For regular NoodleMac readers, you know I lean to the paranoid side of life. The world isn’t exactly as it seems, unless fully corrupt is all you see. I subscribe to the simple adage, “If everyone is out to get you, paranoia is the right attitude to have.”
It may be possible to live off the grid and away from all the corruption around us, but that’s a different kind of life than I choose, so I have to make certain concessions to living on the grid. But I don’t have to accept that Facebook, Amazon, Google et al have my privacy as their target possession.
What I want is privacy and security– within reasonable access that I can accept– and I want Apple to provide it. After all, I pay more for Apple products, and unlike Google, Apple makes money by selling products, not by selling information about me and what I do in my life.
What do I want?
First, options. Options to lock down my Mac, iPhone, and iPad to a tightly controlled set of devices which communicate with one anther, but not with everyone else. I want a Privacy mode with enhanced Security.
Yes, as a mode; one that limits outside access while I’m using my device. Safari can set to allow connections only to HTTPS secure sites, drop all background trackers, block advertisements and trackers, and with a VPN, take me off my ISPs grid to an anonymous highway.
The Privacy mode needs settings, of course. They would allow certain apps to restrict their access while connected, and prohibit other apps entirely. Twitter or not? Facebook or not? I choose. Email? Where’s the option for encryption? Apple, Google, Microsoft and others could set that up in a heartbeat but choose not to. Apple is complicit with Google when tracking their customers. That would stop with a Privacy setting that automatically, with a single click, puts my Mac into a mode not as easy to track.
Yes, as a mode, and one that limits accessibility to my files, data, and personal information. FaceTime, Messages, and other apps are encrypted end-to-end, and iPad, iPhone, and Mac can have encrypted files that are password protected, but I need more assurance that what I store online in iCloud gets the same treatment.
I recognize the gap between absolute security and convenience. For example, Touch ID fingerprint sensor on iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro models is convenient and secure. Ditto for Apple Pay. Apple does this kind of security right but needs to do more. Files transfers is a good example. It’s absolutely cumbersome for most users to zip up and encrypt a file to share with others. Disk Utility does it, too, but with many steps involved. How about a simple method which does it– password protected, too– with a click or icon tap?
Privacy and security should be basic human rights like clean water, protection, and health care.
Apple is uniquely placed to provide multiple layers of each with every product. Apple does more than others, especially Google and Microsoft, but more is required.