Simple iPhone hack reveals which apps are spying on everything you do

Simple iPhone hack reveals which apps are spying on everything you do

Your iPhone can reveal exactly how apps use your most private information.

A smart iPhone hack – which has only been possible since last year – could highlight the dangers of oversharing.


Your iPhone has a very useful report that can detect dodgy app behaviorsCredit: Apple

It’s called App Privacy Report, and it’s hidden in your device Iphone Privacy settings.

Apple explained that, “The App Privacy Report helps keep you informed of the ways apps are using the privacy permissions you’ve given them, as well as network activity.”

It’s only available in iOS 15.2 or later, so make sure you’re updated by going to Settings > General > Software Update.

Then find it by going to Settings > Privacy > App Privacy Report.

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You’ll need to actively turn it on, at which point it will start collecting information about how apps use your private data.

“The App Privacy Report only starts collecting information after you launch it, so it may take some time for details to appear,” Apple said.

You will see more information as you continue to use the apps on your device.

“The data in the app’s privacy report is only encrypted and stored on your device.”

You can turn it off at any time using the same process.

Turning it off will erase data from your device.

What’s in the iPhone Apps Privacy Report?

There are two main areas that the report focuses on.

The first is Access to data and sensorswhich monitors when an app accessed “privacy sensitive data or device sensors” in the past week.

This may include details about an app’s access to your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts, and more.

If you click on an app and data type, you will be able to learn more.

A lot of apps will legitimately use this information.

For example, Apple Music may need your contact data to show your profile picture.

The second focus is network activity.

This will include information about the domains the apps have contacted – or the websites you’ve visited within the apps.

Apple explained that “a domain is the name of a website that is allowed to be found on the Internet.”

“This information also helps provide visibility into areas that may collect data about you across different apps and websites.”

You will see domains that have been contacted within the past seven days.

It can include clicking on an article in an app or playing a video.

You will also see frequently contacted domains across all your apps.

But you will not receive a report on network activity from private browsing sessions within browser applications.

All of this should give you a good idea if the app is abusing your confidence.

“The App Privacy Report is designed to give you a clearer view of how apps access your data,” Apple said.

“If an app appears to be accessing your data in a way or at a time that you weren’t expecting, you can update your privacy settings or revoke the permission.”

It is possible to check the app’s privacy report at any time, and as often as you like.

Make sure apps don't secretly collect your private information when they shouldn't


Make sure apps don’t secretly collect your private information when they shouldn’tCredit: Apple

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