WBTV cyber expert says Apple makes huge leap in privacy protection

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -  We have told you before that your smart phone, every model, tells important clues about you and often there wasn't much you could do about it.  Well Apple heard your concerns loud and clear and they have made important changes to the new operating system.

Our cyber expert, Theresa Payton, reminds us all the time that we MUST update our operating systems and browsers frequently.

She says it is our best protection against the bad guys.  However, she was also excited to hear that Apple has done some work focused on your privacy.  She tells us about some of the hidden fun features in iOS6 for the iPhone, iPad, and iTouch that you might not have known about:


1.  PRIVACY:  Apple has leaped ahead of other phones by giving YOU more control over your private and personal data

a.  You get a better understanding of how apps share or look at your data

b.  You can get specific about "do not track"

Take 2 Steps in 10 minutes or less!  Go to the new Privacy tab and choose which apps get access to your phone's location data, address book, calendar, personal reminders and Bluetooth.

2.  Limit Ad Tracking: enable this feature and you are letting mobile apps know "do not track"

3.  UDID no longer passed to vendors:  They still do "device identification" but they create a unique number for a vendor that is tied to your device.  They also create a different one for apps to use and for online ads.  It's not perfect anonymity but offers another layer of protection between you and the outside world tracking you at the UDID!


-- Shh!  Don't tell the kids but you can check their Browsing history easier!

Go to Safari, press for a few seconds on the "back button" to display history!

-- No excuses!  Easy updates now available!  You don't need your app store password anymore to update your apps!

-- When you can't take that phone call - you have options!. When a call comes that you cannot take, tap on the phone icon in the lower right hand corner.  You will see several options!

-- VIP list:  Are there a few people in your life that you absolutely cannot afford to miss their calls or messages?  Set up a VIP list and their emails, texts, and messages will glide by on your screen and will also have a star next to them.  VIP mail will go into a folder so you can check those first.

-- Worried about privacy so photo sharing on Facebook got you down?  No more!  You have a private photo sharing option.  Select a photo and tap the share button.  File it in a "photo stream" and then designate who you want to see it via email.  This photo stream will stay set up for you and them so you can post pictures to it as often as you'd like!

For more information on iOS6, click here.


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