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iOS 11 privacy and security tips, tricks and settings on iPhone and iPad

Here we have a few tips for you to browse the internet more safely on iPhone and iPad running iOS 11.

These are the most important privacy settings in iOS 11. Are you new to iOS 11? The first thing you should do is take note of these iOS 11 privacy and security tips to lock down your device.

If you’ve just upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 11, or you’re new to iOS, it’s a good idea to review the many security & privacy features and settings this new version of Apple mobile operating system offers. Some of these features have been around for a while, and some are new. I compiled a comprehensive look at iOS 11’s new security features and how to configure them. Here are the most useful iOS 11 Privacy and Security tips:

 

Cross-site tracking prevention

If you browse the internet often and shop on different websites you will notice that some ads are related to your previous purchases or from websites you’ve been before. That’s how cross-site tracking works, it stores your browsing data and helps advertisers to serve you relevant ads. If you want to disable this feature here’s what to do:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Safari. You’ll have to scroll down to find it.
  3. Tap the switch next to Prevent Cross-Site Tracking. It’s down under Privacy & Security.
iOS 11 Privacy and Security tips
Cross-site tracking prevention

That was pretty easy to do. Read further for more useful settings and features that protect your privacy.

 

Block all cookies in Safari

Cookies are packets of information that websites store to remember you. Read more about cookies on Wikipedia. To block all cookies in Safari follow these easy steps:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Safari. You’ll have to scroll down to find it.
  3. Tap the switch next to Block All Cookies. It’s down under Privacy & Security.
iOS 11 Privacy and Security tips
Block all cookies in Safari

Ask websites not to track you when you visit them

While the cross-tracking prevention mentioned above is very efficient you can also get Safari to ask websites not to track you. To enable “Ask Websites Not To Track” feature follow the steps below:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Safari. You’ll have to scroll down to find it.
  3. Tap the switch next to Ask Websites Not To Track Me. It’s down under Privacy & Security.
iOS 11 Privacy and Security tips
Ask websites not to track you when you visit them

Enable fraudulent websites warning

Most of the time Safari can detect dodgy websites and by enabling this feature you will get a warning before visiting those websites. To enable “Fraudulent Website Warning” follow the steps below:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Safari. You’ll have to scroll down to find it.
  3. Tap the switch next to Fraudulent Website Warning. It’s down under Privacy & Security. Green is on.
iOS 11 Privacy and Security tips
Enable fraudulent websites warning

Allow and Deny camera and microphone access

Some websites like Facebook and Twitter might want to use your camera and microphone in order for you to do live posts and video calls. When a website asks to use your microphone or camera Safari will notify you to Allow or Deny. If you want to deny all websites here’s what you need to do:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Safari. You’ll have to scroll down to find it.
  3. Tap the switch next to Camera & Microphone Access. It’s down under Privacy & Security.
iOS 11 Privacy and Security tips
Allow and Deny camera and microphone access

Check if websites have Apple Pay settings

Safari can automatically check to see if the site you’re visiting supports Apple Pay. Here’s how to enable it:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Safari. You’ll have to scroll down to find it.
  3. Tap the switch next to Check for Apple Pay. It’s down under Privacy & Security.
iOS 11 Privacy and Security tips
Check if websites have Apple Pay settings

Clear your history and website data

If you don’t want people that you share the devices with to know what websites you’ve been visiting (wink) you can delete your Safari browsing data and history. This deletes all your cookies, login information, and browsing history. Follow the steps below:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Safari. You’ll have to scroll down to find it.
  3. Tap Clear History and Website Data.
  4. Tap Clear History and Data in the pop-up.
iOS 11 Privacy and Security tips
Clear your history and website data

To remove ALL website data:

  1. Tap Settings from your Home screen.
  2. Tap Safari. You’ll have to scroll down to find it.
  3. Tap Advanced at the bottom of the page.
  4. Tap Website Data.
  5. Scroll to the bottom and tap Remove All Website Data.
  6. Tap Remove Now.

 

I hope these iOS 11 Privacy and Security tips will make your internet browsing safer. If you have any questions comment below and don’t forget to follow me on twitter. We also have few iOS 11 battery saving tips for you to read and apply.

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