iPhone owners are just realising there’s a new way to stop people looking at private web pages

PRIVATE Browsing is great for keeping top secret web activity out of your iPhone’s history.

But what if you left the tab open and someone is snooping?

You can now lock tabs for private browsing


You can now lock tabs for private browsingPhoto credit: Apple

Maybe you’ve planned a surprise birthday gift and don’t want your significant other to find out about it.

Well, luckily Apple has a new trick up its sleeve.

In the iOS 17 update released for iPhones this week, users enjoyed a new feature in the Safari web browser.

Private browsing mode already offers additional privacy features, meaning the app doesn’t remember the pages you visit or save them in your search history.

But that doesn’t stop those who know where to look from accessing the pages you left open there.

However, Apple has now decided to block private surfing.

So if someone tries to take a look, they’ll have to use Face ID – or know your passcode.

Here’s how to set it up.

Most read in “Phones and Gadgets.”

How to enable tab locking for private browsing

To block private browsing sites, first go to Settings.

Scroll down and search for Safari.

Go to the Privacy and Security section.

Make sure “Require facial recognition to unlock private browsing” is enabled.

From now on, you’ll need to use Face ID when leaving and returning to private browsing mode.

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Alley Einstein

Alley Einstein is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Alley Einstein joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing Alley@ustimespost.com.

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