So how many secrets of yours could your iPhone tell to a stranger? Even when your iPhone is in your hands, being charged on a laptop, or out on a table, it can reveal some secrets – from photos and personal correspondence to personal credentials and financial information. So how can you stay protected? Follow our tips below to help maximize the security on your iPhone.
Just remember that if you do everything that we discuss in this article it can deprive your iPhone of certain useful features. However, it will also help to protect your personal and private data better. It isn’t necessary to follow all the tips we discuss You can choose which ones you are willing to make any necessary sacrifices to improve your security – the choice is yours.
1. Instead of using a 4 digit code, get a strong password set up.
The most efficient and easiest way to keep your data protected is using a strong password rather than a basic 4 digit pin code to unlock your iPhone. Using a combination of symbols, digits, and letters is a good idea. It is even better when the password is immediately requested without any delay after the lock screen. As an additional option, you also can turn on the “erase data” feature, so the device erases everything from its memory once there are 10 failed passcode tries. But remember that the data will be permanently erased and will not be able to recover it. Therefore, it’s best for you to not to forget your own password.
2. Turn lock screen notifications off
No matter how strong your password is, it won’t prevent your information from being revealed if it displayed on your lock screen. Emails, messages, and other information inside of apps might contain sensitive information such as financial data, private appointments, or confirmation codes. The less that is shown on your lock screen by your iPhone, the safer your data will be.
3. Turn two-step verification on for iCloud and Apple ID
Two locks are even better than one. That why it is strongly recommended that you get two-step verification set up whenever it is available for iCloud and Apple ID. When you get two-step verification set up, you register one or multiple trusted devices (devices that you control) that is able to receive a 4-digit verification code either using Find My iPhone service or SMS. Then, whenever you sign in to the iCloud, managing your Apple ID, or make an App Store, iBooks, or iTunes in order to buy from a new device, then you will be required to verify your identity by entering in both your 4-digit verification code and your password.
4. Disable Siri On Your iPhone’s Lock Screen
Anyone can use Siri on your lock screen whenever you are away from your phone. Siri is an excellent iPhone feature to have but at times the personal assistant can give some information away that you would like to keep confidential. It isn’t necessary to completely turn it off, but you will be a lot more secure if you don’t allow it to activate from a “Hey Siri” voice command or from the lock screen. Keep in mind: Siri is able to communicate with everybody, not only the owner of the device.
5. Turn off automatic syncing to the iCloud
You might be aware that there was a recent leak where many pictures that were stored on the Apple iCloud servers originally, which drove a lot of celebrities crazy. They thought the problem would be solved by just deleting a photo off of their phone, but it does not. Once it syncs with the “cloud” the data remains there, even when you delete it locally. That actually happens with nearly any type of data when it comes to iCloud and iPhones: documents, contacts, notes, messages – anything that automatically syncs unless it is turned off. That is what we recommend that you do, especially if have only a few Apple devices and it isn’t necessary to sync them every day.
6. Get rid of automatic WiFi connections with known networks
There is a good feature that iPhones have that allows you to connect with known WiFi hotspots automatically without your permission. It is a really useful option in one respect since you don’t have to do anything in order to switch to local WiFi from mobile Internet. However, on the other hand, it is possible that a cybercriminal could get a fake wireless network setup that has the same name that the known public hotspot does. In that case, you may not even be aware that your iPhone is working on a malicious WiFi network, which could give the scammer all of your data. That is why we recommend that you either turn the option off or be very aware of all WiFi hotspots you’re in.
7. Use a VPN
Your credentials can be comprised by a browser’s AutoFill option, so it is best to turn off that feature.
Use a Virtual Private Network, VPN’s for iphone to keep your phone secure.
is a very useful tool to have that can provide extra security to anyone using an iPhone on various wireless networks which include unknown ones. There are some free VPN services, and some are not. Paying several dollars per week is a very fair price for your data to stay protected.
8. Turn cooks off on your browsers
Almost every website generates cookies, which are small files that are left on your device. They might contain information about your smartphone, your computer, or you as well as your preferences. They help to keep you logged into websites, or for showing you relevant content which includes ads but might be helpful in some cases to cybercriminals since they contain sensitive data including credentials. Honestly, turning cookies off may cause you more stress than it does relief. However, it helps to keep your data more secure. Also, some discomfort isn’t the highest price to pay to keep your data protected.
9. Turn the AutoFill option off in your browsers
This same thing is true with the AutoFill option: if anyone gets a hold of your iPhone, there is a good chance the person will be logged into several websites. You don’t want that to happen. So turn it off. You might experience some convenience, but it is definitely worth it.
10. Don’t allow apps to access your private data, like messages, photos, and contacts.
This is a very extreme tip, but if you have followed all of the recommendations we have given so far, you might as well follow this last one as well. There are many data types and features in iOS8 that can be accessed by almost any access: from messages to contacts, and GPS. For example, if you have a third party keyboard installed you have to give it complete access to everything you are typing to use it. If that sounds non-secure, then you will have to go into the settings and prevent all off of the corporate-driven apps from being able to access your data. You probably will not be able to use some of these apps after that, but it can be worth it to keep your information secure.