Apple publishes security guide to protect against other people’s access to your data
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Apple has released a comprehensive guide on how you can check if your data or devices are being viewed by others, along with preventative measures and how to lock people out when needed.
While Apple continues to champion privacy through features like the App Store’s “nutrition labels”, it has also released a guide that clearly describes the risks of misuse of our data. “Device and Data Access When Personal Safety is at Risk” is an in-depth publication that explains all of the security options available, how to use them, and when.
“If you are concerned that someone is accessing information that you have not shared from your Apple device, this guide will also help you identify the risks,” the post on Apple’s support site states, “and will walk you through the steps to help make the technology you rely on as private and secure as you want it to be. “
It has already been praised by Eva Galperin, director of cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Tweet about her personal account, she noted that the guide is particularly useful for survivors of domestic violence.
This manual has a very boring name, but it’s the best guide to locking down your Apple devices, especially for domestic violence survivors: https://t.co/wIoVN2pphj
– Eva (@evacide) December 18, 2020
Galperin added that “the person you trust today may not be the person you trust tomorrow”.
“Couples separate, marriages end, roommates move out,” she continued. “If you are creating a product that allows you to share your data with other people, you also need to make it easy to lock it down.”
The guide has sections on general privacy settings, as well as specific details on a wide range of issues, from location tracking to calendar sharing. It also contains a series of checklists that guide you to prevent access, stop sharing, and keep your location private.
“Apple makes it easy to connect and share your life with the people closest to you,” the guide explains. “What you share, and with whom you share it, is yours, including the decision to make changes to better protect your information or your personal safety.”
The guide is available on Apple’s support site, but has yet to be promoted by the company anywhere. However, Craig Federighi recently said that Apple’s privacy labels were only part of “something really ambitious” for the company.