Along with the launch for iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey, Apple has also released something called iCloud + for all those who pay for iCloud storage. It is a package of benefits that focuses mainly on security and privacy.
If you don’t yet pay for extra iCloud storage, beyond the 5 GB each Apple user gets for free, prices start at 99 cents a month for 50 GB of space. You can also pay $ 2.99 per month to reach 200 GB or $ 9.99 per month to get 2 TB of cloud space.
Right now, you have four extras with iCloud +, though we’ll go into detail about just the top two here. The other two are HomeKit Secure Video, which is video-recorded for HomeKit-compatible camcorders and Custom Email Domain, which allows you to use a domain name you own with iCloud email.
To learn more about these services and how to upgrade to iCloud +, see Apple’s official support document.
iCloud Private Relay
iCloud Private Relay is part of Safari only on Apple devices, so it means iPhone, iPad and Mac. At the time of writing, it’s still labeled a beta product, but if you pay monthly for iCloud storage, you can turn it on.
The purpose of iCloud Private Relay is to make it much more difficult for anyone else to look at what you do online, whether it’s Apple, the internet provider, the government, web advertisers, or the person behind you. in the cafe. It is an additional layer of security that deserves to be activated.
With iCloud Private Relay enabled, when traffic leaves your device, it goes through two separate internet relays (or nodes on the web). One is run by Apple and one by a third party partner, so no one has the full picture. It’s not as comprehensive as a virtual private network (VPN) application or as versatile, but it’s good protection for the average user.