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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Why is the System Preferences lock decorative and no longer preventing changes when locked?

If I recall correctly, the little lock icon in System Preferences used to prevent changes without unlocking it and providing username and password. Either my macOS is broken, or this isn't the case ...
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How to lock a browser with a password/passcode on iPhone?

Is there a way to make a Web browser on iPhone 11 Pro other than Safari to be lockable with a password or a passcode, even by any extension? That is, when you launch the browser, a password is ...
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What is sh in the accessibility permissions in Catalina?

Not sure what this is, but I upgraded from High Sierra and it asked me to enable it. This isn't on my Macbook Pro running Catalina. How can I tell if this is needed?
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Can I set up a way to load iTerm with or without Full Disk Access on the fly?

I really appreciate Catalina's "Full Disk Access" Privacy right for keeping software I run in iTerm out of things like removable volumes, photos, etc. However, sometimes I do need to use iTerm in ...
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Lock Screen Recording In Privacy (System Preferences)

I made a standard account to try to put a password to system preference. When I go to privacy, everything is locked except "Screen Recording". I can change "screen recording" without having to unlock ...
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Why are these corporate certificates pre-installed and is it safe to delete/“Never Trust” most/all of them?

I was going through this macOS Security and Privacy Guide repo, step by step, and found some good privacy tips. However, when I arrived at the Certificate Authorities section I got a little confused. ...
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Reset/Remove all entries in Security&Privacy>Privacy

How can I reset (which means remove) all entries in the System Settings > Security&Privacy > Privacy list?
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Completely disable geolocation on Opera 65

I would like to completely disable Geolocation (not even get a prompt to be asked to allow it) on Opera 65 on the Mac. I found this document on the Opera website which says Turning off geolocation ...
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How is it possible for Maps in iOS 13 to have location permissions set to “Whilst Using” but provide navigation instructions in the background?

Whilst taking a look at the apps that have permissions to view my location in iOS 13.2.3 from Settings/Privacy/Location Services, I've noticed that the stock Maps app is only listed as having access ...
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How to know if an iOS app does not access the internet via Wi-Fi or Cellular?

Is there a clear indicator that an app does not access the internet via Wi-Fi or cellular? For instance in the Settings App there is an entry for every app installed on iOS 13. There you find an app ...
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Is it possible to prevent repeated location usage warning prompts in iOS 13?

I have a couple of apps which I have set to Always On location usage. I'm sure that's what I want, and it's not going to change any time soon. iOS 13 prompts me about each of them every day or two. I ...
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Why am I getting Universal Clipboard popups when I'm not typing anything?

I was just in the Weather Underground iOS app on my iPhone. I was not inputting text, I had just opened the app so it was showing me weather conditions for my current location. After the app ...
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Little Snitch uninstalled properly but Little Snitch Helper still here

Long time ago, I uninstalled Little Snitch with the built-in uninstaller. I also ran CleanMyMac and checked all possible leftovers on Hard Disk: /Library and inside Home Folder: /Library such as : /...
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Extend Catalina's privacy protection to other folders

In MacOS Catalina apps need to ask for explicit permission to access certain user folders (such as ~/Documents and ~/Downloads). Is it possible to extend this protection to other folders (e.g. a ...
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Does “Full Disk Access” include access to ”Files and Folders" Privacy settings?

In MacOS 10.15 new settings have been introduced in Security & Privacy that allow the user to determine access to files and folders for specific applications. For example access to the 'Desktop' ...
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Steam.app would like to receive keystrokes from any application

I just installed a new version of Steam on macOS Catalina 10.15 (19A602) and got this unexpected request: Keystroke Receiving Steam.app would like to receive keystrokes from any application I ...
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Mail on macOS Catalina: Disable “Load remote content in messages”

In previous versions of Mail on macOS, there was an entry in Settings that read "Load remote content in messages". I'd like to disable loading remote content. Is that possible to do in Catalina, ...
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Manually create Apple hidden e-Mail addresses @privaterelay.appleid.com

I would love to create a handfull of private/disposable e-Mail adresses with my Apple ID - i can manage and see right here: https://appleid.apple.com/account/manage If i sign in for example at pocket....
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I can't check or uncheck items in Security & Privacy > Accessibility on macOS Catalina

Since I installed macOS Catalina I can no longer check or uncheck some items that appear under Security & Privacy > Accessibility. First I click on padlock button on the lower left side of the ...
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Shortcut to Clear History and Website Data

Clear History and Website Data for Safari is deeply hidden in Settings. With the new Shortcuts App in iOS 13 I was hoping I could create a shortcut for that. Unfortunately I couldn’t figure out how. ...
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What is the host “xp.apple.com” for and what is sent there?

Ever since I have installed a Pi-hole DNS/DHCP server at my home, I see the host xp.apple.com pop up as one of the most blocked hosts. The amount of lookups attempted is ridiculous, at around 10% of ...
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What is the difference between Full Disk Access and Files & Folders access in Catalina?

From security preferences pane we see below info: What is restricted internally for each of these? Files and Folders access: Allow the apps below to access files and folders. Full Disk access: ...
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MacBook Pro 13" Touch bar - Privacy > Accessibility list not working

My MBP with Mojave 10.14.6 doesn't let me add apps to the Privacy > Accessibility nor to Privacy > Full Disk Access in the System Preferences > Security & Privacy pane. Many devices ask me to do ...
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How does google maps know that I've taken pictures?

Yesterday I've visited a restaurant. The restaurant had a beautiful garden and colorful plants. So I took several pictures there. Today, Google Maps sent me a notification and offered me to share ...
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How to restart using an app without it accessing older data?

An app that I tried out a couple years ago somehow keeps identifying my old trial data (it required a signup with email, but now I'm trying to signup using a different email), even if I delete the app,...
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What are the risks of allowing apps to control my Mac? [duplicate]

CheatSheet App, for instance, is asking to be granted accessibility permission. I am sure that permission is required to make it work but what are the risks of allowing that permission?
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Is there a way to block email tracking services on Apple's Mail app OTHER than blocking all remote images? Any extensions?

I work in an industry context where I deal with numerous promoters who all love to include click tracking software on their emails (both for opening message/links), for example via MailChimp, Constant ...
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Why is there so much outbound traffic from Airmail 3 (from Bloop)?

I have been using Airmail 3 (highly regarded email client from Bloop that you get via the Mac App store) for some time now, but I am not sure how trustworthy they are. What concerns me about the app ...
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Protecting a user home folder using chmod and umask

I want to create a standard (non-administrator) user on my Mac, and ensure that they cannot access my files. Does the following make sense, and will there be any adverse consequences? sudo ...
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Create System Preferences URL to Privacy Files and Folders in 10.15 Catalina

In macOS you can create a link to the Automation section of the Privacy Pane in System Preferences by the following URL x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.security?Privacy_Automation ...
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OSX Can't remove microphone permission for one app “There was an error in security & privacy preferences”

I need to remove microphone permission for one app. But when I click to untick I get sent back to System Preferences with a pop up "There was an error in security & privacy preferences". All other ...
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Automation Item

in Mojave > System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy > Automation an Installer requires access to System Events. How to find out to which app this belongs and eventually (if wants to ...
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Apple Pencil app without any analytics or syncing or network use

I am looking for an Apple Pencil app that does not go to the internet for any reason. I want the convenience of the Apple Pencil. I don’t want data syncing of any sort Same with any analytics The ...
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possible malware called FISE in Accessibility (Privacy & Security)

I checked my Mac's security and privacy and noticed this entry FISE. When I click Show in Finder nothing happens. I've googled around and found no mention of it at all outside of spammy sites. Before ...
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Open System Preferences/Privacy/Full Disk Access with url

I can open System Preferences/Privacy/Automation on Mojave with the URL x-apple.systempreferences:com.apple.preference.security?Privacy_Automation What is the equivalent to open Full Disk Access? ...
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Authorship for scripts in Shortcuts app

Do the scripts that I create in iOS Shortcuts app contain information on who created them? If so, is there a way to share a shortcut I created without disclosing my authorship? Does it depend on how ...
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If you give your iPhone + Passcode to someone, what harmful things could they do to your data/privacy/security?

Assume you give your iPhone (iOS 12.2) + passcode to someone (e.g. teacher, law enforcement, airport security, etc.) for several hours, and then they give you your iPhone back. Assume the person is ...
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Privacy and Google Apps for iOS

I have installed Google's apps to view online spreadsheets on a new iOS device. I then receive an email from Google: "Your new Device doesn't have the latest Google apps". While I understand and ...
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Why is the MS To-Do App adding things to my reminders, and how do I stop it?

I have a corporate Office 365 account for work and have the Microsoft To-Do app installed to manage work related things. When I add a task, it seems to be added to my iOS reminders: I haven’t given ...
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What are the verifiable privacy features macOS provides?

Being tired of reading new privacy issues affecting Windows, release after release, and OEMs introducing their own privacy-breaking software (or vulnerability - such as the recent Dell remote ...
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Unable to completely uninstall Zoom meeting app

I am unable to completely uninstall the Zoom meeting app from my Mac running macOS Mojave. I once installed the Zoom meeting app. Then I deleted it from Applications directory. Now, every-time I open ...
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Disabled always use location for Google Maps, but I still get “Google Maps is using your location”

So basically, here are my settings for Google Maps for iOS (running on an iPhone): As can be seen Location is set to While Using, and Background App Refresh is turned off. But, still when I exit ...
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automating “Reset Advertising Identifier” is it possible?

I want to use osascript or some other way to automate "Reset Advertising Identifier" is it possible?
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Which iPhone app is connecting to e.crashlytics.com?

My iPhone tries to connect to e.crashlytics.com several hundred times a day (and this is just the time it is connect to my wifi), according to my Pi-hole. How can I identify the app that tries to ...
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iOS Hidden Photos: Keep albums from showing up in apps?

The hidden album on iOS is convenient, but how can you prevent the album and thumbnail from showing up in apps like Twitter or Instagram when tapping to open the album selector?
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Root User Can't run Files Off Desktop or Documents? Mojave 10.14.3

Anybody else have this issue with root in Mojave (10.14.3)? I have root enabled and I try to run a simple .txt/.png/.pkg off the root desktop. It doesn’t run, I get an error in Console “Unable to load ...
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Is there command to grant Full Disk Access for specific application?

You can allow an application to access data if you change settings in Security & Privacy → Privacy → Full Disk Access. Is there command to accomplish the same in terminal?
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Developing an app for offline music - violate Apple’s policy?

I recently felt motivated to start working on an app for offline music. I will be using YouTube API to let users search for songs and list suggestions, the option to play those songs and save them for ...
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Disable “Share Mac Analytics” with defaults command?

I'm trying to disable all analytics feature with the defaults command: Any ideas?
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Self-Renewing 'Automation' virus redirects Safari and Chrome through ads to bing. Renews through a memory alert

Running macOS 10.14.2. Safari 12.0.1. Symptoms: Safari redirects searches through proxy to bing Chrome redirects searches through proxy to bing In Privacy Settings, under Automation "Finder" with no ...