APPLE’S iOS 15 software will be rolling out for everyone later this year and it comes with some great new features.
One of the most exciting features coming to iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey is iCloud Plus and it adds some important privacy updates.
Privacy Relay works like a VPNCredit: source
Private Relay is one of those important privacy features.
It works like a VPN service to stop companies, such as Facebook or certain retail websites, from tracking you online.
You need to make sure your device is updated to iOS 15, iPadOS 15 or macOS.
The wider general public won’t be able to update to this until later this year.
But developers and those who want to sign up for the Apple Beta Software Program could trial it now.
How to use Private Relay on iPhone, iPad and Mac
Once you’ve installed the relevant software, Private Relay is pretty easy to set up.
On your iPhone or iPad, go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Private Relay and then switch Private Relay on.
On your Mac, go to System Preferences > Apple ID > iCloud and then click the Private Relay box.
Private Relay gives you the chance to pick you IP address location.
You can pick a general location or a broader one such as a country.
That means any websites tracking you for advertising purposes may know where you’re located generally but nothing specific.
The greater your anonymity the less accurate the online content you’re shown may be.
Private relay strips any identifying IP address information and gives you a more general online identity.
It can only be used with Safari and can’t be used for popular VPN activities like trying to stream Netflix content from another country.
It’s also unavailable in a number of countries where the law doesn’t permit such activities.
These include China, Belarus, Colombia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkmenistan, Uganda, and the Philippines.
In other news, nine apps have had to be removed from the Google Play Store after they were caught stealing Facebook passwords.
Facebook is facing backlash in the US over plans to create a version of Instagram for children under 13.
And, influencers who don’t clearly state if they’ve edited photos which are advertisements could be fined or imprisoned in Norway due to a new law.
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