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
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
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.
3. Longer Pass-phrase
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.
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
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”.
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
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!