Privacy Tips

How to only allow apps to see your location while you're using them in iOS 8

Prior to iOS 8, you only had two options when it came to sharing your location with App Store apps, share or don't share. That meant if you wanted an app to use your location while you were actively using it, but never in the background, you couldn't have both without changing settings. Now, you can have the best of both worlds by just changing a few settings.

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How to restrict who can follow your Facebook posts with Facebook for iOS

Facebook offers a following feature that by default lets anyone follow your posts. For most of us, this may only apply to public posts. However, some folks still don't like this behavior and prefer that only friends can follow and filter posts into their News Feed. If you don't want people you don't know to have the ability to follow you, you can quickly remedy the problem with Facebook for iPhone and iPad.

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

Guide access is an Accessibility feature that lets you lock the iPhone or iPad to a single app. For 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. Whether it's a writing app, drawing app, music app, math app, or a story, video, or reading app, guided access helps make sure that all attention remains on that app.

Note: Guided access can also be used by kiosks, restaurants, store, and other businesses to create a dedicated information or transaction device, and it can 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.

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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 recently missed. If, however, for privacy and security reasons, you prefer Notification Center not be accessible from the Lock screen, there's an easy way to disable it!

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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 iPhone and iPad

iCloud Keychain is part of iCloud an allows you to save passwords, credit card numbers, and forms for easier autofill later. It can even help you generate new passwords for new logins when you need help creating a stronger password. However, before iCloud Keychain can save your personal info, you'll need to enable it. And while it may not be the perfect password manager just yet, it is far, far better than nothing at all.

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