When it comes to iPhone security, it is not exactly the same as your PC or laptop one. Of course, the priority is to protect your data from unauthorized access or tampering. But if, for a typical computer, the problem is solved mainly by anti-virus and spam filter software, for the iPhone and iPod touch the main problem lies in a completely different area.
This problem is not in the field of electronics, and it is not even a physical theft. Apple’s devices are very attractive to thieves. For example, in New York, 18% of the total number of burglaries are committed towards iPhone. But theft protection is not the only aspect of iPhone security. Here are some tips that we recommend the owners of iPhone and iPod touch to follow:
1. So, first of all, take actions against theft
Be vigilant and do not leave your gadget unattended or in easily accessible places.
2. Set a password
This is one of the most simple but effective ways to prevent unauthorized access to your data. Optionally, you can set a simple password consisting of four digits, or more complex, containing any combination of letters and numbers.
3. Use the Touch ID
If your device is equipped with a fingerprint reader, be sure to use it to unlock the iPhone. This means security is much stronger. After all, you can forget this four-digit password or it can be guessed by the bot.
4. Enable Find My iPhone
If your iPhone is stolen, this feature greatly increases the chances of its return. This free option of iCloud uses the built-in iPhone GPS to determine its exact current location on the map. There is no doubt that Find My iPhone is also very useful for lost devices search. But scammers have already found some tricks how to steal your Apple id, in case if your iPhone was lost somewhere. They send notifications to your e-mail with text that your iPhone was found, which looks almost identical to official Apple messages. In such way, they try to get from you the password from your Apple account. Be careful and check who sends you messages on behalf of Apple.
5. Do not use jailbreak (jailbreak)
Many people tempt to jailbreak the iPhone and install applications that are not included in the official App Store or change the phone settings of Apple. But if security is important to you, stay away from jailbreaking.
Apple developed iOS with security in mind. This robust system is not exposed to the risk of viruses, malware and other threats, which is common for computers and phones running on Android. Therefore, iPhone does not need to install additional antivirus and other programs that improve safety. Exceptions are compromised by a jailbreak device. All known cases of iPhone viruses occurred precisely because of such gadgets.
6. Encrypt backups
If you sync your iPhone or iPod with your computer or laptop, data from the device is stored there. This means that other people potentially can access your computer and further your data. Your important information should be encrypted at your backups.iTunes doesn’t encrypt your backups by default. To encrypt a backup in iTunes for the first time, you need to turn on the password-protected Encrypt backup option. Then, iTunes automatically makes encrypted backups for that device from then on. More instructions how to do it you can find here Apple support. Moreover, make sure that computer you are using is also protected from spam and malware.
7. Do not be afraid to erase data
In the section “Touch ID and password” at the bottom there is a toggle switch “Clear data”. When activated, all information on the iPhone will be removed after a number of failed password attempts. If you store on your smartphone something important, we recommend you to use this option. And you can always recover it from the backup in iCloud.
And the most important, update your iOS in time. Apple releases updates to fix critical vulnerabilities in the system. Just the company does not announce it publicly to keep you safe.