Apple iOS 14.5 uses proxies when browsing to hide IP addresses from Google

Last Tuesday, the news that Apple is starting iOS 14.5 started using proxies to protect the ip addresses of its users from data miners. Now write Maciej Stachowiak, Apple’s head of the WebKit project, that this will indeed be a feature.

Google has a security feature called Safe Browsing, which records which web pages have security vulnerabilities. Apple uses this service when you turn on ‘Report fraudulent websites’ in Safari. Previously, Google could see which url users viewed exactly, but now the search giant has taken measures to anonymize the data when it is sent to Google. However, the IP address remains visible.

Apple has decided to bypass the sending of the IP address for its users. For iOS 14.5, proxy servers from Apple itself will be used to ensure that the IP address of the user is not visible to Google. You can also turn the feature off.

There are already various privacy features processed in the Apple browser. This way you are better protected against fingerprinting techniques and you are less easily tracked from site to site. iOS 14.5 is now in beta, it is expected to be ready for all users in a few months.

Sources: Maciej Stachowiak (Twitter), The 8-Bit


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