IP address, aka Internet Protocol address, can be a window to your location, browsing history, and more. Unfortunately, malicious parties or advertising companies can misuse this information. But thanks to Apple, you can now hide your IP address in Safari with iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey.
As part of Apple’s Intelligent Tracking Prevention endeavor, hiding your Safari IP address is a great addition. But before we move on to enable it, let’s learn a bit more about what it is and how it is helpful to you as a user.
Why should you hide your IP address in Safari?
While Safari already blocks trackers from following you across websites, they can still trace your IP address. In addition, online trackers that often load with a website can relay this data to other websites/apps/ advertisers, etc.
And while tailor-made adverts can be helpful, they could also lead to a severe privacy breach issue. So, naturally, hiding your IP address is a wise decision.
Earlier, one had to use a VPN, proxy servers, or other complex methods. But Apple has made it super simple with two easy-to-use features.
Hide your IP address and Private Relay
With Hide your IP address, you can block websites from seeing or tracing you. And Private Relay takes things to another level with a full IP mask, i.e., hide the IP address from websites and trackers.
It also prevents ISPs from profiling you across different apps. Notably, Hide your IP address is available for all users with an updated Safari, while Private Relay is only for iCloud+ subscribers.
How to hide Safari IP address from trackers on iPhone and iPad
- Launch Settings and select Safari.
- Scroll down to Privacy & Security and tap Hide IP Address.
- Choose From Trackers to hide your IP Address.
Note: If Private Relay is enabled, you’ll have two options:
- From Trackers and Websites
- From Trackers Only
How do I hide my Safari IP address on a Mac?
- Open a Safari tab and tap Safari from the top menu bar.
- Choose Preferences.
- Select the Privacy Tab.
- Check the box next to Hide IP address.
Again, if you are subscribed to iCloud+ and Private Relay, you’ll have the option to choose between From Trackers and Websites or From Trackers Only.
The iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and macOS Monterey have brought some exciting changes to Safari. And I love that privacy and ease of access are at the forefront of the update.
So much so that in the war of Chrome vs. Safari, the latter has taken the lead. What, according to you, are the pros and cons of Safari? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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