iOS 13 (and iPadOS) and security 2020

iOS 13 (and iPadOS) and security

 iOS 13 (and iPadOS)

The security and protection of privacy have improved a bit with the arrival of iOS 13 and iPadOS. This has improved Apple in terms of safety.

Marketing or not: iOS is without a doubt the mobile operating system where you have to worry the least about privacy and other misery, or you can worry about it. However, the introduction of iOS 13 led to some problems in this area, including the ability to view contacts without unlocking your iPhone (or iPad). The problem was quickly remedied with an update and (to be honest) it was not an extremely serious bug. If only because a potential digital ID had to have physical access to the device. Anyway, it was resolved quickly. And with that you can also use your iPhone under iOS 13 without worries. What is new is the possibility to log in to sites with your Apple account. You probably already know that option from Facebook and Google. If you sometimes visit a site where you need to create an account, In addition to an e-mail address, you can often choose to sign up with a Facebook or Google account. Unfortunately, you give away a lot of yourself, both companies live off selling user data and advertisements. Apple promises not to do that by registering with Apple. That promise in itself does not sound empty, because Apple is of course far from dependent on the measly trade in user data. Whether it will be a success depends in particular on whether websites embrace the new registration method. That promise in itself does not sound empty, because Apple is of course far from dependent on the measly trade in user data. Whether it will be a success depends in particular on whether websites embrace the new registration method. That promise in itself does not sound empty, because Apple is of course far from dependent on the measly trade in user data. Whether it will be a success depends in particular on whether websites embrace the new registration method.

Location

You will be in the new version of iOS (and iPadOS) often seeing the message that a certain app has used location data in the background. You can then give permission to continue doing this, or only allow this activity when using the app. For example, for a weather app, continuous access to the location is useful for displaying current, location-specific weather warnings. For a simple game, that information is usually not needed. In short: up to the hunger for apps and put everything in your hand. The same reasoning applies to Bluetooth; with very many apps permission is first requested for their use. Handy, because by refusing that permission, you prevent, for example, Bluetooth tracking via beacons in shopping malls and the like.

Outer Worlds

Strip photo location and block anonymous numbers

There are all kinds of useful privacy improvements in iOS 13 and iPadOS. This way you can - finally - erase location data from emailed photos. In the Photos app, select an image and then tap Options above it. In the panel that opens, you can set the switch behind Location to off. If you share the photo now, nobody can find out exactly where it was made. Nowadays not a superfluous luxury, because the thieves' guild is also happy to look at what can be found in the average living room or holiday home for things. Another practical thing in iOS 13 is the ability to simply suppress anonymous callers. To do this, start the Settings app and tap Phone. Then put the switch behind. Stop unknown callers and you will no longer be bothered by anonymous numbers. Be careful, because sometimes your employer also uses an anonymous number. And you also see that criminals and scammers increasingly use foreign numbers, so they are not filtered..

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