Apple’s iOS 15 has dropped. The latest version of the mobile operating system, and its iPad iOS 15.5 equivalent, is rolling out worldwide. Apple made the download available after announcing the iPhone 13 at its annual hardware event last week.
Even before its release, iOS 15 was controversial. Apple’s child safety tools were intended to be included in this update, but have been put on indefinite hiatus after a backlash from surveillance. This is the second year in a row that a new key feature has been missing with the launch of the new version of iOS.
Apple’s iOS 14 app tracking checks – which prevent advertisers from following you on your phone – were delayed until May 2021 and were included in iOS 14.5 after Facebook and other ad companies snapped up. complained about their impact. Although the complaints haven’t stopped Apple from making the changes.
Aside from child safety tools, there are still many new privacy and security features included with iOS 15. As with any new software update, you should install the new system as soon as possible. Updates often include more than new features and often overwrite new bugs and security vulnerabilities – last minute IOS 14.8 Update, released just before Apple’s iPhone event, shows how important installing new software is.
While Apple made iOS 15 available for download, it often takes a little while to roll out worldwide, which means it can take a little longer to reach some people than others. Here’s what you need to change when the update is installed on your phone.
Block email trackers
In iOS 14, Apple cleaned up app tracking. This time around, it’s the hidden trackers hidden in the emails you receive that are targeted. These trackers are most commonly seen as pixels inserted into the body, header, or footer of emails that return information about you to the sender of the email.
Apple’s new Mail privacy protection prevents email senders – most often those who send marketing emails and newsletters – from seeing your IP address and when you open the message. Instead, it will route your IP address through multiple proxy servers and randomly assign you another IP address. Email privacy protection is not enabled by default, instead you want to access Settings, Mail, Privacy protection and activate the option for Protect email activity.
See what apps are doing
Apple added a Application privacy report in the Privacy section of Settings in iOS 15 – activate it by pressing Record application activity and activate the option. The privacy report gives you a quick overview of which sensors on your phone each app has used in the past seven days and which domains it has logged into during that time.
You’ll be able to see how many times an app has accessed your photos, camera, microphone, and contacts over the past week (if you’ve given them permission). This gives you the ability to check, for example, if an app really needs to use your microphone to work. If an app isn’t using the permissions you’ve given it, it’s probably worth disabling them, at least temporarily.
Hide your IP address
In September 2017, Apple introduced Intelligent Tracking Prevention (ITP) for the Safari web browser as part of iOS 11. ITP is the way Safari is used to block online tracking that follows you around the web as you browse. . Domains track your browsing, then delete data stored on people’s phones.
Technology has evolved over the past four years, and with iOS 15, Apple offers the ability to hide your IP address from trackers. This means that websites cannot turn your IP address into an identifier, which they can then use to log all of your browsing. To enable IP address masking, go to Settings, Safari, Hide IP address then activate the toggle to Trackers and websites.
Use Apple Authenticator
One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from hacking is to activate two-factor authentication for all your online accounts. More often than not, with two-factor authentication, you’ll need to enter a code – often app-generated or sent by text – next to your password to access your account.
Codes sent by SMS are not as secure as those generated by an application. With iOS 15, Apple introduced its own authenticator, which means you don’t have to use an app from another company. That way you can, if you prefer, stay locked into Apple’s ecosystem. You can configure verification codes in Settings, Passwords. They can then auto-populate when you log into a site using Safari.
Protect your navigation with Private Relay
Apple bundles some of its more advanced privacy options with its iCloud + subscription. In addition to the increase in online storage available with iCloud +, there are also four privacy and security features just for those who pay. This is the latest extension of Apple’s push into services.
The first is Apple’s iCloud Private Relay, a VPN-like service that routes your web traffic through multiple servers and keeps your location private. Your web traffic is routed in two directions: This prevents anyone, including Apple, from being able to determine what you are watching online. The first part involves Apple-owned servers encrypting the URLs you visit and then removing any information linked to them that could identify you. And at the same time, another company – Apple says it works with “trusted partners” – will assign a temporary IP address.