A simple iPhone hack exposes apps that spy on everything you do

YOUR iPhone can reveal exactly how apps are using your most sensitive information.

A clever iPhone hack – which has only been possible since last year – may reveal the dangers of over-sharing.

Your iPhone has a very handy report that can reveal shady app antics

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Your iPhone has a very handy report that can reveal shady app anticsCredit: apple

It’s called App Privacy Report and it’s hidden in your iPhone Privacy Settings.

“The App Privacy Report gives you insight into how apps are using the privacy permissions you’ve granted, as well as their network activity,” Apple said.

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 must actively turn it on. At that point, it starts collecting information about how apps are using your private data.

“App Privacy Report only starts collecting information after you turn it on, so it may take some time to show details,” Apple said.

“You’ll see more information as you continue to use apps on your device.

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

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

Turning it off will erase data from your device.

What does the iPhone app privacy report contain?

There are two main areas that the report focuses on.

The first is Data and sensor accesswhich monitors when an app accessed “privacy-sensitive data or device sensors” in the past week.

This includes details about an app accessing your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more.

You can learn more by tapping an app and data type.

Many apps legitimately use this information.

For example, Apple Music may require contact information to display your profile photo.

The second focus is network activity.

This includes information about domains that apps have contacted – or websites that you have visited within apps.

“A domain is the name of a website that makes it possible to find it on the Internet,” Apple explained.

“This information also helps provide visibility to domains that may be collecting data about you across different apps and websites.”

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

This can mean clicking an article or playing a video in an app.

You’ll also see top contacted domains across all your apps.

However, you will not get a report on network activity from private browsing sessions in browser apps.

All of this should give you a good idea of ​​whether an app is betraying your trust.

“The App Privacy Report was designed to give you more transparency into how apps are accessing your data,” Apple said.

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“If an app accesses your data in a way or at a time you didn’t expect, you can update your privacy settings or revoke permission.”

You can review your app privacy report anytime and as often as you like.

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Make sure apps aren’t stealthily collecting your private data when they shouldn’t beCredit: apple

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