Apple’s iOS 6 Improves Privacy

So, Apple’s new Maps app isn’t that great, but one of the things they got right with iOS 6 is the revamping of their privacy settings.

First off, it’s a lot easier to find the settings and make changes. Second, the revamp gives you more control over things like tracking. And third, Apple fixed a bunch of vulnerabilities, including measures to prevent data-gathering vendors and malicious hackers from getting at your personal information.


Where It’s At

All the privacy stuff is now under Settings, with it’s own tab even. Contained in the Privacy tab is Location Services, which allows you to select which apps can and cannot access your current location. There’s also a bunch of other types of data that will now need user approval for data sharing, including things like Contacts, Reminders, and Bluetooth information. You won’t find those kinds of options in Android’s current OS. Not to hate on Android or anything. There’s still a few Ripplers who haven’t gone ape for Apple devices, and the rest of us don’t shun them or anything.

Limits on Tracking

iOS 6 allows you to set limits on advertising tracking by going to Settings > General > About > Advertising > Limit Ad Tracking. Enabling this puts up a kind of “flag” that tells apps you don’t want to be tracked. Advertisers can still identify some stuff about your device, but what they see is limited to operational things and not personal information. It’s a good move for Apple, who have caught some flack for the vulnerability created by the use of Universal Device IDs (UDIDs) in previous versions of their iOS. We won’t go into what the difference between those UDIDs and the new UUIDs. App developers will get it, but the average user should just know that their personal information is a heck of a lot more secure running iOS 6.

Other Good Stuff

iOS 6 also fixes a bunch of security flaws. Some of which are serious business, like people being able to bypass your lock screen. iOS 6 is available for the Apple iPhone 3GS and later, iPod Touch 4 or later and iPad 2 or later. You may not like Apple Maps, but there are plenty of other decent navigation maps (we like Waze) for when you want to be tracked. There’s also a work around for getting Google Maps back, explained here.

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