Many of us feel a strong personal connection with our Iphone, storing there all our address book, photos, music, videos, texts, emails, voicemail, notes and codes, web logins, banking information, travel arrangements, aps with places we go to, where we eat, where we drink, how we sleep, etc. This is a huge load of personal data, and probably even our mother or our spouse doesn’t know as much about us as our iPhone does.
Imagine that all this information can also be available to third parties? In IOS6 it is commonly used for targeted advertising purposes, to tailor-make for you the ads that you see, but what if this information is misused?
The UDID tracking has been previously disabled by Apple on all its mobile devices for the concerns above, and Apple prohibited all app developers from building it in the apps that would track the mobile data. Now with the new iOS 6 the tracking is back on and is even more effective than before, as confirmed by a number of mobile advertising executives. Nevertheless, this feature is not mentioned on the official iOS6 launch page, leaving the majority of iOS 6 users unaware of this new function.
After a number of online articles that raised this concern, Apple has provided information on its support page on how to opt out of the targeted ads and to disable the collection of location information.
The easiest and the safest way to protect your connection on all mobile devices is using a VPN for iPhone or iPad, like Le VPN. All VPNs have an encryption algorithm that ensures that your connection cannot be intercepted or listened to, especially when you connect with a public WIFI or other unsecure channels. But even with a VPN connection – Apple still stores all your UDID data if you don’t opt out of it on the new iOS6.