New iOS 14’s new privacy features, which by the way, destroyed Android’s privacy features, so let’s talk about the new iOS 14 privacy feature and compare them to Android.
So iOS has always been the more privacy-friendly OS. We all know that, and iOS 14’s privacy features are pretty amazing. There are other iOS 14 features that he came up with; you can check those on our website.
iOS 14 has completely changed; they have completely renovated all of the permissions that we use every single day. Below is the list of iOS 14 Privacy Features it came up with, it just destroyed the Android’s privacy!
List Of iOS 14 Privacy Features
1. Local network permissions
First of all, it has local network permission that we were not even aware of. When setting up the iphone for use after installing Facebook and open it up, a prompt popped up. Facebook would like to connect to other devices on my network. It means Facebook communicates, and it’s spying on the other devices that are on my network.
Now it’s not just Facebook, when installed PUBG mobile on iPhone, got the same local network permission prompt from PUBG mobile as well. They want these permissions on devices, which makes us wonder if they are taking this permission by default on Android also, as you can see even YouTube wants this permission.
2. User permissions
User permissions that we use every single day on iOS 14, you know every time an app is using the camera or the microphone. When you allow an app like Instagram to use the camera, you get a green dot on the top of your device just around the right of the notch. This lets you know that your camera is in use.
Same goes with the microphone, when the mic is active, you get the orange dot, so you know how we all have this conspiracy theory that apps are listing to us by Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.
They show us these ads based on what we talk about well these green and orange dots on the top we at least know when an app is using the camera or the microphone. That is good to know even the control center now shows you the app that recently took the camera or mic permission, and again it is convenient.
3. Photos Permissions
It is not just the camera or the mic permission iOS 14 make sure that no app has access to all of the photos or media on your phone. Generally, see when you install a photo rating app to say edit one photo or two i have to give permission to access all of the media stored on the phone. Shouldn’t the app be getting access to only that one or two photos that i want to edit? Well, no one thinks of this ever, but, iOS 14 brings the same feature to save our data.
When you try editing a photo on one of the photo editing apps on the iPhone, there are three options, select photos to allow access to all photos and don’t allow. Now when you choose photos, you want to edit. The photo editing app only gets access to that one photo or the photos you have selected; it works in every single app. You don’t have to give complete access to your photo library, or even the videos to any of the apps out there, how awesome are this.
4. Location Permissions
Next up in location permission has more control in iOS 14 see on the iPhone you don’t have to give every single app your exact location basically where you live or where you’re going. That is super useful, for example, you want to check into Facebook from time to time, but you do not want it to know exactly where you’re, and that’s where iOS 14’s new approximate location comes in.
So when Facebook asks you for the location permission like Android and iOS, you will get these three options to allow once, allow while using the app, and don’t allow.
This is fine but what’s interesting is a precise button there, so you can turn this off and then that blue dot will turn into a big circle which means the app is not getting your pinpoint location, it is getting an approx location which is fine because it is still listing you all the famous places nearby to check-in.
Now i know some apps like Uber will require my precise location so you can give them that permission from the settings. Either way, this is a super cool privacy feature. This way app does not know where you live, the places you go to, and any other personal detail.
5. Tracking Permissions
Now with more control and more functionality in the camera and mic permission, the location permission iOS 14 also makes it tough for companies and apps to track users. We know those specific apps trackers right, but can we do anything about it? Yes, now we can, on iOS 14 see the apps that track you they will have to ask you specifically if you want to be tracked.
In the privacy settings, there is a new tracking option where you can allow apps to request you to track. Even the WiFi settings there is a new option to use a private address which prevents network operators form tracking your iPhone by basically using a random MAC address. Now, this is the feature that’s present in Android but yes super useful.
6. Clipboard access notification
Another interesting thing is that iOS 14 now notifies you when an app of the widget accesses the clipboard without even asking for permission. So you can just copy something from notes. Now when you open the browser, it says on the top Chrome pasted from notes, which means it accesses the clipboard. Well, another thing we did not know, and this is useful because sometimes you have stuff like bank account details copy.
7. Safari Tracking report
Safari too has new privacy features now; it has got more secure and private how do you think it has tracking report feature which lists down all the cross side trackers that are being locked by the tracking prevention feature in Safari. Safari even blocks Google Analytics trackers; it’s is blocking Google from getting info.
8. Universal Sign in with Apple
With iOS 14, you will be able to sign in into more apps using sign-in with Apple. You will be able to upgrade your usual Google or Facebook accounts to sign in with Apple accounts; you will be able to sign in with apple and different apps with ease because it does not require to remember passwords, it only gives away your name and knows the details. Hence, it is a lot more private and very easy.
Apart from that, with the future iOS 14 updates, app store listings will have a separate privacy information section where you will see all the permissions and app is taking, and this is a feature that Android has added for quite some years.
Now when it comes to iOS 14 privacy features, iOS 14 on the iPhone is just way more impressive. People have this perception of iPhones being more private and secure; it is not a perception; it is true.
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