What is missing from Apple’s software these days is a new feature that Google implemented for account users. Auto Delete. The time has come for auto delete buttons and auto delete settings.
Here’s an example. Why doesn’t Safari have a single button to block advertisements or block trackers or block cookies?
To do so requires Preference settings, add-on Extensions, and troublesome configurations. Even the veritable Firefox browser, which bristles with privacy and security settings, does not have a single button that does the deed. I want a button that zaps all the tracking information with a single click or tap, and I want it configurable to include cookies, website browsing history, downloaded files, and even logs on the Mac.
At Mac360 we believe in tracker blockers and have recommended for many years the Little Snitch utility. Unfortunately, the app is a feature laden utility that requires plenty of monitoring and overview of settings to prevent exactly the kind of tracking done by websites and applications.
Google’s settings to delete history seems like a good step because the search engine and advertising giant collects so much information and stores it online. Jon Porter.
In order to entirely stop your location from being tracked, you need to dig through your settings to also turn off the “Web and App Activity” setting.
Google says it’s rolling out the new feature worldwide “in the coming weeks” and that it will be available in addition to the existing options that allow you to delete this data manually. The company also mentions that Location History and Web and App Activity data are the first two bits of user data the feature will be available for, suggesting that the option might soon be available for more of your data.
Kudos to Google for leaning in the right direction.
Why not just make it a single button with configurable options? In other words, the button won’t delete anything until you configure the settings first, and then everything you selected gets deleted with a click, or gets deleted automatically on some kind of time schedule.
Apple could do that. Mozilla could do it on Firefox. Even Little Snitch could have a configurable setting to block apps from phoning home and carrying away private data with little more than a click.
If privacy and security are truly trends that matter, then auto deletion or a one-click delete button is an option whose time has come.