How to Browse Anonymously with iPhone

Privacy and anonymity are important to many iPhone users. This is particularly true since Apple regularly brings these issues to the forefront when presenting new products. But what possibilities does this smartphone from California offer for exploring the Net undetected? Here are the common possibilities:

Why is it recommended to browse anonymously on iPhone?

The internet is filled with spies, deceptively named for sweet treats: cookies. These spies observe the browsing behaviour of users and create profiles from them. Many, although by no means all, of these cookies come from advertisers. Few users are aware of who has their access to their data on the infinite expanse of the web, or what the collected information reveals about them.

The vast majority of people have used their smartphones to surf the web at length. As a result, the cookies for mobile devices are getting better and better. This is particularly true for Apple phones, which have traditionally been among the bestselling smartphones. Invisible browsing with iPhone protects against this mania and misuse of the corresponding data.

How can you browse anonymously on iPhone?

There are several ways to browse on iPhone, such as using a VPN, Safaris Private Browsing mode, proxy servers or the Tor network.

Browsing Privately on iPhone with Safari

Safari offers what is known as Private Browsing on iPhone (and iPad). To use this, access the browser on the mobile device, then open a new tab. You will see the Private button in the corresponding selection options. If you click on this button, none of the websites you visit will be stored in the history or cache. Additionally, the device won’t remember any form data to auto fill later.

The advantage of this option is that it allows for fast switching between the normal and private modes since the corresponding tabs aren’t closed. The disadvantage is that this mode does not protect against cookies. It only denies Apple and other people who also have access to the iPhone the ability to see the corresponding information.

Click here to access the official Apple support page, where you can find more detailed information on how to use private browsing on your iPhone.

VPN for iPhone

So as to not make your real IP address known to others, we recommend using a VPN client that does not use log files, such as our Shellfire VPN.

You can get a general overview of the main advantages and disadvantages of VPN in one of our previous articles.

Currently, Shellfire VPN is available for the following operating systems:

follow the onscreen instructions, and you’re set. Our Shellfire VPN is available in both a free and paid premium version, which goes for about 5 per month.

Click here for more information about the Shellfire VPN

Proxy-Server auf dem iPhone

A proxy-server is a kind of mini-VPN. It handles all requests and thus disguises your online identity. The servers IP address is the only thing visible to cookies, not your IP address. On iPhone, there are some free apps available to use a proxy server.

However, unlike a full VPN, proxy servers lack many features. For example, it’s not usually possible to select the location where the proxy should be located. Furthermore, the communication between the server and the iPhone is not usually as well protected as with a virtual private network.

Proxy servers can also be used on iPhone through various apps. However, these offer numerous significant disadvantages compared to full VPN apps such as Shellfire. (Image: kevinandthepup / pixabay)

Tor Network on iPhone

Tor network is somewhat crudely expressed as a proxy server on steroids. It is a network of more than 2000 servers provided by private users. Data traffic is routed through this data network via random routes, which are also shielded. The route changes every time the user browses. It is impossible to track you down or even determine your identity.

There are several free browsers available for the Tor network. Safari is not compatible for this. There is no real disadvantage to this option if you restrict yourself to normal browsing behavior. The situation is different if you want to stream, for example. Due to the arbitrary route through the network via numerous browsers, surfing speed is relatively slow. In the long run, this isn’t convenient.

Is it legal to use VPN on iPhone?

Using a VPN on the iPhone is absolutely legal. You can see this just by dint of the fact that you can input one in the system settings of the device. In the General section, you will find the VPN entry as one of the last options. This allows you to connect or disconnect existing virtual private networks. If you don’t yet have a VPN, you can add one here.

The general rule is: Whenever Apple (or Google on Android) offers an option within the system, it is considered legal. After all, companies would otherwise not be allowed to offer the option as part of their operating system. So, you don’t have to worry about legal difficulties if you want to use a VPN on your iPhone.

What streaming advantages does a VPN offer on iPhone?

A VPN can bypass what’s known as geo-blocking. Streaming providers often limit which content users can access based on their region. For example, not every US television series makes the latest seasons available immediately

With a VPN, you can log in as being in the USA (or any other country you want) and stream the series, movies and music titles you want. Because your anonymity is protected, you don’t have to worry about being noticed for having bypassed the geo-blockade.

Conclusion

There are several ways to browse invisibly with the iPhone. However, a VPN is the most suitable option. It offers the greatest protection (against Apple as well as against cookies), is legal and has other useful features. These include, for example, the ability to bypass geo-blocking. Unlike the Tor network, for example, protection and functionality are not at the expense of browsing and/or streaming speed.

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