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Your disgusting search history and embarrassing music collection should be your own, right?Thankfully there are a number of ways for iPhone users to maintain their privacy.
From basic to less-than-basic, here’s a roundup of the best ways for you to keep the contents of your iPhone to yourself.
It's a basic step to take: Enable a four-digit passcode in Settings > General > Passcode Lock to stop someone from using your phone without entering the correct series of numbers. You can even enable an option to erase your phone if someone enters the wrong passcode 10 times.
Numbers only go so far. Turn off 'Simple Passcode' in the Passcode Lock menu to let you use numbers and symbols as well. The more complex your passcode, the safer your data.
The sites you visit are your own business. If you're sharing a phone with someone, you can delete your browser history inside of Safari by tapping on the Bookmarks icon, navigating to History, then tapping the Clear button in the bottom-left corner.
There's another way to clear your history that allows for easy access to delete your cookies as well. Go to Settings > Safari. The options to clear history and clear cookies are right next to each other.
You can enable Safari's Private Browsing capability in the same menu. When it's turned on, Safari won't save history, searches, cookies, or form data.
It's perfectly possible to maintain your privacy in Safari, but if you want some souped-up options, we recommend an alternative Web browser called iCab.
For example, you can configure it to automatically delete things like history and cookies every time you close the app, and you can even password protect the entire application.
The iPhone version of Google's Chrome app also includes incognito mode, its private browsing feature.