Safety & Security

Apple’s Absurd Private Browsing Logic

This is absurd. I attempted to turn on private browsing in Safari on my iPhone 5. But the “Private” button just wasn’t there. No button.

After some poking around I discovered the cause, and get this – private browsing is disabled if you have Restrictions -> Websites turned on. In my case, I had it set to “Limit Adult Content”.

So. I can either keep my kids from landing on inappropriate sites OR search the Internet anonymously, but not both. I guess the logic here is adult content is the only reason you’d want to browse privately. What if you just want to be anonymous?

I did exactly what Apple wants me to do. I chose protecting my kids over my privacy. Advertisers are happy.



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