Is your iOS device secure and protecting your privacy?
iPhones and iPads are susceptible to many privacy and security threats. Making matters worse are applications that act like giant data vacuum cleaners – quietly suck up as much of your data as possible. Private data is collected and sent back to the parent company for analysis, storage and sale to third parties (browsing history, social media activity, physical locations, contacts, messages, etc.).
There’s also a growing security and privacy app industry. Unfortunately many of these apps are dangerous and invasive – such as free ad blockers that sell your data and partner with advertisers. There are also many free VPN (virtual private network) apps that contain malware, tracking, and other privacy threats – see the free VPN guide and the VPN Warning List for more information on these dangers.
But not to worry – there are good solutions that do not involve downloading a bunch of shady privacy apps.
This guide will show you how to make your iOS device as secure and privacy-friendly as possible with the following five steps…
Step 1: Delete those iOS apps
Given that most applications are harmful to your privacy, consider deleting everything that is not absolutely essential. Here are a few categories of apps that are especially problematic when it comes to privacy:
- Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Games (Angry Birds, Words with Friends, Despicable Me)
- Weather (GO Weather Forecast & Widgets)
- Transportation (Uber, Lyft, etc.)
- Messenger/Photos/Chat (Snapchat, WhatsApp, QQ)
- Drawing/photo editing
You should consider most apps as potential privacy threats. With bad apps, you might not find out they’ve stolen your data or messed up your device until it’s too late.
So if it’s not absolutely essential to your life, just delete it.