Private Site on iPhone and Mac: What is a feature for?


Apple conferences are also interesting because in addition to the presentation of major products, for example, the release of new versions of operating systems, new functions and services are presented to the attention of developers and ordinary users. They are not always in the spotlight, but after a while more information about them appears and interest increases. So, at WWDC 2021, the iCloud + service was presented, which received the “Private Node” function at its disposal. It sounds, frankly, not entirely clear. So will this “feature” be useful to users and how to work with it in general?

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First, let’s turn to dry officialdom. Here’s what Apple itself says about this feature when describing iCloud +:

“A private site is a service through which you can connect to any network and browse web pages in Safari as securely and confidentially as possible. This feature encrypts your device’s traffic using two separate intermediate nodes. Thanks to this measure, no one will know your real IP address, geographic location and browsing history in order to form a user profile. “

Is the Private Site feature paid?

Yes. The Private Site feature will only be available on iCloud + subscription plans.

Private Site on iPhone and Mac: What is a feature for?

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How do I activate or deactivate the Private Site feature on an iPhone or iPad with iOS / iPadOS 15 installed?

1. Open the application “Settings»And click on your name at the top of the main menu list.

2. Now follow the path iCloud Private node… To activate this function you will need to move the set switch “Private node“To position Included

Private Site on iPhone and Mac: What is a feature for?

Private Site on iPhone and Mac: What is a feature for?

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How can I change the settings of the “Private Site”?

Users have the option to choose the option to provide geographic information in the “Private Site” function while relaying the provided IP address. There are two options you can use. Here’s how you can set them up:

1. Follow the path Settings iCloud Private node Geo position IP-addresses

2. You need to choose one of two options: “Generalized geolocation” or “Country and time zone“.

Private Site on iPhone and Mac: What is a feature for?

Apple explains these options this way. When you use the aggregated location of your IP address, websites in the Safari browser will offer content for your region. But the geolocation, taking into account the country and time zone, is already less accurate.

Finally, we remind you that in the new iCloud + service, in addition to the above-mentioned “Private Site” function, there is another useful opportunity to preserve confidentiality – the “Hide e-mail“.

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