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A Practical Guide to Networking, Privacy & Security in iOS 12

Glenn Fleishman

Get up to speed fast on controlling your privacy with iOS 12 on an iPhone and iPad, while keeping everything secure. A Practical Guide to Networking, Privacy & Security in iOS 12 walks you through setting up networks, controlling cellular data usage, securing your connection, and protecting your privacy.

All Take Control books are delivered in three ebook formats—PDF, EPUB, and Mobipocket (Kindle)—and can be read on nearly any device.


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? A Practical Guide to Networking, Privacy & Security in iOS 12 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 walks through all of Apple’s set-up options and default settings, and helps you understand how your choices can result in information being sent to Apple or third parties, so you can make an informed decision. It also explains how Safari automatically restricts and blocks Web-based tracking IDs, and tells you how to block people sending calls and messages, as well as filter text messages and identify and block unwanted voice call. You will also learn how to use third-party apps to control the scripts, ads, and trackers that appear on Safari pages while you browse, and the ins and outs of Face ID for iPhone X. And find out about new data protection rights in the European Union and (soon) in California.

In the third part, security, you learn about setting up a secure tunnel when you’re working away from home or a trusted office using VPN apps, using a USB lockout to deter passcode crackers who gain access to your phone, turning on two-factor authentication with your Apple ID to prevent people from hijacking your account, and sort out setting up and using Find My iPhone, even when it’s 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.

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 is currently building 100 tiny type museums full of real printing artifacts. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

What’s New in the iOS 12 Edition?
  • Updated to note Apple has cancelled its line of Wi-Fi base stations, and that AirPort Express received a firmware update for AirPlay 2.
  • Explains third-party password integration with iOS’s QuickType bar.
  • How Apple implemented the Lightning port USB timeout, which deters brute-force cracking of passcodes.
  • Updated to include AirPlay 2 details.
  • Information about new data privacy regulations in the EU (May 2018) and in California (January 2020).
  • Adds information about Apple’s new anti-tracking features, including blocking browser-specific feature checking and illegitimate use of sharing buttons and commenting to track people.
  • Notes new password warning about re-use across multiple sites.
  • Explains automated SMS-based second-factor code fill-in in iOS 12.
  • A new sidebar on the dangers of SMS-based codes!
  • And many, many small changes to bring the book in sync with iOS 12!

Version 1.1 made the following additional changes:

  • Added the chapter Create, Manage, and Use Strong Passwords to better consolidate and expand information about iOS 12’s improved password management and third-party integration.
  • Created an expanded and new subsection on Wi-Fi password sharing in Connect to a Secure Wi-Fi Network for better clarity.
  • Updated throughout to include the iPhone XR and XS models, and the “alternate” face for Face ID in iOS 12.
  • Added note about Unwanted Communications feature for reporting junk calls and text messages.


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