macOS 12: How to (de) activate Private Relay on Mac

It's been two weeks since Apple introduced the new operating systems. Specifically, we saw the introduction of iOS and iPadOS 15, macOS 12 Monterey, watchOS 8 and tvOS 15 at the WWDC21 development conference. work with new features. This is useful if you have decided to install these new systems as well. This year, among other things, Apple focused on the protection of privacy with new systems, which is more than important in modern times.

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macOS 12: How to (de) activate Private Relay on Mac

In terms of privacy, Apple has come up with a Private Relay feature that is available to all iCloud subscribers. Private Relay can hide your IP address and information about your Internet browsing in Safari from network providers and websites. Thanks to this, no one can find out who you really are, where you are and, if so, what sites you visit. Private Relay also changes your location so that you cannot be tracked. In terms of privacy, this feature is great, but not in terms of the convenience of using the Internet. This is because content that is intended for other countries and not the Czech Republic may begin to appear on selected pages. The (de) activation of Private Relay can be performed in macOS 15 as follows:

First, on a Mac with macOS 12 Monterey, click the na icon in the upper left corner. Once you have done so, select System Preferences from the menu that appears…
This will open a new window with all available sections for editing system preferences. Within this window, locate and click the Apple ID section.
Now open the iCloud box in the left part of the window in the sidebar.
Here, in the upper right part of the window, click the Options button in the Private Relay row.
Next, another smaller window will open, where in the upper right part of it click on Disable…
Finally, the last window will appear, in which you just press Disable Private Relay.

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Using the above method, you can (de) activate Private Relay on your Mac. If you like the idea of ​​Private Relay, but on the other hand you don't want to give the website a completely unfamiliar location, you can set Private Relay to work with an approximate location. This means, for example, that you will continue to be in the Czech Republic, albeit in a different location, so you will still see content intended for the Czech Republic. This option can be set after clicking the Options button in the Private Relay row. Here you just need to select Keep approximate position. In the first beta of macOS 12 Monterey, there is also an error where, after deactivating Private Relay, this function will be reactivated after some time. So far this bug has not been resolved, so if you want to deactivate Private Relay, you need to do so regularly.

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