iPhone Security

iOS7 has made things more convenient in their iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch than ever before. Along with this, they have also more secure.

Here are some iNteresting tips you can use to reduce the chances of your valuable data falling into the wrong hands.

  1. Use a Passcode:

    The first thing you have to do when you get your device is to set a passcode, so that an intruder can’t just start looking into your all your things. You’ll find the setting in Settings > General > Passcode lock > Turn Passcode ON.Try to set a complex passcode for more safety. Use a large number of alphanumeric keys since it makes it harder to hack, but always “make sure that you can remember it” – what good is a passcode if it keeps even YOU out?.

  2. Control what’s displayed on the lock screen

    With iOS7, users are able to access both the Control Center and Notifications from the lock screen without having to unlock the device first. While this is definitely convenient, people around you can see some of your personal data like calendar entries, text messages, etc.You can get some extra privacy by forgoing this convenience. You can control what’s displayed by going to Settings->Notification Center and disabling the items that you don’t want to be accessible on the lock screen.

  3. Use Find My iPhone Activation Lock:

    A new feature in iOS 7’s Find My iPhone is called Activation Lock. This lets you lock your phone remotely through the Find my iPhone service. This makes it harder for thieves to sell your device when it’s stolen, since they’ll need your Apple ID to unlock the device and restore functionality.

    You can find this feature in Settings->iCloud.

    If you lose your device, put your device into Lost Mode by signing into icloud.com/find and launch the Find My iPhone service. Then, go to All Devices and pick your missing device from the list. Click the lost mode icon and enter a new four-digit passcode to ensure it’s locked.

  4. Enable Do Not Track (DNT) in Safari and block cookies:

    Try to keep your Web Browsing private. To keep things more private in Safari go to Settings->Safari, turn on the Do Not Track feature and make sure Block Cookies is set to disallow third parties and advertiser cookies.

  5. Apply Latest Software Updates:

    Always apply the latest software updates for iOS, since these provides important security patches. Go to Settings>General>Software Updates. The device will automatically search for new updates. If any updates are available, install them.

  6. Disable Location Services Unless Needed

    These days, many apps are Location Based, so this tip may cause inconveniences. However, Location Services can be used by malicious apps and/or web pages on your iOS devices to track down your location. The safest route would be turn off Location Services completely. Go to Settings->Location Services. Set it to off.

    However, if you would like to keep using location services, such as for maps, make sure that you don’t allow access to Location Services to untrusted apps – only to those you know are not malicious. Revoke permission to access your location for any apps that you don’t want by going to Settings->Location Services.

  7. Erase and Reset your device to defaults

    This may not belong to this list exactly, but is still vital as a basic iOS security tip. Before you pass your device on to a new owner, you’ll definitely want to erase everything and reset it to factory defaults, ensuring that you won’t leave any personal information behind.

    TO do this, go to Settings->Erase All Content and Settings.

    You’ll be required to enter your passcode twice and your Apple ID password to verify the reset and wait until your device restarts.

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