The iPhone makes our lives more convenient. If you are concerned about the safety of your private data on your iPhone, here we provide you some tips to make it more secure. It is always advisable to take precautions by making use of the security features on your iPhones, and also to exercise caution to not permit hackers get to your device.
- Use a passcode
The first tip is to use the iPhone’s built-in passcode feature. Do not carry your iPhone without using a password permitting anyone to swipe open your phone. Protect your phone with a passcode – preferably minimum six-digit passcode or a custom combination of numbers, alphabets or symbols. You can also set up Touch ID or Face ID, so that you need not have to enter your passcode. Having to use your fingerprint or face to unlock the phone is more secure than a passcode which you are likely to forget.
To set up a passcode, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode or Settings > Face ID & Passcode and provide your fingerprint or face. Make sure iPhone Unlock is toggled on after you set up your passcode.
- Disable lock screen options
There are chances that a smart hacker can still get into your phone through the lock screen, even if you use a very complicated passcode. Siri is a very useful feature of iPhone but sometimes it can share personal information with hackers. They can share information from the lock screen and freely provide your personal information if your phone gets into another person’s hand. So, it is best to disable Siri from the lock screen.
Another method by which hackers get into your iPhone is to enable Airplane mode via Control Center from the lock screen. When your iPhone is in Airplane mode, you can’t track it via Find my iPhone option.
To disable Siri and the Control Center from the lock screen, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode (or Face ID & Passcode) and toggle off Control Center and Siri in the “Allow Access When Locked” list.
- Make your iPhone lock sooner
When you misplace your iPhone at any place and if it gets into wrong hands, they can act quickly before your passcode is required. You can set your passcode to be required after a certain amount of time has passed since you last unlocked your phone so that you are not repeatedly being asked to key in your passcode every time you use your phone.
You can set it for up to four hours, which is convenient for all. But the best option however is to set Require Passcode to Immediately, which makes you or anyone who picks up your phone to enter the passcode no matter how long ago you last unlocked your phone. This setting is set to Immediately by default when you set up Touch ID or Face ID. It is found in the Touch ID & Passcode page of Settings.
- Enable data protection
When your iPhone gets into someone’s hand with enough time there are chance that they could guess your passcode until they get it right if you use a four-digit passcode. To prevent this from happening, iPhone has a security feature that will wipe your phone if 10 consecutive incorrect attempts are made to enter your passcode.
After the first four attempts, iOS provides a delay until you can try again. There’s a one-minute delay after the fifth attempt, five minutes after the sixth attempt, 15 minutes after seven and eight attempts, and a full hour after the ninth attempt.
To enable this option go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, scroll down to the bottom and toggle on Erase Data to enable this feature.
- Enable Find My iPhone
When your phone gets stolen one way to get it back is by using the option Find My iPhone. This free feature of iCloud uses the phone’s built-in GPS to find its location on a map so you can track it to its current location. Setting up this feature is easy and when it is enabled, you can track your lost device from another iOS device or your computer. You can also play sound on your lost phone to help you to search it easily. In case you find it difficult to locate your iPhone, Find My iPhone enables you to lock your iPhone and also remotely erase its data.
To turn on Find My iPhone, go to Settings > [your account name] > iCloud > Find My iPhone and toggle the switch on for Find My iPhone.
- Set up two-step verification
Two-step verification protects the data which you have stored with Apple, including photos and files in iCloud and payment information for iTunes. Two-step acts as an additional barrier of security between the hackers and your account. This additional barrier comes in the form of a four-digit code, which will be sent to a device of yours, after you’ve entered your password. When a two-step verification is enabled, one needs another of your devices to get into your account, even if they managed to get your password.
Steps to set up two-step verification
- Visit the Apple ID settings page on your computer and click on “Manage your Apple ID.” Log in to the account you need to enable two-step verification.
- Click on the “Password and Security” option on the left side of the screen. Click “get started” link to enable two-step verification for your account.
- After clicking the link Apple explains what two-step verification means. After reading the guidelines acknowledge it.
- Add a device to your account, granting permission to receive the four-digit code required to gain access to your account. If you use one Apple ID for App Store purchases, and another to access iCloud services, you’ll need to set up the App Store account to be SMS only. The iCloud-only account will be able to use both Find My iPhone and SMS to receive the four-digit code. You can link the same phone number to more than one Apple ID.
- You will be provided with a Recovery Key. Take a note of it as if you forget your password, or lose a registered device, your Recovery Key will grant you access to your account.
- The last step is again agreeing to the implications of enabling two-step verification on your account.