Apple has patched an important security vulnerability with the release of iOS 9.3.5. The iOS update comes just weeks after iOS 9.3.4 closed off the Pangu jailbreak earlier this month. Details regarding the latest security fix have surfaced and Apple has released an official security document on the matter. So should iOS users rush to update?
No, Apple does not keep user profiles based on Internet searches.
Apple's senior vice president of Software Engineering, Craig Federighi, explained at WWDC 2016 that "All of this great work in iOS 10 would be meaningless to us if it came at the expense of your privacy." He went on to declare that Apple does not profile users based on web browsing.
Apple announced it would employ differential privacy with the release of iOS 10. Essentially, this technique improves the accuracy of queries from statistical databases while reducing the chances of identifying individual iPhone users.
Facebook's regard for its users' privacy has once again come into question after a communications professor from the University of Southern Florida suggested that the media giant's mobile app could be using the iPhone's microphone to listen to conversations to glean information for advertising purposes. This would explain recent claims that ads pertaining to subjects that are spoken about while the app was open are showing up in people's feeds.
Opera Software ASA, makers of the Opera web browser have released a completely free and unlimited iPhone VPN solution. Opera VPN makes it possible to change your virtual location, which can unblock content and prevent trackers from following your web browsing. Typically, using unlimited data over a VPN service requires a subscription cost. Opera VPN seeks to change this model.