Keep your private data out of other people’s hands!

Connect and Secure Your iPhone and iPad

Glenn Fleishman

Get up to speed fast on controlling your privacy on your iPhone and iPad, while keeping everything secure. Connect and Secure Your iPhone and iPad covers iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, and walks you through setting up networks, controlling cellular data usage, securing your connection, and protecting your privacy.

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Are you concerned about people and companies gaining access to your personal data—contacts, photos, videos, and more—stored on your iPhone and iPad, and about keeping private information private? Connect and Secure Your iPhone and iPad for iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 helps with every dimension of controlling your own device, protecting it from marketers, thieves, and other illegal or unwanted access.

The book covers networking thoroughly in the first section, including all the basics and advanced steps in connecting safely and consistently to Wi-Fi networks, managing cellular usage to avoid being throttled for overuse, sending and receiving files via AirDrop, and using AirPlay for streaming media.

The privacy section details how your private information might be sniffed while you’re using apps and browsing, and what you can do to limit or block that kind of snooping. It explains several Apple choices intended to prevent disclosure of your information and Safari’s anti-tracking technologies so you can make informed decisions. The book tells you how to block people making unwanted calls and sending iMessages, text messages, and emails you don’t want to receive, as well as use third-party apps to block spammers and scammers. And find out about new data protection rights in the European Union and (soon) in California.

In the third part, security, find out how to work with Apple’s advanced two-factor authentication—and make sure you don’t wind up locked out of your account. You’ll learn why a secure tunnel, or virtual private network (VPN), is worth paying for and how to set it up. You also find out all the ins and outs of Apple’s updated and expanded Find Me service, which can help you recover stolen devices or find lost ones, even when they’re just missing in the couch cushions.

For anyone trying to maximize their safety and privacy, this book has all the answers, with friendly step-by-step guidance alongside explanations.

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We can focus our attention on only so many books, so when our friend and longtime collaborator Glenn Fleishman proposed creating this book on his own, we jumped at the chance to bring it to you alongside our Take Control titles. It’s his book, so it looks a little different, but the content is rock solid.

Glenn Fleishman

About Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, Fast Company, and Increment. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. He spent 2019 and 2020 building 100 tiny type museums full of real printing artifacts. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

This edition is thoroughly updated and overhauled for the several major improvements in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 and the hundreds of small changes Apple made to interfaces and options for networking, privacy, and security. With a new book title to boot, this edition incorporates over a dozen major changes:

  • Understand the new Low Data Mode for Wi-Fi and cellular connections to reduce background app activity.
  • Learn about changes in macOS 10.15 Catalina related to configuring your Apple ID and connecting with iOS and iPadOS devices.
  • Apple made it much harder for an app to grab your location when you’re not actively using the app—discover what new messages you’ll see and how to permit apps, like Google Maps, to retrieve your location when you want them to.
  • Get to know the ins and outs of Find Me, an app which replaces Find My iPhone/iPad and Find My Friends.
  • Find out about improvements to AirDrop, including the addition of ultrawideband (UWB) to the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro for more exact positioning of recipients.
  • Go through Siri’s updated and reconfigured settings for search to understand what information you’re providing Apple and apps, and tune those privacy and sharing settings to meet your comfort level.
  • Read about Apple’s comprehensive anti-tracking technologies in Safari, designed to disable unwanted tracking across web sites and online purchases.
  • Discover why “5GE” is a marketing term.
  • You can now use the iMessage, SMS, and FaceTime block list to keep people’s unwanted email from showing up in Apple, too!
  • Understand why Apple might ask for your iPhone, iPad, or Mac password when you log in on a new device using two-factor authentication. The answer is surprising, but it’s secure.
  • And hundreds of small changes, from icons to settings locations, changed by Apple in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13!


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