Apple’s iOS 8 has plenty of strengths and weaknesses, but the fact that the platform gives users complete control over which apps and services can access potentially sensitive data is definitely a strength. Apple has shown in recent years that it takes privacy seriously, and this is evident to anyone with an iOS device each and every time a new app; no apps can gain access to things like location data, contacts, photos or even an iOS device’s microphone unless the user grants the app permission in a pop-up.

For some privacy settings, however, iPhone and iPad users need to take a more active approach if privacy is a top priority.

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Following the recent public release of iOS 8, ZDNet did a great job of identifying seven settings in particular that privacy conscious iOS users will want to examine and adjust. Of course, editing these settings is not necessarily a must, but users who want to take every possible measure to ensure that their data is protected as well as possible will appreciate these options.

First, ZDNet notes that paying attention to iOS’s access-related pop-ups is important, especially when apps ask for permission to access your location in the background even while you’re not using them. Privacy conscious users will likely want to ensure this is not allowed on most apps.

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Next, you can prevent apps from accessing sensitive data by adjusting the options in Settings > Privacy and scrolling through each app to ensure there are no surprises. The post also covers things like setting audio and video messages to expire after a certain amount of time, limiting advertisers’ ability to track you, and stopping your phone from sharing your location with others.

For the full list and instructions for each item, click through the link below in the source section.

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