When you buy a new desktop computer, it’s standard practice to install security software to keep you safe from viruses, hackers, and other dangers. But many don’t take the same precautions when they purchase a new cell phone, despite how often we use them in our day-to-day lives.

On your iPhone or iPad, there is a multitude of ways to safeguard you from the same threats. Apple is making it simpler than ever when it comes to protecting the sensitive data on your iPhone, and this article will start you on the path to iOS safety.

11 Tips To Secure Your iPhone

Keep iOS up to date

Don’t ignore that notification! Hop onto your settings and download that update (iOS 12 just dropped, by the way). Apple makes sure to renovate their security features with each update to keep your data protected. By just clicking one button in your General Settings, this is the easiest way to make sure your iPhone is guarded against hackers and other cyber threats.

  • Go to Settings > General > Software Update.

 

Use strong passcodes...

While you already may be using a 4-digit code on your lock screen, 6 digits are the way to go. Two more digits may seem annoying to input, but the strength the extra 2 numbers adds is worth it.

Another option would be to set up a passcode that requires numbers PLUS letters. Most passwords on your online accounts need a strong password, so why not protect your phone with the same strength?

…with Touch ID

With a strong password, logging into your phone will be tough for a stranger, but still somewhat possible. A great way you can bump up your security is using things that are extremely unique to you: your fingerprints and face! Touch ID uses a fingerprint recognition sensor that you set up with your individual fingerprint on your home button to unlock your home screen.

  • Go to Settings > Touch ID and Passcode

 

Clear automatic passwords

We know - it’s annoying to have to input your information every time you’re trying to log into a website. But if your phone gets into the wrong hands, your personal information becomes a free-for-all. Never save your passwords to any browsers or apps, but if you already have, be sure to change your settings to clear all of your saved automatic passwords.

  • Go to Settings > Safari > General > Passwords and Autofill

 

Use data protection

An effortless way to secure your information, data protection deletes your data after 10 unsuccessful passcode attempts. While this may sound like your personal info is in easy danger, iOS will increasingly any more login attempts after the fourth unsuccessful try. So don’t worry - even if you accidentally forget your password, your data will continue to be secured.

  • Go to Settings > Touch ID and Passcode > Erase Data

 

Stay wary of unsecured wireless networks

Have you ever been at a coffee shop trying to connect to a WiFi network you’re not familiar with? If a password is not required to use the network, or “open,” be aware of the risks that come along with it. The possibility of others viewing your information becomes way more likely when using an unsecured connection.

  • Go to Settings > WiFi > Ask to join networks: On

 

Get a VPN

Maybe you’ve seen this acronym before, and we’re here to tell you it’s an important one to know. A Virtual Private Network encrypts online data, keeping your info safe and protecting you from incoming threats. Using a VPN will add a trustworthy extra layer of security, cutting down your time worrying about the state of your personal data.

  • Go to Settings > General > VPN > Add VPN Configuration

 

Find My iPhone

You can’t remember where you left your iPhone, but you know it’s missing. What now?

If you haven’t already, be sure to turn on Find My iPhone in your Settings. You will be able to pinpoint the location of your lost iPhone by logging in your iCloud account from another device so you won’t have to go another second thinking about who could be using your lost phone.  

  • Go to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud > Find My iPhone: On

 

Remote wiping

If it’s taken you a little longer to find your missing iPhone, check out how to use Remote Wiping Until your phone is back in your hands, you can delete your private information from any location. You will have to have already set up Find My iPhone so you can log onto iCloud.com to one-click remove all of your phone data from anywhere on any separate device.

NOTE: Remote wiping is permanent, so use this feature only when absolutely needed!

  • On a web browser: Go to iCloud.com > login > Find My iPhone > [your name] > Erase iPhone

 

Turn off automatic sync to iCloud

Keeping your memories - photos, videos, notes - is important, so don’t make them accessible to strangers online. When your data is synced to iCloud, it stays online even if you’ve deleted something off of your device locally. If iCloud.com’s security is ever breached, you risk your info being stolen or leaked. By turning off automatic syncing to iCloud, your personal data is yours and stays yours.

  • Go to Settings > iCloud

 

Hold yourself accountable

While certain emails and sites are pretty good at pretending, knowing how to see through scams is a great tool to keep in your back pocket. Get to know the sites you regularly use, such as keeping a mental note on their homepage appearance or how a standard email looks from them. If you are unsure of the legitimacy of an email, chances are you shouldn’t give them your information. Use your best judgment when it comes to supplying your personal info - the person on the other side of the screen may not always be as they appear.

 

Have more questions about securing your iPhone? Visit your local Staymobile for help from one of our friendly employees.

 

 

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