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Eight Essential Tips to Improve iPhone or iPad Security and Privacy in 2017

In fact, everyone recognizes that iPhone security and privacy is a serious issue, and a virus can stop production and be very costly for everyone. Let's take a look at some of the security threats that have hit Apple's iOS devices, including XcodeGhost, WireLurker, Masque Attack, the Oleg Pliss ransom case and the SSL flaw, you will know that the consequences of security and privacy threats are disastrous. Security and privacy is very important to us and the value of them is very high, that’s why we've enacted reams of laws to protect ourselves against its invasion, criminally and civilly. Legal protection of privacy is not enough, we have to take action by ourselves to increase and improve security and privacy. In this article, we will show you eight essential tips to improve iPhone or iPad security and privacy.

 

Tip one: Lock your iPhone or iPad with strong password

The simplest and most efficient way to protect your data and improve iPhone or iPad security is to use a strong password to unlock your device. It's a good idea to use a combination of letters, digits and symbols. To set up a passcode lock, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, and turn passcode on, you will be prompted to enter a 6-digit passcode twice. Click "Passcode Options" and choose a passcode that's difficult to guess.

Tip two: Disable Features That Could Be Accessed Without Passcode

If the lock screen gives all your personal data and access away, then Touch ID and the 6-digit passcode or strong password you set become useless. Messages, emails, and other information in your apps can contain some sensitive data like confirmation codes, private appointments, banking information, etc. The less your iPhone shows on a lock screen, the safer your data is. To turn off lock screen notifications, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Allow access when locked, turn off Notifications View, Siri or other that you don't want anyone to access when locked. For security, you’d better also disable control center and turn off previews for your messages on your device.

Tip three: Turn on two-step verification for Apple ID and iCloud

Two-step verification is an optional way to increase the security of the Apple ID you use to sign in to iCloud. It requires you to verify your identity using one of your devices in addition to entering your password. Go to Apple Website > Manage your Apple ID > Password and Security > Two-Step Verification. When you set it up, you can register one or more trusted devices that can receive verification codes.

Tip four: Turn on Find My iPhone

Find My iPhone is very important in locating and finding your device when your device is stolen or lost. If one of your Apple devices goes missing, just sign in at icloud.com or use the Find My iPhone app to see your missing iPhone, iPad, iPod touch on a map. And this feature also can be used to improve Mac security and privacy. If you can’t find your lost device, you also can delete your personal data and restore your lost device to its factory settings for data security. To set up Find My iPhone on your iOS device, just go to Settings > iCloud > Turn on Find My iPhone.

Tip five: Don't Jailbreak your iOS device

To jailbreak your iPhone or not is a very controversial topic. You will find supporters from both sides. Jailbreaking is definitely not for everyone. To be honest, jailbreaking an iOS device disables the inherent iOS security, making the device more vulnerable to attacks. So if you are a novice user with limited knowledge of security, then you should try to avoid jailbreaking.

Tip six: Discard automatic WiFi connections to known networks

Automatically joining known networks is a convenient thing, but a cybercriminal can establish his own fake wireless network with the same name as a trusted public hotspot. So when your device automatically connects to the malicious WiFi network, you might not even recognize that you have given away all of your data to the scammer. So disabling this feature can reduce a risk of connecting to malicious wireless network. On your iOS device, just go to "Settings" > "Wi-Fi" > "Ask to join networks: on". It is also recommended to buy some security and privacy apps like Hotspot Shield to improve online web security.

Tip seven: Turn off cookies in Safari or other browsers

Cookies are small files which almost any website generates and leaves on your iOS device. It helps websites keep you logged in and contains credentials and other sensitive data, so you'd better clear and turn off cookies. Turning off Cookies will reduce the risk of unauthorized use of your login data and some other private information stored in cookie files. For Safari users, you can turn off Cookies on your iOS device by going to "Settings" > "Safari" > "Privacy & Security" section > "Do Not Track: on", "Block Cookies: Always Block".

Tip eight: Encrypt your iOS device backups

If you always backup your iPhone or iPad, you'd better encrypt your iOS device backups. iCloud backups are automatically encrypted for you, but if you always backup your iOS device to iTunes, you'd better check the box for "Encrypt iPhone Backup", thus you can sync all of your private information to iTunes, including passwords and Health and Fitness data.

2017-01-16 03:33:06 / Posted byRosa Reyes to iPhone Cleaner Follow @ Rosa

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1 Responses

  • Elijah

    These tips are very useful in improving privacy. I didn't turn off Notifications View before, my girlfriend always could know whom i was chatting with. Awful!!

    1 years ago REPLY

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