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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Macbook lists all WLAN-networks of another machine. How and why was they shared?

Maintaining my wife's MacbookPro, that never left the house over many years, i've found in the list of preferred WiFi-networks ALL networks, that i was ever connected to worldwide with another Macbook,...
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Can a photo editing app access my photos while running in the background?

I want to know: if we allow a photo editing app access to the photo gallery, can it access the photos only when actively being used, or even in the background? Can it upload my photos to its server in ...
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Does iOS Health app send your health data to Apple?

I am wondering if the biometric information collected by Apple's Health app stays local on my iPhone, or if it's being sent to Apple?
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What are these private keys?

If you run 'security find-identity -v /Library/Keychains/system.keychain' command from your terminal, you can see available/valid identities from your macbook with these private keys. What are ...
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How can I block an app from accessing my contacts?

An app that has access to the list of contacts is capable, without further notice, to upload that information to a server. (If it has internet access, that is, but most do.) I am concerned of the ...
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Is it possible to bypass the login password?

A friend tells me that on OSX, bypassing password and getting into user's files is very easy (especially when hard disk not encrypted, but protected with user's login password). He tells me this is ...
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Tell git not to use my GitHub account (Keychain) for public repositories - it's a privacy issue

Whenever some script or Git clones/pulls something from GitHub I don't wish to send my GitHub Account, if the repo is public. How to make sure I won't be authenticated with my GitHub user with ...
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iOS Supervised Mode vs Privacy

I am wondering how enabling supervised mode on an iOS device affects the user's privacy, especially with respect gaining access to data on the device without the user's consent. As I understand, ...
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Does Photos.app do facial recognition locally or are photos sent to Apple for processing?

Photos.app automatically recognizes faces in photos and groups them by person. Are photos sent to Apple for processing or is everything done locally on the machine?
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Privacy of “Hey, Siri” on Apple Watch

I recently got an Apple Watch Series 2 and discovered the "Hey, Siri" feature, where you can talk to Siri hands-free after raising your wrist. I know Apple made very clear statements about the privacy ...
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Is there a way to force tethered data to go through an iOS VPN, instead of passing through raw to the mobile carrier?

When tethering a cellular-capable iOS 10 device, the traffic from the remote machine seems to bypass the connect-as-needed VPN and go directly to the cellular network. Local iOS device traffic starts ...
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How to remove my email address, name, and purchase date from iTunes Plus files?

Any files that you purchase from iTunes (or obtain with iTunes Match) will contain your personal information: Is there a script that automatically goes through all music inside the iTunes Media ...
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Someone unauthorized is checking my phone

What does Settings > Privacy > Diagnostic & Usage Data mean? I think there is a chance that I am being watched.
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How to remove Calendar event without the sender's notification

Today I got an event request from a "fake ray ban" scammer/seller for my iCloud calendar. The calendar is shared/synced with my iPhone via iCloud. Unfortunately, when I pressed delete, the calendar ...
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How do I limit Gmails access to my phones contact info, specifically pictures?

I recently added/updated some pictures for my contacts within the built-in phone app. Gmail now somehow has those pictures, 1) how is this possible? 2) How do I limit Gmail's access to my contacts ...
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Do I have malware or viruses? [closed]

I have been having problems with my Mac for over a year now. I thought I had fixed this issue... for all that my limited computer knowledge would let me anyway, but it is back and seemingly different ...
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Can I hide a drive from the filesharing network, even from admin acct?

OSX 10.10 I have an external USB drive mounted on my computer. Can that drive be hidden from the network? If I want to make it invisible to another user on a different mac on the network (even with ...
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Does Apple have access to photo data in the cloud in order to optimise them?

In order for Apple to optimise the photos and videos on my devices, does it's cloud servers have access to the photo and video data? How else are they able to resize them? This is concerning for ...
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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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Can someone who registered my iPhone read all my text messages?

My ex-husband registered my iPhone and I have found out he has been using iCloud to check up on my every move (the iPhone he got me is connected to his iCloud account). Will he have been able to read ...
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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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In which part of iOS is the auto-erase feature implemented and how does it work?

I followed the Apple vs FBI case a bit, and I'm super curious how Apple implemented the auto-erase feature. Reading their documentation, it seems like it is as simple as erasing a key that is used to ...
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Can iOS be configured so apps do not create screenshots when the app suspends?

I notice in iOS, often times when I open an app, such as YouTube, the first thing that it shows is a screenshot of that app from one of the more recent things I was doing with the app. When I ...
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Privacy Issues. Are they able to recover my deleted files?

I bring my iPhone to the apple store and they noticed that there's a hardware problem. After 3 days I receive an update from Apple Store and they said that it is already for replacement. I deleted my ...
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How to secure my mail in iOS? [duplicate]

Can you please advise what is the best application for email encryption using iPhones and iPads?
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How to ensure Slack runs safely in sandbox?

For work I use my personal laptop and I am required to run Slack to keep in contact with coworkers however it occurs to me that this could potentially be used as an invasive surveillance tool unless ...
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iPad - erase data completely

I am selling my old iPad 4, in which I stored some private data. I have done erasing my iPad data and settings, is it true that all my data is really gone and completely unrecoverable? If not, what ...
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Personal information in sysdiagnose dumps on OS X

Sometimes after I've sent bug reports to Apple, they ask for a sysdiagnose dump, which contains a bunch of files with information about my system. While it's very useful for Apple to get this ...
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Multi user mac and iCloud data security

I'm currently using a shared Mac with other users. All user accounts are Administrators. I noticed that with sudo my files are accessible from other user, and I'm wondering if also my iCloud Data (...
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Spotlight Privacy

Is there a way to tell Apple's content indexer to ignore a folder and its children by creating a file (similar to robots.txt) in the root of the folder to be ignored? I don't want the folder to be ...
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Privacy fail? Spotlight shows the Safari pages read by other user accounts

Suppose you have two family members using the same computer, each with their own user account (Jack and Jill). Jill opens a page in her Safari browser (in her user account) for say: "Pregnancy test"...
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What user details are shared with publishers through Apple News?

Apple says that “News seamlessly delivers the articles you want to read in a beautiful and uncluttered format, while respecting your privacy, because Apple doesn’t share your personal data,”. What ...
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iPhone Contacts app Cross-References Facebook?

I just added two contacts to the contacts app on my iPhone (iOS 9.1) and after each I had a dialog asking me to enter my Facebook password, presumably so it could cross-reference this with my Facebook ...
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Can gamecenter friends see what apps I've installed on my iPhone?

I'm pretty new to iPhone. I was using Android for years and there was the problem that everbody could see if I've installed a app or not. How is this with the iPhone? Can anyone (for example friends ...
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Could microsoft remote desktop connection be used to spy?

I found a Program called Microsoft remote desktop connection on my mac but did not install it myself. Could somebody have been using it to spy on my computer use without my knowledge? Would I be able ...
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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 ...
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How to install gpg without Admin password

I have a monitored OS X laptop that I would like to put GNU Privacy Guard (gpg) on. Of course I can't because I don't have Admin rights, but I was hoping there is a way to install it in user space ...
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iPad 2 company installed monitoring malware

A company I used to work for installed tracking malware on my iPad 2. It monitors my emails, Facebook, changes my passwords, etc. I did a complete reset at an Apple Store, it is still there. The Apple ...
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Can Apple collect my used Mac's serial number and other hardware information if I use my Apple ID on it?

I am doing research on privacy, and I need to know if Apple has the ability to pull hardware/software information from a device that has used an Apple ID to log into it and make purchases off the App ...
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How does a Google iOS app save and restore active accounts across app deletion?

On an iOS 8 device, I installed Google Hangouts and upon first launch, it pre-populated an account that was previously associated with a different, and long ago deleted, Google app. Since I had just ...
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Does using an app send my IP address and device identification info to the app maker?

if I use an app, would I be giving info like my IP address and device identification like the MAC address to the app developer/owner?
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How to prevent apps from showing previews on lock screen in iOS?

When I receive a message I don't want the sender or a preview of the content be shown on my lock screen. Some apps (like iMessage and Mail) allow you to set this in iOS' Settings -> Notifications. ...
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What are the recommended steps to take before selling an iPhone? [duplicate]

I "lost" my iPhone at work, could not find it anywhere. I reported it lost, and got another through the insurance. A month later, I found it hiding in a file in one my desk drawers. The phone is just ...
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How to tell which websites take your MAC address of your iPhone/iPad when visiting?

how can you tell when viewing webpages, which ones are taking down your device info like MAC address, when you use an iphone or ipad? Or how to prevent that information being taken?
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How can I be notified when my boyfriend tracks my iPhone?

I would like to know how often my boyfriend checks where I am. Is it possible to be notified when he checks on me? In the country where I live, Find My Friends is not available.
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Does iOS send contacts to Apple servers?

When you go to a contact, you can see if that contact has FaceTime. How does the system determine this capability? The usual way that other systems like WhatsApp do it is by uploading/synchronizing ...
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Privacy aspects of Safari extensions

I'm wondering about privacy aspects of Safari extensions, or which pieces of information active extensions can obtain about my web browsing activities. Should I expect that an extension will generally ...
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Safari - Easy way to open a link in private window?

Is there an easy way to open links in a private window in Safari in OS X? With this, I mean copying the link and pasting it in a new private window not as being easy. In Chrome and Firefox, you can ...
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How to disable Incognito mode in Chrome?

For Mac OS X, how do you disable Incognito mode in Chrome? The desired result simply being that the user cannot browse in Incognito mode, even if they know the keyboard shortcut or something similar.
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How reliable and trustworthy are the Objective-See Security tools (KnockKnock (UI), Dynamic Hijack Scanner and BlockBlock)?

DHS found an issue Is this a false positive? Anybody else with the same message? I installed BlockBlock. What do you think about it? Do you trust those Security tools? BlockBlock (beta) ...