Nov 17th, 2021

In order to keep your iPhone safe from intruders, you have to know the features and settings that will protect it. There is a significant danger from malicious individuals who want to steal your private data, money, or identity. 

As our loved ones store more and more information on their iPhones, it’s becoming increasingly important to protect ourselves. 

Apple has taken some steps to offer users an easy experience with its products by holding hands and walking you through the process of using the device. But when it comes to securing your iPhone, Apple leaves a lot to be desired in offering you simple instructions.

Below are ten tips that will help keep your iPhone secure once you know how these features work!

Turn off lock screen notifications.

While you may enjoy the convenience of seeing on your lock screen notifications from apps like Messages or Mail, this feature can leave your iPhone vulnerable. As soon as someone gets possession of your phone, they will be able to see all these messages and act accordingly.

Watch Out for Shoulder Surfing

With your phone in your hand, someone can easily look over your shoulder and gather confidential information about what’s on the screen. To avoid this, use a secure lock screen that is password protected to shield your iPhone from curious onlookers.

Protect Your Apple ID Password

It’s a good idea to change your password from time to time, but it can also be a security risk. If someone steals your Apple ID and Password, they will have access to all areas of your account so make sure you choose a strong password that is difficult for a stranger to guess. 

Set Up Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication adds security to your Apple ID account. It is essential if you use any payment services like iCloud, iBooks, or other store features that store financial information. 

To enable two factor authentication, go to Settings > Apple ID > Password & Security . You will be asked for your password and then answer the specific security questions set up when you created the Apple ID. Then, verify your phone number by receiving a text message with a code. 

Disable Siri on the Lock Screen

Siri can be a great tool in many situations, but it’s not a good idea to allow access when your iPhone is locked. As long as Siri is enabled, anyone who gets hold of your phone will have the ability to send text messages and emails, make calls, or create reminders without knowing your passcode.

Do Not Sync With iCloud

It’s convenient to access all your information seamlessly across your iPhone and iPad. However, iCloud has been hacked in the past, and you don’t want any data to be vulnerable. 

To keep your data safe, do not connect iCloud to your phone. Instead, save photos and files in a password-protected folder on your computer. 

Use a VPN on Your Phone

Virtual private networks are a great tool to protect yourself from hackers, especially when using any WiFi network at a local coffee shop, airport, or other public places. 

So what does a VPN hide, exactly? They encrypt your Internet traffic and make it impossible for others to see what you are doing online. There’s nothing wrong with using it on secure networks or when using your mobile data, either. 

Use Erase Data After Too Many Attempts

This is one of my favorite tools as it can safeguard personal data from prying eyes. With this feature enabled, when someone enters the wrong passcode too many times, they will be unable to access your phone. Instead, the iPhone will completely erase all data after ten incorrect passcode attempts. 

To enable this feature go Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and then disable “Simple Passcode.” Next, toggle Erase Data to ON under USE KEYBOARD. 

Turn off cookies in Safari and Your Other Browsers

Cookies are often used to track your browsing activity, which is how companies learn about what you are interested in. This data can be sold to advertisers that target you with specific messages based on your interests.

To prevent this from happening, go to Safari > Settings > Privacy and make sure that “Block Cookies” is set to Always. You should also turn off cookies in your other browsers. 

Lock Your Phone When Not in Use

One of the easiest ways to keep others from snooping on your phone is by keeping it locked when you’re not using it. If anyone steals or gets hold of your phone, they will have to enter the passcode before using any of the features on your iPhone.

Conclusion – Learn to be Tech Savvy

It can be easy to become overwhelmed by all of these different iPhone settings and precautions, so I suggest learning a few tricks to keep your phone safe. There are plenty of free tutorials online.

Although most people don’t realize it, Apple products have been infiltrated by spies and hackers in the past. To protect yourself from anyone gaining access to your personal data, be sure to know your phone and follow the above tips!