fairly regularly - I get a request from an app to grant permissions, I click to grant it, and they are already enabled. In the screenshot below this is after a patch-level ...
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To know whether another person have physically accessed your Mac

Is there a simple way to know an "average person" have physically accessed your Macbook at work or at home? Of course, I can use a keylogger or an app to record what is going on the screen ...
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Does Firefox on iOS benefit from third-party partitioning or Full Third-party Cookie Blocking?

Safari blocks third-party cookies by default (added in iOS / iPadOS 13.4). "Third-party cookie access can only be granted through the Storage Access API and the temporary compatibility fix for ...
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Can MDM do things that violate one's privacy?

I know Apple's implementation of MDM can install apps, change settings on the Mac automatically using profiles. I’m more concerned about things like: monitoring my screen without my consent ...
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what are the CriticalDomains in com.apple.networkextension.control.plist

I use Little Snitch found my system automatically tries to connect to the Google public servers 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 (I haven't set it). I tried to figure out why. Then I found that after I deleted the ...
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Apple Business Manager access to info

Small company of 9. We all use MacBook Air laptops controlled by Apple Business Manager. We have all been given the ok to sign into our personal Apple ID’s on our MacBook Airs. Question… does my ...
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Google Chrome is capturing your screen alert on macOS Sonoma

I'm using Google Chrome on macOS Sonoma and recently noticed this alert on my top bar. I checked all Google Chrome tabs and none had any screen share feature in use. I disabled all Chrome extensions. ...
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How to always Show IP Address (disable Private Relay) for a specific website?

I want to use my iPad & iPhone to access a website that is behind a firewall and is only accessible to IP addresses on a whitelist. I can do this temporarily, for a single tab only, by: Load the ...
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Editing Privacy and Security settings via Terminal commands?

We've recently pushed an update for Teams to my userbase and with the switch from the "Classic" version to the "New" Teams users will need to go into System Settings > Privacy &...
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Creating a disk image from folder vs. Creating a blank disk image

I need to hide a particular folder on my Mac from other people who might want to view or copy them while I'm away from home. There are two ways I'm aware of. The first way is to hide the folder using ...
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What is Launch Control and why does it want to receive keystrokes?

What is Launch Control and why does it want to receive keystrokes? Suddenly this warning popped up: Searching for this message returns zero results. https://www.google.com/search?q="...
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Do "Beta Updates" of tvOS collect significantly more telemetry data than the stable release? What potential privacy issues can arise?

Because you can easily install a beta release on tvOS and also revert back to the stable channel, I often do this. Now a colleague told me that I should never install beta releases because they ...
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Is there a way to "reset" Advanced Data Protection secured iCloud accounts when locked out?

I'm considering activating Advanced Data Protection for iCloud. As part of activating it, it seems like I need to enable either a recovery key or a recovery contact. Also, according to Apple's ...
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Is the microphone in Mac Discord app always on? If so, can I withdraw permission at the Mac level, or in the app itself?

I'm new to Discord and am running the Discord desktop app on my Mac. Today I noticed that at the bottom of the screen, to the right of my user name and photo (in the same box), there was a small ...
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Factory Reset iMac won't boot into recovery mode

I today performed a factory reset on my Early 2009 iMac by going into the recovery mode, erasing the disk (as per this video). I then quit the disk utility application and proceeded for a fresh ...
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How to temporarily disable iCloud Private Relay for a specific website on macOS with Safari?

I know it's possible on iPadOS and iOS (source: How to Temporarily Disable iCloud Private Relay for a Specific Website on iPhone and iPad) but I can't find a way to do the same on Safari for macOS
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How to see a single notification's preview after setting "show previews" to Never on macos

On iOS, pressing and holding a notification shows the message contents even when "show previews" to set to Never. What is the macOS equivalent?
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How do I find out which app is using my Mic?

I'm running MacOS Sonoma 14.2 (23C64). My command bar looks like this — the orange dot says that the mic is on: If I click it, it says that the mic is being used by another user: If I click "...
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How to stop receiving spam emails from Apple?

Over the last couple of weeks, I have received several spam emails from Apple trying to get me to sign up for Apple Arcade or Apple Fitness+. It's very disheartening but not at all surprising that a ...
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Would these MacBook messaging issues be related to my accounts being compromised?

A few months ago I was on my Mac computer and noticed that when I went to text myself (I do this from time to time to save messages or photos I want to keep or come back to etc) that the “To” field at ...
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Blocking websites with Screen Time

I'm trying to block distracting websites using Screen Time. It seems I have to select the 'Limit Adult Websites' option and then add a restricted URL. I've tried to restrict YouTube but the settings ...
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Can I be assured that a calendar on my Mac is not shared?

I use the Calendar application vigorously. In some cases, I link a calendar from my workplace's Microsoft Exchange server. In other cases, I create a new calendar on my Mac. I have been working under ...
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How to disable all "Allow paste from" prompts?

When I open many apps, I get prompted "App" would like to paste from "Last app" Do you want to allow this? Don't Allow Paste Allow Paste I always want to select "Don't Allow ...
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DNS works differently in Private Browsing on iOS 17

Since upgrading to iOS 17, I've noticed I'm no longer able to visit my home server from my home network when in Private Browsing Mode in Safari. I'm fairly sure that the issue is that Safari is doing ...
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How to Prevent Accidental Touch pad Activation Triggering Privacy & Security Window on MacBook Pro 16

I'm facing a rather frustrating issue with my MacBook Pro 16. While typing, I often accidentally touch the Touch pad, which triggers the Privacy & Security window to pop up. This is becoming quite ...
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What data does WhatsApp see and use when you allow it to access contacts on iPhone

On iOS, what data does WhatsApp have access to if I allow it to see my contacts? I expect names and numbers. But does it also get access to addresses, Notes, etc? Does it use them in any way?
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Clear Safari data on iOS with ease

Clearing data of Safari on iOS need settings-scroll to safari-click-scroll to clear data button-click-click failed because it is still scrolling-click-confirm. Can there be an easier way?
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Exactly what information does a merchant get via Apple Pay when paying in person at a point-of-sale device?

Apple's Apple Pay security and privacy overview states (emphasis added): When you use Apple Pay in stores When you use Apple Pay in stores that accept contactless payments, Apple Pay uses Near Field ...
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Why do Apple devices send wi-fi Probe Requests directed to specific SSIDs, rather than undirected Probe Requests or passively listening for Beacons?

This seems to be related to known networks marked "Auto-Join", though that observation could be inconclusive. This behavior is a major privacy vulnerability since these SSIDs are broadcast ...
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How does iCloud Private Relay handle HTTP requests outside of Safari?

How does iCloud Private Relay handle connections that are HTTP in other browsers like Brave or Chrome? I know that it only masks your IP address completely when you're using Safari - but - it also ...
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On Mac OS, can apps with screen recording permission still record your screen even when they're not open?

On Mac OS, can apps with screen recording permission still record your screen even when they're not open? Or do they no longer have the ability to screen record once you've quit them? (That is, they ...
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How can one see what information is being shared when getting notified that “this allows the app in the websites to share information about you”?

I installed Adobe Premiere Rush on my iPhone 12, which runs iOS 15. When I attempt to login via Google, I get notified that: this allows the app in the websites to share information about you as ...
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Is there a way to disable FaceTime's access to the microphone?

Is there any way to disable FaceTime's access to my iPad's microphone? I don't just mean mute the mic during a call, but disable access entirely. FaceTime isn't included in my iPad's list of ...
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Unable to log into Hulu through Chrome because "Location is turned off in Mac System Preferences", but setting is on and still won't let me in

I am trying to log into Hulu with Chrome and it asks to share my location. I say yes. It goes to log in and I get a popup for a location request. I accept and the browser says my location has been ...
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How do I change my children's apple IDs so that they are anonymous?

I originally created apple IDs for my kids in a format like this: [email protected] Since then, I've become more privacy conscious and would like to replace these with anonymous accounts that ...
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How can I replicate the "give app permission to access documents" on the command line?

Following up from this question: What does it mean to give apps access to Documents folder on Mac? How can one replicate the "give apps access" process on the command line? I ask because I'm ...
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Microphone permission for an individual tab/webpage in Safari on Mac

So on my MacBook, I gave microphone access permission to a tab in Safari. Afterwards, I tried to revoke the permission, but could not find where the setting was. In System Preferences - Privacy and ...
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Private Relay addresses from "Sign in with Apple" can't receive emails? (!)

I've tried using Sign in with Apple to sign up with a web service, and I get assigned a @privaterelay.appleid.com address to use with that service as my username/login. When I try to actually email ...
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Mail Privacy Protection won't stay turned off after updates

I turn off Mail Privacy Protection on my iPhone (13 pro max iOS 16.4.1(a)) so that I can block all remote content, and after every iOS update my privacy setting has reverted. This feels disrespectful, ...
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Signal is disclosing peer-to-peer communication not sent through its own VPN to Google, or meta data thereof (i.e. call & duration, aliases & numbers)

Premise Signal is disclosing peer-to-peer communication not sent through its own VPN to Google, or meta data thereof (i.e. call & duration, aliases & numbers) covertly, and without explicit ...
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MacOS Ventura 13.3 apps don't show in Camera and Microphone Privacy & Security settings

I've been having issues getting apps to show in System Settings > Privacy & Security > Microphone & Camera, on MacOS Ventura 13.3. I have a iMac 27-inch, Late 2013, which I used OpenCore ...
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Cannot open files in Downloads folder by clicking

I recently migrated to a new mac using time machine. In the new mac, using 13.3.1 (22E261), I cannot open recently downloaded PDFs files in the Downloads folder. I need to open preview, and then ...
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how to format entire MacBook Pro (flash kernel + ram + disk ....)

I want to format everything. Is it possible without opening the device ? It's a MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2020, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports) running Ventura 13.3.1 (a) (22E772610a)
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System admin password not working

I have a 2019 Macbook Pro, Ventura. Recently, I've noticed that my system password (I am the only user, and I checked in Users & Groups) doesn't work to change my Privacy and Security settings. I ...
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How can I remove a MDM configuration profile enrollment when no profile exists?

A strange problem occurred after I clean-installed Big Sur on my company's 2019 MacBook Pro. My machine now asks for incorrect device enrollment credentials (this is not my company!): Before the ...
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