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iOS 14: Here’s What This Security Update Means For iPhone Users

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iOS 14, Apple’s newest operating system update, will add many great features, as well as security and privacy changes.

Indeed, unlike other companies, Apple has put security and privacy at the center of its concerns in iOS 13, with the advertising slogan: “What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.”

Today, iOS 14 takes security and privacy to the next level. After attacking developers of applications that collect data from their users (Google and Facebook), Apple is increasing this pressure with new features.

iOS 14: Advertisers Lose Big

Advertising companies are protesting a feature in iOS 14 that gives users the ability to opt in or out of advertisers tracking them on apps in order to serve them personalized ads. This new feature is, of course, very favorable to the protection of privacy: before an application can track a user, this user will receive a notification indicating that “X wants to track you on the applications and websites belonging to other companies in order to provide you with personalized advertising ”.

Apple will allow users to choose between “Allow tracking” or “Instruct the application not to track you.”

Likewise, another big change in iOS 14 is that app developers need to be more transparent about the data they collect, which will give users more clarity on what information apps are harvesting in the background. . It will also give them more information to better manage app permissions.

Additionally, iOS 14 will notify users when an app is reading their iPhone’s clipboard. This update also excluded apps like TikTok, LinkedIn and Reddit, as they have previously been accused of spying on iPhone clipboards.

iOS 14: Users Win It All Down

Another important feature for security and privacy is a new indicator light in the status bar that indicates whether an app is recording you using your microphone or camera. This option already exists on MacBook, and will be even more useful for iPhone users.

It will also be a victory for Apple, which does not make money from advertising like its rivals Google and Facebook, and which has the entire ecosystem of materials, software and services allowing its famous “walled garden” to function. .

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