Privacy Tips

How to lock attention to a specific app with Guided Access for iPhone and iPad

Guided Access is an accessibility feature in iOS that allows to you to lock an iPhone or iPad to one specific app. As long as Guided Access is enabled, only that one specific app can be used, and there's no way to exit it for the Home screen or any other app. Guided Access can be extremely useful in education settings, to help kids focus for learning math, language, and other skills, and for working with people on the autistic spectrum. Guided Access can also be used by kiosks and even be used to create a "guest mode" so you can hand your device to someone and let them use Safari, iBooks, Video, or a game without having to worry about them snooping through your personal information. All you've got to do it set it up and activate it!

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How to disable Notification Center on the Lock screen of your iPhone and iPad

Notification Center collects all of the notifications your receive on your iPhone or iPad into one easy to access place. By default you can even pull down Notification Center from your Lock screen to see any messages or other notifications you may have missed. However, if you prefer Notification Center to not be accessible from the Lock screen for privacy reasons, there's an easy way to disable it. Here's how!

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How to enable restrictions on the Apple TV

If you have kids in your home, it may be a good idea to enable parental restrictions on your Apple TV. Not only does it ensure that no one can rack up charges on your iTunes account on rentals and purchases, it can also set your mind at ease that your kids aren't viewing content they shouldn't be. Here's how:

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How to block FaceTime calls and iMessages on the Mac

If you're being stalked, spammed, pranked, or otherwise abused over iMessage or FaceTime, you can block that contact and prevent them from bothering you ever again, even on your Mac. It's simple, it's easy, and it's oh-so-gratifying. If there's an especially annoying someone you've been waiting to ignore, here's how to do it!

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How to enable the Guest User account on your Mac

There are lots of reasons to use the Guest User feature on your Mac. For most of us that'll be so others don't have unauthorized access to our files and settings. You can limit what they can and can't do fairly easily so you can be sure at all times that no one is doing things on your Mac that they shouldn't. Here's how to turn on the Guest User account:

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How to keep people from messing with the System Preferences on your Mac

When we first set up our Macs we tweak and adjust settings to suit our own personal preferences. The worst thing in the world is when someone comes along and doesn't respect our Mac. We've all experienced it from time to time. They pop into System Preferences like they own the place and start changing things like trackpad speed, display resolution, and who knows what else. We are left appalled when they're done. Luckily, OS X has a neat little trick to keep people from doing all these terrible things. Here's how:

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How to clear stored website data in iOS 7 Safari

Safari for iPhone and iPad stores data about websites for a few reasons, and most boil down to convenience and faster loading times. Unfortunately, this website data can take up quite a lot of storage over time if you never clear it out. Here's how to access it and delete it:

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How to block cookies and stop websites from tracking you in iOS 7 Safari

Some people may not want Safari to track their online activity and hey, we aren't here to judge. Some of us also just value our privacy and want to keep as much information as possible out of the hands of large companies. Regardless of the reason, iOS 7 makes it easy to block cookies and stop Safari from tracking your online activity. Here's how:

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How to enable (or disable) iCloud Keychain on iOS 7

There are some pros and cons to using iCloud Keychain. For example, it doesn't have a separate master password option, so once you unlock your device, anyone you hand it to can access all your passwords and credit cards. Also, the passwords it generates aren't particularly strong. It is, however, easy and far, far, better than nothing. Apple will ask you if you want to use it when you first setup your iOS device, but if you change your mind, or if you want to switch back or switch away, you can quickly enable it - or disable it - in Settings.

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Think someone is signing into your Facebook account? Here's how to find out with Facebook for iOS!

If you're curious about where your Facebook account gets signed in from, or you're suspicious that someone has been logging into your account without permission, there's a lesser known feature called Facebook sessions that can tell you exactly where your account is signed in from geographically, and in most cases you can even see what device was used. Here's how to access the feature with Facebook for iPhone and iPad:

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