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New features and 19 settings you need to change now in Apple iOS 15

Today I’m to be showing you some new settings in iOS 15 that you need to change on your iPhone right away. So, these are going to be settings that will have an impact on your privacy, your battery life and just overall ease of use throughout iOS 15. So, now let’s go ahead and get into the settings that you should strongly consider changing immediately once you have an iOS 15.

1. Safari.

The first one has to do with Safari and your IP address. So, if you open the settings of your iOS and navigate to Safari click on it, and then scroll down until you see hide IP address, you want to tap on that and make sure that is turned on, you do not want this off. this will hide your IP address. your IP address can be used to determine personal information like your location and this is going to protect you from that. Now you might also see from trackers, so you need to make sure that’s enabled, that’s only if you have a private relay enabled. if you don’t have private relay enabled.

2. Private relay.

So, in iOS 15 and iCloud there is a new feature called Private relay, and you can see that in your iOS settings. If you tap on that, you may want to consider turning this on. So, this is going to hide your IP address and your internet activity, so that websites cannot build a profile for you based on your web activity. however, this is not a VPN, it only works in Safari and it can’t hide the region you’re connecting from, so you’re not going to get the same benefits that you do from a VPN, but this is still a very great feature to have in iOS 15.

3. Hide my email.

So, this is another really great privacy feature in iOS 15 that’s going to allow you to use a unique random address that forwards to your actual email address, this is going to keep your personal emails private. this is great if you want to maybe sign up to a website’s newsletter, to get a discount, or if you just thought your information might get sold to a third party, then you definitely want to have an alias email set up and of course if you start getting spammed, you can delete that alias email and just create a new one, very easily.

So, if you want to do it just tap on create a new address on Hide my email section in your iOS settings. Once you click on “create new email” You will see that it gives a random email. basically, it just combines random words with numbers and that’s what you get for your alias email address which you are able to label them.

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4. Focus mode.

Now the next thing you might want to change has to do with focus modes and notifying others when you are in a focus mode. so, as you may know already in iOS 15 once you enter a focus mode, an alert will be shown to other people who attempt to text you and it will let them know that your notifications have been silenced. you can disable this if you go into your settings and navigate to focus, then change the focus status. you could turn it off for everybody or selected people only. so that is definitely a setting you should consider changing if you don’t want specific people seeing when you’re in that focus mode.

5. Background sound.

The next setting, you may want to change is inside of accessibility. so, if you go into your accessibility of your iOS settings, you then navigate to audio visual and then to background sounds. So, what this feature does is, it plays some background sound like the rain, ocean and just different ambient noises that will help you concentrate or go to sleep and you can also stop sounds when locked.

6. Preserve night mode.

The next setting, you may want to change in iOS 15 has to do with the Camera. so, if you go into camera settings, navigate to preserve settings and then turn on your night mode and also live photo. This feature helps you to take better photos at night or in low light.

7. Notify when left behind.

Now the next thing that will be good to change is the “notify when left behind” feature. so, this is also brand new in iOS 15 and this is going to be very beneficial if you have an air tag, and also if you have multiple Apple devices. So, if you go into the Find my application, and then go to your device, you will see under notifications, it shows a notify when left behind. if you tap on that, you can enable it and you can see it says “receive a notification when you leave backpack behind. This can be helpful when taking this item with you”. And then below it you also have “notify me except at”, where you can add in your home address because obviously if you leave your house, without that product it’s not lost, so you don’t want to get a notification for that. So, this is going to be very beneficial for traveling, and just really any other time that you maybe leave something if you’re very forgetful, you may want to have this enabled.

8. Apple card security.

The next setting that you need to change is for those with an apple card, and this is going to help prevent fraudulent transactions. So if we go into wallet application on your iPhone, where your apple card is set up and if you tap on the little card icon up in the top right to view your card information, you will see that it has a new toggle button in there for advanced fraud protection, and you can see it says, to keep your card information safe, your security code will change periodically, so you definitely want to make sure that is enabled to prevent fraudulent transactions, and you will see next to your security code, you will now get a new little icon. so that is a must enable feature, if you have an apple card.

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9. Mail privacy.

The next setting, you guys need to change is inside of the mail section. so, if you go to mail, and then down to privacy protection. You want to make sure that protect mail activity is enabled. This is an important one and when you are there, you can see it says “mail privacy protection works by hiding your IP address and loading remote content privately in the background, even when you don’t open the message”, so essentially this feature not only hides your IP address but it’s also going to prevent senders from tracking if you open their email or not. So now, people are not going to be able to see if you open the email or not, they’re not going to be able to see if you forwarded the email or not. So basically, this is going to prevent follow up emails and other spammy tactics used by websites and others who have little hidden pixels in the emails, so I strongly suggest turning this on, if you use Mail on your iPhone.

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TikTok Star Addison Rae’s Account Reinstated After Being ‘Permanently Banned’

On Thursday, Addison Rae, one of TikTok’s biggest and highest-paid stars, was notified her account had been “permanently banned” from the social media site, but it has since been reinstated – a decision that has many wondering why the app would quiet one of its most popular traffic attractions.

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  • Rae, who has over 85 million TikTok followers, posted screenshots of a message from the video-sharing app on Twitter late Thursday night, saying her account had been “permanently banned due to multiple violations of our Community Guidelines,” but did not elaborate or speculate on how she violated the terms.
  • Rae’s account “was momentarily offline yesterday night then restored within an hour,” according to TikTok representatives.
  • Rae’s reps and TikTok declined to comment on why Rae’s account was suspended.

Crucial Quote

“Well, it’s time to find a job,” the 21-year-old said alongside the screenshots on Twitter.

Background Information

Rae’s true name is Addison Rae Easterling, and she was last seen on TikTok on Thursday. She joined the platform in 2019 and soon rose to become one of the app’s most popular characters. Rae defeated Charli D’Amelio, the most-followed person on TikTok, to the top of Forbes’ list of the highest-paid TikTok producers in 2020. Rae became famous after releasing brief dancing and lip-syncing videos on YouTube. Outside of the digital realm, the former LSU student has had a lot of success. She featured in Netflix’s “He’s All That” earlier this year. In September, she attended the Met Gala. She became good friends with Kourtney Kardashian and made an appearance on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” “Obsessed,” a song by Rae, was also published. Item, her cosmetics line, is sold at stores such as Sephora.

Big Number

5% of the total According to TechCrunch, that’s how many videos on TikTok were pulled down by the automatic function for breaching standards but were eventually reinstated.

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TikTok’s community standards are inconsistently implemented, owing to an algorithm that frequently leaves creators in the dust. Users are not allowed to transmit violent extremism, hate speech, illegal actions, violent and graphic content, suicide, self-harm, and dangerous acts, nudity or sexual activity, harassment, or bullying, according to the standards. Videos are also scrutinized for kids’ safety and authenticity, as well as for disseminating false information, artificially increasing interaction, or impersonating someone else. According to TechCrunch, Black artists have raised concerns about the automated takedown tool, claiming that their films are labeled as improper but comparable footage from white users are not.

Credit: Forbes

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Snapchat Is Down; The Latest In A Long Line Of Technology Outages

Snapchat users reported widespread disruptions Wednesday morning, the latest in a series of significant social media outages that began nine days ago with Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp going dark for six hours.

  • Beginning at about 7 a.m., tens of thousands of users reported that Snapchat was down and they were unable to send or receive messages, according to Downdetector, a website dedicated to tracking outages.
  • The outage lasted more than three hours, and the company’s official support account tweeted that the issue was resolved at 10:31 a.m.
  • There is no reported cause for the interruption of service, and a Snapchat spokesperson wouldn’t comment on the cause, but told Forbes that “the issue has been resolved.”
  • Snapchat tweeted Wednesday morning during the outage: “We’re aware that some Snapchatters are having issues using the app right now – hang tight, we’re looking into it!”

Last week, Snapchat competitor Facebook faced a huge outage, with Facebook and its Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger applications going black for six hours, costing Facebook an estimated $65 million in revenue. Snapchat usage increased by 23 percent during the Facebook outage, according to analytics firm Sensory Tower.

Credit: Forbes

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Twitch source code and creator payouts part of massive leak

Twitch appears to have been hacked, leaking source code for the company’s streaming service, an unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios, and details of creator payouts. An anonymous poster on the 4chan messaging board has released a 125GB torrent, which they claim includes the entirety of Twitch and its commit history.

The poster claims the leak is designed to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space.” The Verge is able to confirm that the leak is legitimate, and includes code that is as recent as this week. Video Games Chronicle first reported details on the leak earlier today.

Twitch has confirmed it has suffered a data breach, and the company says it’s “working with urgency to understand the extent of this.”

The leak includes the following:

  • 3 years worth of details regarding creator payouts on Twitch.
  • The entirety of twitch.tv, “with commit history going back to its early beginnings.”
  • Source code for the mobile, desktop, and video game console Twitch clients.
  • Code related to proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch.
  • An unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios.
  • Data on other Twitch properties like IGDB and CurseForge.
  • Twitch’s internal security tools.

The leak is labelled as “part one,” suggesting there could be more to come. Video Games Chronicle reports that Twitch is aware of the breach, but the company has not yet informed its userbase.

The leak doesn’t appear to include password or address information on Twitch users, but that doesn’t mean this information hasn’t been obtained as part of this breach. In fact, the leaker seems to have focused on sharing Twitch’s own company tools and information, rather than code that would include personal accounts.

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While Twitch has confirmed a data breach, it’s still unclear exactly how much data has been stolen. We’d recommend changing your Twitch password and enabling two-factor authentication on your account if you haven’t done so already.

Twitch has been struggling to contain ongoing hate and harassment recently. After weeks of hate raids, some Twitch streamers took a day off in August to protest against the company’s lack of action. Twitch has responded to the #DoBetterTwitch movement, and it’s a hashtag that the anonymous poster has used today to promote this leak.

Update, 7:35AM ET: The Verge can confirm leak is legitimate, and we have included more details on the data within the leak.

Update, 11:25AM ET: Twitch has now confirmed it has suffered a data breach.

Source: theverge

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