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A Practical Guide to Networking, Privacy & Security in iOS 10
Sep 21, 2016

A Practical Guide to Networking, Privacy & Security in iOS 10

Learn more about iOS networking, and keep your data safe and private!

This independent book from Glenn Fleishman of Aperiodical teaches you how to use an iOS 10 device on Wi-Fi and cellular/mobile networks securely, making connections with ease while protecting your data and controlling access to your private information. It also covers Bluetooth networking and Location Services.

The iOS 11 edition of this title is available! See A Practical Guide to Networking, Privacy & Security in iOS 11.

Whether you are new to iOS or an experienced user hoping to stay up-to-date on the newest iOS quirks (such as Wi-Fi Calling, differential privacy, Apple’s two-factor authentication, and Safari ad blocking), you’ll find helpful directions, useful tips, and intriguing background information. Glenn also explains how your private details — who you are, sites you visit, and where you physically go — are shared with Apple and others, and how to restrict or block that sharing. On the security side, he walks you through scenarios from securing your data in transit to connecting to a secure Wi-Fi network to dealing with a lost iPhone.

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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.

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You’ll get the most out of your network connections by learning how to:

  • Troubleshoot problematic Wi-Fi connections.
  • Master all the options for a Personal Hotspot.
  • Know which radios are on (cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS) — and turn them on and off whenever you like.
  • Plan and manage your cellular data usage to avoid being throttled by your provider.
  • Make phone calls over Wi-Fi from your iPhone, iPad, and Mac with Wi-Fi Calling.
  • Decipher common and uncommon Wi-Fi and cellular icons that can appear on the status bar.
  • Find the Wi-Fi Assist switch, and know when to disable it.
  • Stream music and video to other devices with AirPlay.
  • Transfer files between iOS and OS X with AirDrop.

You’ll find strategies for keeping your data private:

  • Know what kinds of data can be leaked and consider your privacy settings.
  • Block creeps from iMessage messages, FaceTime, and phone calls.
  • Load pages faster, use less data, suppress ads, and be less trackable with Safari content-blocking extensions.

You’ll learn about securing your data in transit and on your device:

  • Connect to a WPA2 Wi-Fi network in home and corporate scenarios.
  • Understand and set up Apple’s new two-factor authentication.
  • Secure data in transit with a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection.
  • Protect your device against intruders, and use Find My iPhone to deal with it going missing.
What's New

This edition has been thoroughly revised for iOS 10. It contains added details about differential privacy and call-blocking extensions, and extensively updates the sections on Wi-Fi Calling and carrier monthly bandwidth restrictions and throttling. The book’s step-by-step instructions and illustrations have all been updated with changes for iOS 10.

  1. Find My AirPod Added to Find My iPhone

    Because Apple’s new wireless AirPod earbuds lack cabling, they are easy to misplace. Although the best method for keeping track of them may be to place them in their charging case whenever you remove them from your ears, it’s safe to say that many people aren’t going to do that, or even if they do, they’ll lose the case.

    To solve this problem, with the release of iOS 10.3, Apple has added AirPods to the list of devices that you can track using Find My iPhone. You can see them on a map and make a sound play on both your AirPods or just one — just one is helpful if you’ve lost only one. If your AirPods are out of range of their paired iOS device, you’ll get information about where and when they were last within range. You can search from the Find My iPhone iOS app or from Find My iPhone on the iCloud Web site.

    Note that you must set up Find My iPhone before your AirPods go missing. Read the TidBITS article, Setting Up and Using Find My iPhone, for help.

    For more information, see Apple’s support article, If your AirPods are missing.

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The Author

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, the New York Times, Wired, the Atlantic, and the Economist. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.