Apple is increasing Safari’s security in iOS 17, and private browsing now requires Face ID authentication or a passcode. If you open a private browsing window in Safari, you need to authenticate with ‘Face ID’.

This means that someone who has access to your unlocked phone and opens your Safari browser can’t get to your personal browsing history without secondary authentication. You can use Face ID or a passcode to access Safari private tabs.

Private Browsing completely blocks known trackers from loading pages and improves privacy by removing tracking added to URLs as you browse. These new additions prevent websites from tracking and identifying your device, and Apple also offers improved extension control.

In private mode, extensions with website access are turned off and you have to re-enable them manually. iCloud Private Relay also uses IP address locations based on country and time zone rather than a general location.

Safari in iOS 17 also gains a Profiles feature, so you can keep your personal browsing and work browsing separate with different histories, tab groups, cookies, and favorites.

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