Settings and tools that iOS7 users need to stop snoopers and privacy invasions

Apple released iOS7 Wednesday, prompting developers, technology writers and hackers to explore the system for bugs and security vulnerabilities. 


One bug allows anyone to call any number from the lock screen. Another allows a person access to any app from the Control Center.

See two of the bugs from YouTube below.

Most smartphone owners want to keep photos and identifying information private. While Apple address security concerns, one app can deter snoopers.

Swipe Block and Guided Access

Swipe Block focuses on photo privacy on Apple devices using the Guided Access feature.

Guided Access in iOS7 is in the General, then Accessibility settings. It keeps the user in one app only. The user can select to disable one part of a screen.

This feature is ideal for parents who hand their device to children for game play.

Swipe Block is $0.99 in the App Store (here:, and pairs Guided Access with a custom message.

A smartphone owner can show a photo to a friend without allowing the friend access to every photo on the phone.

When the friend tries to swipe to the next photo, they receive the custom message. Going back to the whole photo album requires a passcode. Guided Access prevents them from leaving the app to go to the normal photo album.


Location and Data Collection Settings

Some default settings in iOS7 can be unsettling to the private person. 

"Frequent Locations" collects data about where you are. In an ideal world, the data can improve the information it provides you.

This setting can be adjusted by going to Settings, Privacy, then Location Services. Hidden at the bottom of that list is System Services. Be sure to examine every menu item on that page.












Finally, Safari has a setting that "tracks" your browser usage. Turn that setting off under Settings, the Safari.

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