There was a time when we used to think iPhones are most secure but now we know iPhones can be hacked too, even with the ever-increasing layers of security. It’s now possible for cybercriminals to hack an iPhone remotely via iCloud. To avoid hackers having access to your data on your devices it’s good to take precautions and use the security features on our iPhones.
There are plenty of ways to protect your privacy with Apple’s own settings but there are also plenty of third-party applications that can further help you to control your data. The twelve tips below will ensure you’ve implemented every security hacks possible
Never Jailbreak your iPhone
The topmost advice for keeping hackers away from your iPhone is never jailbreak your iPhone. Jailbreaking allows iPhone owners to access software and apps not available in the Apple ecosystem, and it also exposes your iPhone to viruses and other malware. Moreover, you won’t be able to get help from Apple if something goes wrong with your device because you’ve voided your warranty by jailbreaking.
Always Use VPN
You can definitely add an extra layer of security to your iPhone by enabling VPN feature. By connecting to a VPN server you will be encrypting all of your traffic, making it near impossible for anyone to spy on what you’re doing online.
You can configure the VPN connection by going to Settings – General –VPN or you can download and install a VPN application from App Store.
Restrict Access to Data
As a safety measure, you can set up your phone to delete records of any kind of messages after a certain period of time. You can do this by going to Settings-Message-Keep Messages and set them up to expire after about 30 days. For Audio messages set them to delete those two minutes after listening.
Turn off your lock screen notifications
Emails, Messages, and other information in your apps can contain some sensitive data like confirmation codes, financial data, private appointments, etc. Any kind of password even the strongest ones won’t prevent your data from being revealed if it appears on your lock screen. So the less your iPhone shows on a lock screen, the safer your data is.
Disable Siri on your lock screen
Siri is iPhone’s greatest feature, but sometimes this personal assistant may give some information that you would prefer to keep confidential. You might know Siri communicate with anyone, not just with an owner of the device it works on. So to keep your iPhone much more secure prevent it from activating on a “Hey Siri” voice command or from a lock screen.
Turn off automatic sync to your iCloud
You might have read a lot of celebrity pictures leak were originally stored on Apple’s iCloud servers, when you sync data to the “cloud” then it stays there, even if you get rid of it locally. It happens with almost any kind of data like messages, notes, contacts, documents, and everything syncs automatically unless you turn it off. As hackers are accessing to icloud, I would recommend not sync data on a daily basis.
Turn off cookies in your browsers
Cookies are small files which most of the website generates and leaves on your devices. They may contain some information about your Smartphone, and your preferences. Mostly it helps websites keep you logged in and to show you some ads, but in most cases, they are helpful to cybercriminals as they can contain sensitive data. To keep your data more secure turn off cookies.
Turn off the AutoFill option in your browsers
If someone gets your iPhone, then chances are this person will be able to log in as you on a number of sites because of Autofill options. If you don’t want this to happen, switch off Autofill options. But you’ll experience some inconveniences, but it’s worth it.
Use strong passwords
The simplest way to protect your data is to use a strong password to unlock your iPhone. For more security purposes you can turn the “erase data” feature on, so after 10 failed passcode attempts the device will wipe everything from its memory.
Update iOS regularly
Updating your iOS devices to the latest software is the best way to make sure your devices are protected from hackers. Because with each update Apple improves security features and fixes previous bugs which allow hackers to access data.
Change Apple ID and Password Regularly
Your Apple ID is important to your iPhone’s overall security. Changing your Apple ID and password regularly is the best way to ensure that no one can access it without your permission. So I recommend you to create a new Apple ID password every six months.
Only Use Trusted Charging Stations
In the last few years, you might have seen charging stations popping up in airports, cafes, railway stations, and other public places. While these stations are designed to be convenient for our lives but they aren’t guaranteed to be secure. You might know cables work for transmitting data as well as charging, so you’re opening all of your data on iPhone every time you plug into a charging station. The easiest to secure yourself is to keep a small battery pack with you to charge your devices.