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10 Ways to Protect Your iPhone from Failing or Become Inaccessible

10 Ways to Protect Your iPhone from Failing or Become Inaccessible

Securing data is important to prevent it from being accessed by unauthorized people, as well as intentional destruction. It is important for preventing accidental deletion, corruption, or infection of information. In one way or the other, nowadays we store our lives on smartphones. Therefore, it is necessary to take security seriously.

The following 10 tips will help protect your iPhone and stop prying eyes from spying on your sensitive information.

1. Self Destruct

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    If you seriously want to stop intruders from checking your iPhone data, you can manage your phone setting in such way that it will delete all data if someone is trying to break in. Under the Settings option, you can enable the Erase Data option, which will wipe the phone’s data after ten incorrect attempts at the PIN.

    If you have Touch ID enabled then it allows you three attempts at fingerprint recognition before it will revert back to PIN entry. The good news is, you can always recover deleted data from your iPhone (or any iOS device) if it gets deleted or becomes inaccessible using iPhone data recovery.

    2. Pin or Fingerprint Security

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      We use our smartphone for a number of things, like email, browsing, banking, and shopping, so it’s dangerous to leave your phone unguarded. Locking the screen will protect your apps and sensitive data from intruders. To enable this, just go to the Settings app on your phone, then select the General tab, then “Touch ID & passcode lock” from the selected option you will be able to turn on either Touch ID fingerprint scanning or a numeric PIN.

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      3. Longer Pass-phrase

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        The four-digit PIN provides security, but there’s a one-in-10,000 chance that someone will guess it correctly the first time. In order to avoid that, one can opt for the passphrase option. To use this option, go to Settings app, then select “Touch ID & Passcode” and turn off “Simple Passcode”. This helps one in creating a more complex and longer passcode with lower and uppercase letters, symbols, and numbers.

        4. Privacy Settings

        You have a number of apps installed on the phone and they all can access various data or features on your phone. Some will use the microphone or the camera, while some might be able to look at photographs. You must have given them all permission to do this and that at the time, but it is easy to lose track. There are also many apps which are no longer in use, and giving access to those is an unnecessary risk. Thus, go to Settings app, then the Privacy tab, where you can see which app has which privilege. While there, you can turn them on or off.

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        5. Turning Off Notifications

        The feature of viewing a summary of notifications on the lock screen is great, unless it gives away confidential or personal data that could get you into trouble. For example, it will show your calendar for the day, the content of messages you received, and various other personal details.

        6. Disable Siri

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          Siri option can leak data even when your phone is locked, just as was the case with notifications. An intruder who notices your phone unattended can ask all type of questions that could reveal important information. In order to avoid this, go to Settings, then select “Touch ID & passcode”, and then set “allow access when locked” on Siri to “off”.

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          7. Avoid Autofilling

          AutoFill is a useful feature which automatically completes familiar text as you type and remembers important details you often repeat. Therefore, any time you’re given a text box asking for your name, password, username, or credit card details, it fills them in for you. This is great, unless your phone is being used by someone else. Thus, it’s better to turn it off. To do this, go to Settings, then select General, and “Passwords & AutoFill”.

          8. Using Device Finder

          The “Find My iPhone” feature will only help you find your phone in the couch cushions, but if your device disappears, you can put your phone in Lost Mode which locks your screen with a passcode. This app comes with iPhones, but one needs to set it up before the phone is lost. You can look for Find iPhone app in Extras folder. Activation Lock makes it difficult for thieves to sell because the device becomes unusable as it can’t be reactivated without knowing its Apple ID.

          9. Aiseesoft FoneLab

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            As the image above shows, FoneLab can recover deleted photos from an iPhone. It also helps recover lost contacts, messages, calendars, call history, notes, reminders, voice memos, Safari bookmarks, voicemail, App data, WhatsApp data, and more from a broken device. Though it makes no difference whether your iPhone was broken, lost, wiped, or crashed due to jail-breaking (or upgrading), FoneLab also helps you restore data from your iTunes backup in a snapshot, whether the data is under Call Log, Messages, Calendar, Reminder, Notes, Safari bookmarks, or any other nodes which was deleted before backing up your device with iTunes.

            10. Software Updates

            Software updates might contain fixes to flaws that might give intruders a way to enter your device. Apple prompts users to get updates and install them only when asked. In case of information thefts, a precaution is better than a cure!

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            Published on June 5, 2020

            Best 10 Keyboards Under $90 on Amazon

            Best 10 Keyboards Under $90 on Amazon

            There are different reasons why you might need to buy an extra keyboard. Your keyboard may be wearing out and one can only imagine the frustration you get each time you type ‘O’ when you actually wanted to type ‘P’.

            Apart from your keyboard wearing out, desiring more comfort and flexibility and reducing pain in your wrists and fingers as you type might be your main reason. You may also want to maintain the recommended minimum distance of 40cm away from the screen[1] or just want to have some additional functionalities on your keyboard which are not available on most keyboards.

            Whatever the reason, we all want to have the best keyboard that will suit our needs.

            Here are the 10 best keyboards under $99 available on Amazon. They were picked based on their ergonomic design and extra functionalities.

            Why You Should Trust Us

            We checked Amazon to find the keyboards that have multiple functionalities, promises comfort, have received several reviews, and rated at least 4-star from real users. At a price below $100, we believe that you can find the best keyboard for you on this list.

            1. Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

            4.3-star, 8950 Reviews

              The Logitech MK 550 keyboard has a constant curve layout and integrated palm rest to reduce stress, eliminate lower wrist fatigue, and help you type more naturally.

              If you want something that allows easy navigation, then this might be the best keyboard for you. It has 18 programmable keys that you will find pretty useful if you frequently use apps that require rapid navigation.

              It also has an accompanying precision laser mouse that makes screen navigation much easier and faster than using your touchpad.

              One of the things that set this keyboard apart from the rest is its long battery life. You can continue to use your keyboard and mouse for 2 years without thinking of changing the battery; the keyboard’s battery can even last up to three years.

              If you are a programmer, secretary, writer, or you do something that requires typing a lot, this is a product you might want to consider.

              Pros:

              • Long battery life
              • A combination of keyboard and mouse
              • Wireless keyboard
              • Integrated palm rest to reduce wrist fatigue

              Cons:

              • Only compatible with Windows-based PC. Additional set up might be required to use with Mac or Linux.
              • The keyboard can be a little noisy when typing

              You can buy this from Amazon for $46.99.

              2. Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Wired Keyboard 4000 for Business

              4.3-star, 5388 reviews

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                This is an ergonomic keyboard with a cord (about 6ft long). It has a comfortable design that enhances your natural hand, wrist, and forearm positions when in use. It also has a cushioned palm rest which helps maintain a neutral wrist position, eliminating wrist pain.

                The keyboard has 5 customizable buttons that you can assign specific commands to make your work easier and faster. This may be the best keyboard for you if you love ergonomic keyboards.

                Pros

                • Works on Windows, Mac, and Linux
                • Relatively quiet
                • Sturdy, doesn’t swivel around

                Cons

                • The keyboard is a little bulky
                • Spacebar might be sticky at first
                • It doesn’t have a wireless version
                • Not good for gaming
                • Some letters and characters might begin to wear off with use

                You can buy this from Amazon for $59.95.

                3. Razer Huntsman Gaming Keyboard

                4.6-stars, 1442 Reviews

                  If you are looking for a superfast keyboard, the Razer Huntsman gaming keyboard is one to consider. Its new Razer Opto-Mechanical switches utilize optical technology for unmatched speed.

                  The keyboard’s Razer Chroma syncs fully with popular games, and its Razer hardware supports 16.8 million colors on backlit keys. It has fully programmable macros that allow for the execution of complex commands through all keys and keypress combinations.

                  This keyboard is originally made for gamers, but many users choose it for its super-fast speed rather than for gaming itself.

                  Pros

                  • Works for Mac and PC
                  • Stiff enough to avoid typos
                  • Superfast and customizable

                  Cons

                  • Because it’s clicky, it might be disturbing in an office environment
                  • The Synapse software is bad and might not install on Windows 10

                  You can buy this from Amazon for $89.99.

                  4. Corsair K55 RGB Gaming Keyboard

                  4.5-stars, 3115 Reviews

                    This is a membrane keyboard for enhanced performance, whether you are working or gaming. It is designed to give you pleasant gaming experience with three zones of tweakable RGB backlight.

                    One of the features that make the Corsair K55 keyboard stand out is its dust and spill resistance, so you don’t have to worry about wiping off spills. It also has a detachable palm rest to reduce wrist pain when you are gaming or on a prolonged work.

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                    It has multi-key anti-ghosting features so those keypress combinations are executed without hassles. You also have direct control over your audio with the dedicated volume and media control keys.

                    Pros

                    • Competitive at its price
                    • No software needed for RGB lighting
                    • Quiet keys
                    • Programmable keys
                    • Media buttons are included

                    Cons

                    • Caps Lock and Num Lock indicators might stop working intermittently
                    • Game hangs for about 30 – 60 seconds whenever you use a controller

                    You can buy this from Amazon for $49.88.

                    5. Apple Magic Keyboard

                    4.6-stars, 1328 Reviews

                      The most remarkable thing about the Apple Magic keyboard is its rechargeable batteries and the fact that it can be used to enhance your typing experience on smaller devices such as the iPad and iPhone.

                      This keyboard can pair with any apple device that runs on IOS 9.1 and up. Therefore you can use the keyboard to type long text messages and emails on your iPhone. This may be the best keyboard for Mac.

                      Pros

                      • Comes with rechargeable batteries
                      • Though made for Mac, it’s also compatible with PC

                      Cons

                      • The keys are not lit
                      • Some keys, especially the arrow keys are quite small
                      • Be careful, refurbished items might be sold as new

                      You can buy this from Amazon for $94.

                      6. Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                      4.1-stars, 20,735 reviews

                        This is another great product from Logitech, especially for people on a tight budget. Like MK550, this keyboard also comes with a paired mouse and does have a long battery life as well.

                        Although cheap, Logitech still maintained the connectivity signal of 2.4 GHz, so you can use the keyboard within a 10m range and there won’t be dropouts. It also has 8 programmable hotkeys to boost your productivity when you type.

                        Pros

                        • Long battery life: the keyboard battery lasts up to a year while that of the mouse lasts for two years.
                        • Programmable hotkeys to boost productivity
                        • Budget-friendly
                        • Optical mouse included
                        • Wireless keyboard

                        Cons

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                        • Build quality is low
                        • The paired mouse looks cheap
                        • There might be random keystrokes delay

                        You can buy this from Amazon for $24.99.

                        7. Redragon K552-RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

                        4.6-stars, 1482 Reviews

                          This is a mechanical anti-ghosting gaming keyboard with RGB backlighting and lettering and conflict-free keys (n-key Rollover) to provide ultimate gaming experience.

                          This keyboard has adjustable rear feet to give you a typing angle to work fast and comfortably. It also has 12 multimedia keys to enhance gaming.

                          You won’t have to worry about your keys in tough gaming conditions as this keyboard is built with metal alloy and ABS with plate-mounted clicky mechanical keys and switches. It comes with a high-speed USB cable and a connection to establish a firm connection so you can enjoy gaming without hassles.

                          Pros

                          • Sturdy and compact; saves space on your desktop
                          • It has swappable switches
                          • A good buy for its price

                          Cons

                          • Clicky keys and loud switches. It may not be suitable where some level of silence is required.
                          • Some LEDs might break with continued use
                          • Support for Mac is limited, only Windows PCs are fully supported.

                          You can buy this from Amazon for $44.99.

                          8. Havit Mechanical Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                          4.4-star, 1116 reviews

                            This is an RGB lighting keyboard and mouse. It’s an all-metal panel mechanical keyboard with a floating design. It has 104 keys and each of the keys has individual switches with full n-key rollover.

                            The keyboard is ergonomic and has a detachable wrist rest to reduce stress and pain on your wrist. The mouse is also programmable and has DPI levels adjustable up to 4800 DPI. You can even customize your own lighting layouts on the keyboard and it stores and retains your configurations.

                            This keyboard is compatible with Windows, MAC, and Linux. If you like mechanical keyboards, this might be the best keyboard you’re looking for.

                            Pros

                            • Impressive build quality
                            • Great buy for its price
                            • Universal compatibility

                            Cons

                            • The blue switches in the keys are pretty noisy.
                            • Some keys might begin to malfunction with prolonged use.

                            You can buy this from Amazon for $62.99.

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                            9. Havit Mechanical RGB Gaming Keyboard Mouse Headset Combo

                            4.4-star, 6772 ratings

                              This is a complete gaming kit with an RGB lighting keyboard, mouse, and headset, all combined and synced together to give you that ‘rave’ feeling when you are gaming.

                              The headphone’s breathable soft fabric earpads and memory foam provide exceptional comfort. It also has a 50 mm sound driver and virtual surround sound for precision audio as you game.

                              Keyboard and mouse are plug and play and has universal compatibility. The headphone is also compatible with different devices and games, such as PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox, Xbox ONE, Nintendo, mobiles, tablets, and laptops.

                              Although the value for money lies in using it for gaming, it works well for just any other thing that other keyboards can do.

                              Pros

                              • The keyboard is well built and looks great
                              • Keys are solid and clicky
                              • Bright LEDs are bright and come pre-configured with lots of different lighting patterns.

                              Cons

                              • The keys are light but loud
                              • The headset is a bit bulky

                              You can buy this from Amazon for $90.99.

                              10. Logitech MK710 Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo

                              4.2-star, 3101 Reviews

                                You already know that Logitech produces wireless keyboards and mouse combo with batteries that last up to three years at an estimated two million stroke per year of office use. You also know that their keyboard has a cushion palm rest for the comfort of your wrist.

                                What you may find interesting in this particular model is its LCD dashboard that displays the icon status of your battery, caps lock, scroll lock, and number lock all at a glance. This might be the best keyboard and mouse combo by Logitech you can find.

                                Pros

                                • The keyboard is sturdy and does not wobble on a work desk.
                                • Keys are solid and soft, making typing comfortable

                                Cons

                                • Letters might start wearing out after some months of use.
                                • Only compatible with Windows operating systems

                                You can buy this from Amazon for $49.99.

                                Bottom Line

                                You will always find a keyboard with good functionalities for a price of less than $100. It is advisable, however, to choose one that is compatible with different operating systems and can connect to different devices.

                                Find the Best Keyboard for You

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