Apple announces iCloud+ that hides your IP and Siri that works without internet

Apple revealed this Monday (7), at WWDC 2021, that its users will have access to a new plan to store data: iCloud+ brings a proxy called Private Relay to hide the IP used when browsing Safari. Mail will also gain the same feature of hiding the address, in addition to making it difficult to track emails through invisible pixels. And, still thinking about privacy, Siri’s main commands can be used on the iPhone and iPad without sending data via the internet.

iCloud+ promises more privacy (Image: Disclosure / Apple)

iCloud+ promises more privacy (Image: Disclosure / Apple)

iCloud+ will have Private Relay and email to suspicious sites

O Private Relay it’s not exactly a VPN, and more like a proxy: internet traffic will be relayed using two separate networks. The first must provide an anonymous IP of the region where the connection was established, while the second will give the site the information it wants to obtain without providing the user’s actual location — not even Apple will have access to the information.

In addition to Private Relay, iCloud+ includes a function to hide the user’s email. O Hide my Email will allow a one-time, random address to be provided to login or register on suspicious websites — this should prevent the user from falling victim to spam or suspicious messages. This feature offers unlimited creation of new emails and gives the person the choice of who should receive them.

Hide My Email, the new iCloud feature (Image: Press / Apple)

Hide My Email, the new iCloud+ feature (Image: Press / Apple)

Safari and Apple Mail will also hide the IP

Safari and Mail will also hide the user’s IP — which seems to be one of Apple’s main concerns, given how many new platforms and software introduce this new feature. Blocking the network address should make it difficult to build a profile based on the activity and history trail. Also, the email service will block invisible pixel tracking, used for the recipient to collect information from the sender.

Apple will also include a Privacy report for each app; the user will be able to see how many times the app has used permission to track the data and with whom the information has been shared — if they are not satisfied, they can change the usage settings.

App Privacy Reports

App Privacy Reports lets you see who the service is sharing data with (Image: Disclosure / Apple)

A new button of smart collage should be offered to the app developer for a user to collect information from another app, allowing direct access without being notified.

The photos were also part of big tech’s new privacy implementations: now, even with limited access, the Photos app can generate a recent images folder for specific albums.

In addition, Apple’s new privacy terms allow the user share your location only once with apps, without this information being used after the app is closed.

Siri’s core features can be used without internet

Privacy news includes Apple’s voice assistant and artificial intelligence, Siri. By default it will have a voice recognition done locally on the iPhone and iPad: the idea is to reduce the concern with sending sensitive data over the internet. This works in languages ​​like English, but it doesn’t include Portuguese yet.

Some of Siri’s main functions can be performed without an internet connection, like setting alarms, controlling music, starting apps, or changing settings. The voice assistant should also provide a report on how many times third-party apps have accessed user data; in addition to presenting more options of tracking blockers for browsing via Safari.

Siri is faster on iOS 15 with local processing (Image: Press / Apple)

Siri is faster on iOS 15 with local processing (Image: Press / Apple)

iCloud will have unlimited storage for HomeKit

The new iCloud plan will have unlimited space to store HomeKit security videos, Apple’s surveillance and monitoring camera platform, which is part of big tech’s smart home package. Currently, you have to pay an extra 200GB on the cloud service to archive videos from a security camera.

With HomeKit, any and all security video generated by cameras will be encrypted and can be analyzed by other Apple devices, such as the iPhone, before being downloaded to iCloud.

All HomeKit features will be integrated into existing iCloud plans at no additional cost, according to Apple. However, it is not known whether this includes the service’s cheaper plans, which do not support the platform’s security videos.

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