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Keep your iPad in a case
The iPad is a thin piece of aluminum and glass that costs between $500 and $1000 and one drop could be fatal. I realize that some people are loathe to cloak their beautiful Apple devices in a case, but if you take your device out of the house, it could save you an expensive repair. Cases are very personal items, like apparel or a bag, and everyone has a unique sense of style. One case that I consistenly rely on is the SmartCase ($57-59) from Waterfield designs. They're made in San Francisco from high-quality materials and offer some of the best protection in the business.
Limit Ad Tracking
Navigate to the iOS Advertising Privacy settings (Settings > Privacy > Advertising) and do these three things:
- Turn on "Limit Ad Tracking"
- Touch "Reset Advertising Identifier" (which I wrote about in January 2013), and
- Touch "Learn More" and learn about what an "Advertising Identifier" is
Disable optional System Services
Apple hides its System Services settings all the way down at the bottom of the Privacy > Location Services panel. If you've owned your iPhone for more than a few months you'll have dozens (possibly over one hundred) apps listed on this screen, making it a very long scroll. If you actually make it to the bottom of the list (most people don't) you'll see the fabled System Services setting and the explanation of what that little purple arrow icons means.
Again, the path is Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services.
I recommend turning OFF the following:
- Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Diagnostics & Usage
- Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Location-Based iAds
Diagnostics & Usage
This setting monitors everything you do on your iPhone and "anonymously" sends it to Apple for "improving iOS." Whatever. It's just like when all the major software companies changed their install screens from "send usage data?" to "customer experience program" or some such nonsense. If you leave the "Diagnostics & Usage" option on, you're giving Apple permission to monitor and record everything you do on your device.