New iOS 15.4 privacy and security features that you should be using on your iPhone right now

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Apple’s latest mobile operating system – iOS 15.4 – is now available for download to the general public. This fourth update to iOS 15 brings several new and improved privacy and security features to the iPhone, including several iCloud Keychain upgrades, anti-stalking AirTag notifications, and more.

Let’s take a look at some of the new privacy and security features and settings available in iOS 15.4.

New AirTag anti-stalking notifications in iOS

There is a risk of that AirTags may be misused thieves and stalkers to track down unsuspecting victims. Over the past few months, Apple has released several new iOS updates to prevent AirTags from being used to stalk people, which continues with the release of iOS 15.4.

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Apple makes it difficult for stalkers to use AirTags to track other people.

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When setting up AirTag with iOS 15.4, you’ll now get a notification that your AirTag is associated with your Apple ID, essentially warning you that if you try to use it to stalk someone, the AirTag may be linked to you. The notice also states that using AirTag to track someone in this way is considered a criminal offense.

You can add notes to your saved passwords

Is there anything important you need to note in relation to your credentials? In iOS 15.4, you can now add notes to usernames, emails, and passwords that you save in iCloud Keychain. To access this, open the Settings app and do the following:

1. Enter Passwords and authenticate.

2. New, touch the account for which you want to leave a note.

3. Finally a hit Add notes and type your note.

Tap when finished Ready in the upper right corner and you will have a memo for these credentials.

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You can add a note to saved iCloud accounts.

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Safari will no longer save your passwords without a username

If you’ve ever had a problem finding the password of a site that you know you saved via iCloud, it could be because iOS saved the same password without a username. Without a username, the password won’t appear on the keyboard when accessing this site, but iOS 15.4 is intended to fix this issue.

Now when you try to save the password without a username in Safari you will get a popup asking for one. The notification says, “To save this password, enter a username for yours [website] account ”and you will see a text box where you can enter your username or email address.

You can hide these password security recommendations

It is a good practice never repeat the password between accounts, and Apple is adamant about that, which is why when you go to Settings > Passwordsyou can see security recommendations for broken, guessable or reusable passwords.

Alerts are a good thing, but if you don’t want to be reminded every time you go to your password settings, you can hide them: Enter your account, then tap x in the upper-right corner of the alert. In the popup, tap Hide get rid of the safety recommendations. If at any time you would like to see the safety advisor again, go to Hidden safety recommendations in password settings.

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I don’t recommend getting rid of these alerts, but if you want to take a break with them, it’s easy to hide them.

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