4. Photo Stream Syncing on All Devices
While you might not think of photo stream synching as a privacy issue, the first time you take a provocative selfie and it ends up synching to your Apple TV in the livingroom and shows up on the screensaver while Grandma had paused a movie, you’ll realize that this feature has privacy implications.
You may want to turn this feature off if you have a lot of devices that share the same iCloud account and could potentially end up in the wrong hands. Read our article: How to Secure Your Racy Photos for some tips on avoiding the situation described above.
5. iMessage’s “Share Indefinitely” Location Sharing Setting
We find all location sharing app options to be creepy. Similar to Facebook, iMessages location sharing is even more scary because if someone got a hold of your unlocked phone they could set the “Share Indefinitely” option on the location sharing for their number and potentially be able to track you without your knowledge.
To Check to see if you are sharing location information with anyone go to your Settings > Privacy > Location Services > Share My Location, then look to see if there is a list of people that you are sharing your location with.
6. Allow Public Anything on Facebook
The “Public” option on Facebook pretty much lets anyone in the world see whatever you have set to that audience. Use this option sparingly or not at all if you don’t have to.
7. iMessage “Allow Read Receipts”
If you want people to know exactly when you read and ignored their text message then, by all means, leave this setting turned on. If not, turn it off in the iMessage app’s settings
8. Location History on Facebook
Facebook’s Nearby Friends tracking feature requires that you turn on “always active” Facebook location history recording, which means Facebook records everywhere you go and stores this information. Yeah, we think it’s ultra creepy too and recommend not turning this feature on.