How To Improve Privacy Settings In Your iOS 7 Device

Still confused about whether to upgrade your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to the latest iOS 7? We recommend that you should upgrade as soon as possible. But once you do, here are some privacy settings that you may want to review.

1. Disable and Clear Frequent Locations

Apple tracks your locations and retains history of where you’ve used your iOS 7 devices last. Some people don’t mind this feature. But for those of you who do, you can disable the mobile OS’s Frequent Locations feature, which is enabled by default. This also helps improve the battery life of your Apple device.

To disable this feature, go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services> System Services> Frequent Locations. In addition to this, you can even choose not to provide Apple with your location information to help improve Maps.  Select one of the locations in History to view your frequent locations on a map. The Clear History option is at the bottom of the Frequent Locations screen.

You can disable all of the location services that are turned on by default. The cell-network search option, compass calibration, diagnostics and usage, location-based iAds, Popular Near Me, time zone, traffic and Wi-Fi can all be turned off individually.

Customizing what locations you want to share is also possible through Restrictions. In Settings>, click on General> Restrictions> Enable Restrictions. Enter your passcode twice to allow restrictions on Safari, FaceTime, Siri, iTunes Store, installing and deleting apps, and other settings. Scroll down to change the settings that restrict content by rating for music, podcasts, movies, television, books, apps, and Siri. Press the Websites option to limit adult content and restrict specific sites.

Scroll further to the Privacy section. This includes location services, contacts, reminders, calendars, photos, Bluetooth sharing, Twitter, Facebook and advertising. When you click on Location Services, you can allow or block changes, deactivate location services globally, or disable location for specific apps. You can access System Services at the bottom of the Location Services screen. .

2. Block callers in your contacts

On the iPhone, blocking is available in the Phone, Messages, and FaceTime apps. On the iPad and iPod touch, you can block callers in Messages and FaceTime. You won’t receive phone calls, messages, or FaceTime calls from the people on your block list.

In the Phone and FaceTime apps, open Favorites or Recents, click on the Info button to the right of the entry you want to block, scroll to the bottom, and select Block this Caller. You can also open Contacts, choose the entry, and then select Block this Caller. To block a sender in Messages, open one of their messages, press Contact in the upper-right, press the Info button, and then scroll to and press Block this Caller. To see your list of blocked callers, select the app in Settings (Phone, Messages, or FaceTime), and select Blocked. You can add a contact to the list by pressing Add New and then selecting the contact. To unblock a contact, press Edit in the top-right corner and then choose the entry.

3. Enable Do Not Track, and block cookies in Safari

The Do Not Track feature in iOS 7’s built-in browser relies on the voluntary cooperation of trackers, so it surely can’t be relied on entirely. Still, every little bit helps. To activate Do Not Track in Safari, open Settings and choose Safari. Press the toggle to the right of Do Not Track. To block cookies in Safari, select Block Cookies in Safari’s settings and choose either always, or “From third parties and advertisers.”

Scroll down Safari’s settings to find two other privacy-enhancing options: Clear History and Clear Cookies and Data.

4.View a link’s URL before you click

Press and hold a link to open a half-window that shows the link’s URL and four options: Open, Open in New Page, Add to Reading List, Copy.

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