Want to add some extra on-device security to Signal? You can protect your conversations in Signal with a passcode lock feature, allowing you to require face ID or Touch ID to access Signal conversations.
Location Services are enabled by default on the HomePod, so that if you ask HomePod or HomePod mini things like what the weather is, it will be able to tell you. But if you’re not actually making use of location features, or if you’d rather have some more privacy, you can turn the location features … Read More
Need to check the sha256 hash of a file? You can easily check the SHA 256 checksum of any file in macOS from the command line. We’ll cover two different command line tools to verify a sha256 checksum on the Mac, and both come preinstalled with all modern versions of MacOS.
Apple’s HomePod and HomePod Mini smart speakers are always listening, waiting for your “Hey Siri” command so that it can quickly follow orders to get things done. Some privacy buffs may wish to temporarily or permanently turn this listening feature off, depending on the scenario or their use case of a HomePod, and that’s what … Read More
Have you ever wanted to check the kind of personal data that’s collected by a particular app during usage? Specifically, the data that’s used to track you or link to your identity? Apple makes it easy and straightforward for its users, putting people’s privacy at the forefront.
Sometimes emails include formatting and images to make an email look better or more presentable, like an email newsletter. But did you know that some of those remotely loaded images can also serve as trackers that let the sender know the email was opened? If you were not aware of this, you’re certainly not alone. … Read More
Do you want to prevent certain apps installed on your iPhone or iPad from accessing your cellular data? Many people have limited cellular data plans, so it’s easy to see why you might want to limit or throttle some apps cellular data usage. Or perhaps you just want to prevent an apps cellular data access … Read More
Do you want to hide your phone number for new iMessage conversations started from the Mac? This is something that a lot of users may wish to do for privacy reasons. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that you can easily do this on your Mac.
Do you want to disable FaceTime on your iPhone or iPad completely? Apple gives users the option to turn off the FaceTime functionality on their devices, so whatever the reason you want to turn off FaceTime, you can do that.
Resetting an Apple ID password can be annoying, though it’s made much easier if you have access to a device that you are already signed into. Without another device though, the process of resetting an Apple ID account login can be frustrating, but a Recovery Key makes this situation easier. You can generate a Recovery … Read More
Apple has introduced a neat new privacy feature called Hide My Email, which, as the name implies, hides your email during service signups. This feature was introduced alongside iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 software updates as part of the company’s new iCloud+ service that focuses on user privacy, and is included in all existing paid … Read More
An interesting privacy feature allows iPhone and iPad users to have complete control over which apps can access the photos on their device. If you’re interested in limiting which apps can access your device photos, read along.
Are you a frequent user of the native Translate app on your iPhone? Perhaps, you travel a lot or reside in a foreign country where you’ll need to translate your first language? If so, you may want to clear your translation history every now and then, similar to why anyone would want to clear their … Read More
If you want to change your MAC address in macOS Monterey or Big Sur, you can use the traditional method to spoof a MAC address, or you can use a slightly easier approach by using a command line tool called spoof-mac. We’ll be covering the mac-spoof method here, which relies on HomeBrew.
Resetting your Apple ID password is normally a pretty easy task, but if you don’t have access to the device that you’re already signed into, things could get super complicated and inconvenient. However, Apple offers another option with an Apple ID recovery key, which can be used to reset an Apple ID account as well.
Want more privacy on Instagram? If so, you might consider turning an Instagram account private, otherwise by default anyone with or without an Instagram account can view your profile, photos, and videos. Fortunately, this can be changed.
Do you want your notifications to stop showing previews on your Mac? Perhaps you want more privacy for the messages or emails you receive? Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to disable notification previews in MacOS.
Are you getting unwanted messages or texts from a random phone number? Or perhaps, it’s just an annoying contact who’s overloading your inbox on iMessage? Either way, you can easily block text messages on the iPhone, preventing your Messages app from getting any contact or communication through the block.