Browsing the internet on your iPhone or iPad is easy, but is it private? Our browsers and phones like to know what we're doing and keep track of our browsing history – all the better for ad targeting and collecting information on user behavior. But that's not always cool, especially when you'd rather remain anonymous and unrecorded. Here are the best ways to ensure your browsing stays off the books. Continue reading to learn how to browse the internet anonymously on an iPhone (or iPad).
Turn on Safari's Privacy Options
Safari has a lot of privacy features you may not know about, but enabling them can make your browsing more private.
- Head over to Settings.
- Scroll until you find Safari and tap it.
- Find the section called Privacy & Security and browse the options available.
Here you will find several features that you can enable, like Prevent Cross-site Tracking, Ask Websites Not to Track Me, Prevent Camera and Microphone Access, Give Fraudulent Website Warnings etc.
These are all worth enabling if you want to browse anonymously, especially if you are on a public network that may be vulnerable to spying or hacking. You can also immediately clear your history and website data from this section.
Use a VPN
A VPN (or virtual private network) creates a secure access method for your internet data, encrypting everything you do and typically allowing you to pick from various servers around the world so people don't know where you're browsing from.
Use Safari Private Browsing
The default Safari browser on your iPhone and iPad has an option for private browsing. Private browsing helps keep your information private, blocks various attempts to track you, and stops Safari from keeping a history of the sites you are visiting. You can access this mode at any time on your iPhone.
- Open Safari.
- Select the Tabs button (it looks like two squares).
- Then look at the bottom of the screen for an option that says Private.
- Select Private and Safari will turn black, letting you know that the feature is on.
It works the same way as Incognito Mode and other private browsing options that different browsers offer.
DuckDuckGo is a search engine at heart, but also offers a web browser specifically designed for privacy. There are a number of these browser apps available, but DuckDuckGo is one of our favorites because of its ease-of-use.
The app provides encrypted connections where possible, blocks tracking attempts, and automatically enables private searching that doesn't track search history.
The app will even give you privacy grades for the sites that you visit, letting you know how much they can be trusted with your data. It's a nice all-in-one package if you don't mind downloading and learning a separate browser – if not, you can set DuckDuckGo as your default search engine in Safari's settings.