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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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            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

            Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

            Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

            Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

            So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

            Joe’s Goals

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              Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

              Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

              Daytum

                Daytum

                is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                Excel or Numbers

                  If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                  What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                  Evernote

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                    I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                    Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                    Access or Bento

                      If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                      Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                      You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                      Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                      All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                      Conclusion

                      I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                      What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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