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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 September 20, 2018

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

            In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

            Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

            In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

            Minimizing Tabs

            Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

            Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

            Incognito Mode

            Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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            1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
            2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
            3. Download extension New Incognito Window

            This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

            Save Webpages as PDF Files

            Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

            Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

            Open Recently-closed Tabs

            Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

            One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

            The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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            Solve Mathematical Problems

            Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

            For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

            Play Media Files

            Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

            In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

            Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

            With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

            Stay Focus(e)d

            Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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            Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

            With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

            This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

            Grammarly for Editing

            Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

            You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

            Loom

            There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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            There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

            With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

            Chrome Calendar Extension

            No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

            Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

            Final Thoughts

            Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

            Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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