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Apple strengthens privacy controls to hide email and Internet IP addresses to avoid tracking online activities

IOS 14.5, which was updated only a while ago, includes a feature called “App Tracking Transparency”, which allows users to turn off program tracking and use footprints to prevent advertisers from using these footprints for advertising and other marketing purposes.
App tracking transparency is aimed at the majority of third-party apps. Apple announced on WWDC today that it will launch a new privacy control function to deepen the user’s own data access permissions and fully reveal what data a function will access. Under the circumstances, let users decide who to share data with. The new privacy control covers iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey and watchOS.

Hide IP address to prevent tracking

First of all, for the “Mail” App, the “Mail Privacy Protection” function will be provided. It will prevent the use of web beacons in certain emails to collect user information, and it will also hide the IP address, so the sender will not know you Whether the mail is opened or not, other online activities of the user cannot be tracked, and the location of the user cannot be traced through the IP address.
This is a good protection function for kind people, but it may affect the effectiveness evaluation of some e-newspapers and eDMs, but will it make it difficult for criminal emails or activities to be traced? This hasn’t seen anything to say.

Safari hides user IP

Safari has always had a “smart tracking prevention” function, such as preventing cross-site tracking, blocking all cookies, etc. Now Apple has strengthened this function in Safari, adding the function of hiding the user’s IP address to prevent users from being tracked. The three parties also have no way of knowing the user’s activities on various websites, thereby establishing a user profile.

Record App activities and check privacy fees


After the update, in Settings→Privacy, you will see a function of “Record App” activities. When enabled, it will store information such as when the app uses location, microphone, etc., and submit the “App Privacy Report” in a period of seven days. From this report, users can check which apps frequently use the permissions granted by you (for example, permissions to use the camera, microphone, location, contacts, etc.) to detect whether there is unreasonable access. In addition, the report will also sort out which third-party domains the App is connected to, so that users can know to whom the data may be shared.

Siri processes instructions on the device

We are very accustomed to using voice assistants. We may also know that smart assistants usually recognize our commands, connect to the cloud for comparison, and bring back the correct answer from the server. However, the voice recognition of Apple devices is directly recognized in the device by default, and the correct response is also processed on the device side. According to Apple’s description, this can avoid the problem of “unknowing recording” by the voice assistant.
Because it is processed in the device, even if you are offline, you can still use Siri to handle operations related to the device itself, such as setting alarms, controlling music, etc., and the reaction speed will be very fast, even if you give commands like a gun , Siri can still accept one by one in real time.

Launched iCloud+ with enhanced privacy

I just saw the launch of “iCloud+” and thought it was a service like increasing the capacity to 10TB. The result is not , it refers to iCloud, which has upgraded privacy features, including “iCloud Private Relay”, “Hide My Email”, and expand ” HomeKit Secure Video” support. And don’t add money for providing enhanced privacy.

“ICloud Private Relay” refers to the Internet privacy service built into iCloud, allowing users to connect and browse the Internet in a safer and more private way.
This means that when browsing the web with Safari, this feature will ensure that all traffic leaving the user’s device is encrypted, so that third parties, visited websites, Apple and Internet providers cannot access the packet during the round-trip process.
Then, the user’s request will be sent through two independent network repeaters: the
first network repeater will assign an anonymous IP address to the user, this address is only directed to their area, not the actual location .
The second network repeater will decrypt the URL that the user wants to visit and direct the user to their landing page.
Through the separate transmission of information, no one party in the process can identify the user’s identity
and the webpage visited at the same time .

“Hide my email” is something that iOS14 users should have encountered. When you choose to log in with your Apple ID, you will be asked whether you want to hide your mailbox during the process. This is an extension of this feature:
“Hide my email” Built in Safari, iCloud Settings and Mail App, users can create and delete any number of email addresses at any time according to their own needs, and know who has the right to contact them.

“HomeKit Secure Video”This allows users to connect more camera monitors in the home App, and ensure that the activities detected by the monitors are analyzed and encrypted by the connected Apple device. These videos will also be recorded before uploading to iCloud. Provide end-to-end encrypted storage space without additional storage space.

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