The first time you open a new app on your iPhone (
$ 699 at Apple
) you are bombarded with prompts and requests, where everyone asks for access to different parts of your private information. I know that I am guilty of reflexively approving these instructions. The problem with my approach is that I give the apps full access to my personal information such as my location, my contacts and more.
If you have given little good to your approvals, I have good news: your decision is not permanent. Adjusting your privacy settings and keeping your personal information private is a simple task. You just have to take the time to do it.
Here are two ways to check the privacy settings on your iPhone.
Take a few minutes to browse through the list of apps for each category and only give access to the apps you want. Please note that the next time you launch an app after you revoke the permission (s), you may see a prompt asking for access. So don't just tap through the prompt without reading it.
I recommend taking the time to carefully read the section Location Services . I was surprised to see how many features Apple has added to this section that are not specific to an app.
Apple, for example, released iOS 13.3.1 last month, which (among other things) included a new switch to disable the U1 Ultra Wideband (UWB) chip from the iPhone 11. The chip gives the iPhone the possibility to find exactly another device, such as the rumors Apple Tags. Researchers had discovered in December that the chip was constantly following the location of users and there was no institution to completely disable it. To disable it, open Settings > Privacy > Location services > System services and disable Networks and wireless .