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Tips to make your iPhone even more secure
How many secrets do you think your iPhone can reveal to strangers? Even when it’s in your hands, placed on the table, or being charged from a laptop it can reveal quite a few—from personal correspondence and photos, to financial information and credentials. So how do you protect yourself?
1.Use a strong password instead of a 4 digit code
2.Turn off lock screen notifications
Any password, even the strongest one, won’t prevent your data from being revealed if it appears on a lock screen. Messages, emails, and other information in your apps can contain some sensitive data like confirmation codes, private appointments, financial data, etc. The less your iPhone shows on a lock screen, the safer your data is.
3.Turn on two-step verification for Apple ID and iCloud
One lock is good, but two is better. That’s why it’s highly recommended that you set up two-step verification whenever it’s available for Apple ID and iCloud. When you set up two-step verification, you register one or more trusted devices (devices you control) that can receive 4-digit verification codes using either SMS or the Find My iPhone service. Then, any time you sign in to manage your Apple ID, sign in to the iCloud, or make an iTunes, iBooks, or App Store purchase from a new device, you’ll need to verify your identity by entering both your password and a 4-digit verification code.
4. Disable Siri on a lock screen
Anybody can use Siri on a lock screen while you’re away from your iPhone.
Siri is a great Phone feature, but sometimes this nice personal assistant can give away some information that you would prefer to keep confidential. It’s not necessary to turn it off completely, but you will be much more secure if you prevent it from activating from a lock screen or on a “Hey Siri” voice command. Don’t forget: Siri can communicate with anyone, not just with an owner of the device it works on.
5. Turn off automatic sync to iCloud
As you might know, a lot of pictures from a recent leak were originally stored on Apple’s iCloud servers, which drove many celebs crazy. They thought that deleting a photo from a phone would solve the problem, but it doesn’t: after syncing to the “cloud” the data stays there, even if you get rid of it locally. Actually it happens with almost any kind of data if we are talking about iPhones and iCloud: messages, notes, contacts, documents — everything syncs automatically unless you turn it off. And that’s what we’d recommend, especially if you have just a couple of Apple devices and don’t need to sync them on a daily basis.
6. Discard automatic WiFi connections to known networks
iPhones have a very good feature which allows you to automatically connect to known WiFi hotspots without your permission. On the one hand, this is a very useful option, as you don’t need to do anything to switch from mobile Internet to local WiFi. But on the other hand, there’s a chance that a cybercriminal will establish his own fake wireless network with the same name as a trusted public hotspot. In this scenario you might not even recognize that your iPhone is working within the malicious WiFi network, giving away all of your data to the scammer. That’s why we recommend that you either be very aware of every WiFi hotspot you are in, or turn this option off.
7. Get used to VPN
The AutoFill option in a browser can compromise your credentials. So it’s better to turn this feature off.
We speak about VPN quite often on this blog. A Virtual Private Network is a must-have tool which can bring extra security to everyone who uses an iPhone in different wireless networks, including unknown ones. Some VPN services are free of charge, some aren’t, but several dollars a week is more than a fair price for keeping your data protected.
8. Turn off cookies in your browsers
Cookies are small files which almost any website generates and leaves on your device. They may contain some information about you, your computer or smartphone, and your preferences. It helps websites keep you logged in, or to show you some relevant content including ads, but in some cases they may be very helpful to cybercriminals as they can contain credentials and other sensitive data. To be honest, turning off cookies might bring you more stress than relief, but it helps your data by being more secure. Plus, some discomfort is not the biggest price you have to pay for data protection.
9. Turn off the AutoFill option in your browsers
The same goes for the AutoFill option: if somebody gets your iPhone, then chances are this person will be able to log in as you on a number of sites. You don’t want this to happen, do you? Then switch it off! Again, you’ll experience some inconveniences, but it’s worth it.
10. Don’t let apps access your contacts, photos, messages and other private data
This tip is quite extreme, but if you already followed every single recommendation we gave, then you might as well go ahead with the last one.