Things To Do on Your iPhone to Stop Government Spying

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Things To Do on Your iPhone to Stop Government Spying

In an increasingly chaotic and frightening world, more people than ever are concerned about the government surveillance. Surveillance is probably easier than ever before thanks to the wealth of data captured and stored on devices like the iPhone. From our communications to the locations we visit to our social networks, our phones contain a lot of sensitive information about us and our activities.

Luckily, they also contain features that help us protect our digital privacy and prevent government spying.

Check out these tips for keeping your data and your activities private.

DISCLAIMER: While these tips can help protect your data and your phone, I’m not a security consultant, nor do I have inside knowledge of how the government conducts surveillance. Government surveillance techniques change much faster than the general public’s knowledge of them. As such, the extent of the protection offered here is necessarily limited. 

Se​curity for Web, Chat, and Email

Communications are one of the key things that surveillance seeks to gain access to. Encryption and taking certain precautions with the apps you use can help.

Use a VPN for Web Browsing

A Virtual Private Network, or VPN, routes all of your Internet browsing through a private “tunnel” which is protected with encryption from surveillance. While there have been reports of governments being able to crack some VPNs, using one will provide more protection than not.

To use a VPN, you need two things: a VPN app and a subscription to a VPN service provider who provides the encrypted access to the internet. There’s a VPN app built into the iOS, and numerous options available in the App Store, including:

Always Use Private Browsing

When you browse the web, Safari tracks your browsing history, information which can be relatively easy to access if someone gets access to your iPhone. Avoid leaving a trail of web browsing data by using Private Browsing. This feature built into Safari ensures that your browsing history isn’t saved. Turn the feature on by following these steps:

  1. Tap Safari
  2. Tap the two-squares icon at the bottom right
  3. Tap Private
  4. Tap + to open a new Private Browsing window.

 

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