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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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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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Can MDM do things that violate one's privacy?

I know it can install apps, change settings on the Mac automatically. I’m concerned about things like: monitoring my screen without my consent decrypting TLS traffic send data to the server for ...
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Can't (re-)authorize any Accessibility apps on Monterey (12.6.3)

After a forced reboot (and another reboot for good measure), the applications I allow to "Accessibility" control under System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy no longer ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Allowing apps to access specified contacts

iOS has a feature of allowing only photos you select to be accessible from an app instead of allowing all photos. Is there a similar feature where I can specify which contacts should be available to ...
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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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iPhone MDM and private Data (Inventory vs. Private Device)

I'd like to ask if there is a difference how my personal data is managed on an iPhone. Private Device (enrolled manual MDM): Separate APFS volume, restrictions for the company which data can be ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Odd spotlight reindexing problem. Privacy List Error The item couldn’t be added or removed because of an unknown error

I realized a few days ago that my spotlight wasn't finding any files. It was only giving me dictionary definitions and siri website suggestions. I figured it needed re-indexing so I tried adding the ...
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How to securely delete individual files (documents) on the iPhone?

My understanding is that when files are deleted on a computer (and here, I am considering the iPhone a "computer"), those files are typically recoverable using forensic tools. I know there are easy ...
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Clearing data on a stolen iphone 5s when my phone has no network?

My phone has recently been stolen, I immediately went to my network provider and cancelled my network on the handset, I then found out I could remotely erase all data on the handset however it says ...
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Can app creators continue to access my data after I delete their app?

I know that once I have subscribed to a given app, that I have granted permissions to the author to access various bits of information. but,my question is - what happens when I delete the app from ...
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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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Is it possible to use screen sharing without the remote screen being visible?

Let's say I have 2 MacPros: MacPro at work MacPro at home I wonder if there is any way I could access my MacPro at work from home using the screen sharing method, without anything being visible on ...
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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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My mom offered to share her iPhone Health app data with me. Do I have to put MY data in iCloud to see HER data?

My phone says: "Health in iCloud is Turned Off The Health app uses iCloud to access health data that is shared with you. To receive invitations to share and view data, turn on Health in iCloud.&...
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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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Remove my full name from startup screen

Whenever I open the computer the login screen shows up with my account picture and full name. Is there any way to remove it or replace it with the account name or something like that?
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How does iOS app remembers my permission, even though I deleted it?

I noticed that at least one iOS app, remembered that I earlier gave it permission to send me notification and access my location, even though I have deleted it, and then re-installed it. What am I ...
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How does Apple know that I called Apple from an iPhone?

I called Apple from France at 0805 540 003. The robot said: “I see that you are calling from an iPhone. Are you calling about this iPhone?” Indeed, I was calling from an iPhone. How does the robot ...
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microphone and cable headset do not work in any app even though the micro is allowed under "Privacy" --> "Microphone"; no NFC scan either

Taking up for example the answer of Microphone not working on third party apps only (iPhone 6): Under Settings > Privacy > Microphone you'll be able to allow/deny each app that require the ...
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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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MacOS Ventura - Google Chrome not appearing in location services

I'm trying to enable Location Services for a site in Google Chrome, and it says that I must enable Location Services for Chrome in the system settings. But in the Location Services settings, Chrome ...
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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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