Every time you connect to a web page, that page’s server also connects to you and knows your IP address. Apple’s new Private Relay feature is an elegant way to break that connection without breaking anything else.
Every Apple OS update brings new privacy-protecting features, and iOS 15 is no exception. For example, there are new settings to block tracking pixels in emails; generate throwaway, anonymous email addresses; and enable Private Relay. It’s a way to hide your location and to block yet another way that bad actors can track you across the web.
“[Private Relay] will become the first step towards cybersecurity for many users who wouldn’t have considered taking action otherwise,” Daniel Markuson, a privacy expert with NordVPN, told Lifewire via email. “I’d say this will boost cybersecurity awareness in general, and this is a big win for the whole industry.”