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 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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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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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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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 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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How to detect spy/keylogger software? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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IOS 10 warning: Using a hidden network can expose personally identifiable information

I am aware that 'hiding' a wifi network/SSID does not make the network MORE secure, but Apple's warning on IOS 10: Using a hidden network can expose personally identifiable information seems to ...
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Change accessibility setting on Mac using terminal

I would like to grant accessibility permission to some apps on Mac using Terminal as per this intruction https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT202866 which is the accessibility tab in System Preferences ...
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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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Is picture location info retained when I share a photo?

When I send a picture to a friend (e.g. via Messages, Mail, or Tweet), is the location information in that photo preserved? In other words, can they see where I took that photo? What about when I use ...
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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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Selling my broken Macbook. How to make sure there's no personal information on the hard drive?

My Mac won't turn on but I'd like to sell it for spare parts. How can I make sure there's no personal information stored on the hard drive for the buyer to retrieve?
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Is it possible to erase sensitive data from a dead Retina MBP SSD?

My Retina MacBook Pro has died spectacularly after just over 30 days with what appears to be an SSD fault. No boot, no recovery, and after internet recovery, Disk Utility can't see the SDD at all. I'...
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Multiple Apple ID in Messages.app

We use two independent Apple IDs in Messages.app, which I want to keep private. But if I log out of one and log in with the second one within Messages (not the computer itself, but the Apple ID in the ...
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Privacy policy URL for app

I've read through Apple's policies of whether or not to include a privacy policy URL for my app and i'm still unsure. If you're currently NOT signed into GameCenter App or in Game Center in Settings ...