What you need to know
- Yesterday, Apple released iOS 13.4 to the public.
- It brought with it new security and privacy features for Safari on both iOS and Mac.
- Apple now blocks all third-party cookies by default.
Apple released iOS 13.4 to the public yesterday, and with it a swathe of new privacy and security features to better protect the privacy of its users whilst browsing.
The new release comes with several improvements to Apple's Intelligent Tracking Prevention features and also Safari on macOS. Apple's John Wilander described the changes in a blog post:
In a tweeted summary of the changes Wilander said:
This update takes several important steps to fight cross-site tracking and make it more safe to browse the web. First of all, it paves the way. We will report on our experiences of full third-party cookie blocking to the privacy groups in W3C to help other browsers take the leap.This update takes several important steps to fight cross-site tracking and make it more safe to browse the web. First of all, it paves the way. We will report on our experiences of full third-party cookie blocking to the privacy groups in W3C to help other browsers take the leap.— John Wilander 🇺🇦 (@johnwilander) March 24, 2020March 24, 2020
Full third-party cookie blocking also full disables login fingerprinting, which would be used to track which websites you're logged into and use it as a fingerprint. Wilander says Apple's new updates have also solved "cross-site request forgeries" and that all script-writeable storage will now expire after seven days as client-side cookies do.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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