One of the most important areas of information in terms of privacy protection is that of our browsing habits. This is the case, because while browsing the net just by seeing which pages we visit, a lot of information can be extracted about our tastes and preferences. This, at the same time, makes it very valuable and attractive information for any business that can access it. This is where Private Relay comes in.

Still Apple can’t tell what we’re visiting

Private Relay, which is part of iCloud +, protects our browsing from the various intermediaries that make up the network between us and our destination site. When we establish a connection with Applesfera, our browser asks the servers that host the page to send it to it. This link is seen by our router, and the one who controls it, and, among others, by our operator.

Private Relay also offers us greater confidentiality vis-à-vis the owners of the sites we visit. It is obvious that by the time we log in the system knows exactly who we are and what we are seeing, but in the sites where we are as guests, one point that can identify us with great precision is the ‘IP adress.

Presentations on the points to be covered by Private Relay, let’s explain, in a synthetic way, how it works. The system solves, in a single step, the two points that we have just mentioned and it does everything by redirecting our traffic through two relays, two servers.

Private Relay is designed using, as they say, two servers. The first one we connect to is owned by Apple, while the second is owned by a trusted partner. Browsing is encrypted so that the first server knows who we are, but not where we are going, while the second knows where we are going, but not who we are.

Protection for public Wi-Fi networks and, ultimately, against anyone between us and the websites we visit.

Overall, the net result is that no one, not even Apple, can see which websites we are visiting. All network operators, including our operator, only see an established connection to Apple’s servers. At the same time, the websites we visit only see the IP of the second server, not ours, so they lose an important tracking factor. An IP, which, in addition, could have been used to geolocate us and which will now only give the generic location of the second server.

Currently, Private Relay is in beta and only works in Safari and in all connections that apps make through insecure protocols, such as http (as opposed to https). Activating iCloud Private Relay is very easy, on Mac the steps are as follows:

In the Apple () menu, we choose System Preferences. We tap on the Apple ID. We activate the Private Relay.

Activating this important protection for our privacy is just as easy on our iPhone or iPad. We are doing it :

We open the Settings app on our iPhone or iPad. We touch our name at the top. We tap on iCloud. We played in a private relay. We activate Private Relay.

Private Relay is also designed not to affect the speed of our Internet connection. This is made possible by the fact that Apple works with partners who are able to offer servers that are very well distributed geographically, so we will always have one relatively close to our location.

While it is true that some operators prevent Private Relay from operating on their mobile networks, we hope that more and more will allow us to browse privately. Private Relay is a system that protects us on many fronts, and all thanks to the fact that by design no one, not even Apple, can know which sites we are visiting.