Simple Tips to Keep Your iPhone Safe
Everyone wants to keep their data safe from people who they don’t want to have access to it. Here are some tips that every iPod touch and iPhone user should know:
Apple’s devices are attractive targets for thieves and are often stolen, and theft is the biggest security threat to iPhone users:
- Set a Passcode: If your iPhone is stolen, the best way to make sure that the thief can’t access your data is by turning on your iPhone’s built-in Passcode feature. You can set a passcode after its stolen using Find My iPhone, but it’s better to get in the good security habit ahead of time.
- Use Touch ID: If your device sports Apple’s Touch ID biometric fingerprint scanner, use it, because having to scan your fingerprint to unlock the device is stronger security than a four-digit passcode that you can forget or that can be guessed by a computer with enough time.
- Enable Find My iPhone: this may be the way you get it back. This free feature of iCloud users the phone’s built-in GPS to pinpoint its location on a map so you and the police can track it to its current location. It’s a great tool for finding lost devices, too.
- Don’t jailbreak the device: People advocate jailbreaking your phone because it allows you to customize your phone. You can, for example, install apps that have been rejected for inclusion in the official App Store. But if you want your iPhone to be as secure as possible, stay far away from jailbreaking. Indeed, Apple has designed the the operating system that runs on the iPhone with security in mind, so iPhones aren’t subject to viruses, malware, or other software-based security threats. The only viruses that have struck iPhones till now have targeted jailbroken devices, for instance. So, the lure of jailbreaking may be strong, but if security is import, don’t do it.
- Encrypt Backups: If you sync your iPhone with your computer, the data from your phone is also stored on your desktop or laptop. In this case the data is potentially accessible by people who can get at your computer. You should secure that data by encrypting the backups. Do the same in iTunes when you sync your iPhone or iPod touch (on the main sync page, in the Options section, you’ll see a checkbox called “Encrypt iPhone backup” or “Encrypt iPod backup” – check that box and set a password for the backup. Don’t forget the password!
- Security Apps: Some tools are available at the App Store that appear to perform heavy-duty security functions – like fingerprint or eye scans. However before you buy security apps at the App Store, make sure you’re clear on what the app does and doesn’t do. 1. How to use a strong(er) Passcode lock.
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