5 Tips for iPhone Security

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There are more than one hundred million Apple iPhone users in the U.S. alone. These devices are so versatile and addictive that users are becoming increasingly dependent on them. As a result, the need for utmost security on iPhones has never been higher. Although the Apple iPhone is considered pretty secure because of its updated mobile operating system, iOS7, users must take various precautions to keep their data safe on their iPhones. Here are a few simple tips to help iPhones users maximize security.

Tip 1: Enable and set a strong Passcode Lock

This is the most important precaution that you can take. Set your passcode lock on your phone and set it to activate automatically after a period of inactivity. An iPhone does not require a passcode by default so you will have to set it once you get your phone. More importantly, you should set a very strong passcode lock. Stay away from repeated numbers like 1111 or numbers that can spell out to words like “love” and “life”. These are very easy to guess. Set an alphanumeric passcode on your iPhone with a mix of upper and lower case letters, which may be annoying to enter every time but such passcodes are the strongest.

Tip 2: Enable the erase data feature

As the basic passcode is only 4 digits long, it is quite easy for thieves to try and crack the passcode by brute force. If you have very important data on your phone that you don’t want thieves to get their hands on, enable the erase data option. This feature erases all the data on the iPhone when it senses that 10 unsuccessful attempts have been made at guessing the right passcode. You can always get back all your data from your Apple ID and account.

Tip 3: Set-up 2–step security verification

When it comes to the security of your phone, two step authentication is always better than one step. The latest iPhone does have biometric verification but most people may not have the latest version of the device that can run iOS7. On such older versions, you can set up additional verification questions in iOS apart from the passcode. You can also add two step verification processes for critical apps on your iPhone.

Tip 4: Enable safety and privacy settings on Safari

The Safari browser may have been the pioneer in private browsing, but most people do not set up private browsing while using Safari on their iPhones. There are some basic settings on the Safari browser that will make your iPhone much safer.

  • Disable the auto-fill feature
  • Enable the block pop-ups feature
  • Clear cookies, history and cache periodically
  • Activate the fraud warning feature

Tip 5: Remove apps from your lock screen

There is no use setting up a strong passcode if you can access apps without entering the passcode or if you can see incoming messages and notifications on the lock screen. The iPhone also allows users to access Siri and the Passbook from the lock screen. Turn off these features so that they do not appear on the lock screen. You must also turn off SMS preview and voice dial features.

Take care of the content on your iPhone with these five iPhone security tips.

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