Apple’s devices are attractive targets for thieves and are often stolen; so How do you protect yourself? Well, you can follow our tips in order to maximize your iPhone security.
But just because theft is a major concern doesn’t mean it’s the only aspect of iPhone security you should care about. What follows are some tips that every iPhone and iPod touch user should follow:
1. Set a STRONG Password
If your iPhone is stolen, you better make sure that the thief can’t access your data. One of the best, and easiest, ways to that is my turning on your iPhone’s built-in Passcode feature, including how to set one and what it controls. You can set a passcode after its stolen using Find My iPhone (more on that in a minute), but it’s better to get in the good security habit ahead of time.
2. Disable lock screen options
Even with a strong passcode, Siri can actually still share too much information from the lock screen — so disabling that function will keep your phone more secure in the event you lose it.
Go to Settings –> Touch ID & Passcode –> Turn off each feature (or the ones you choose) under Allow Access When Locked.
3.Turn off lock screen notifications
Any password, even the strongest one, won’t prevent your data from being revealed if it appears on a lock screen. Messages, emails, and other information in your apps can contain some sensitive data like confirmation codes, private appointments, financial data, etc. The less your iPhone shows on a lock screen, the safer your data is.
How will it help? It won’t let strangers oversee information showing up on a lock screen.
Where can you set these requirements? Go to “Settings” –> “Passcode” (or “Touch ID and passcode”) –> “Allow access when locked” section.
4. Make your phone lock sooner
If you lose your phone and someone finds it before the passcode is set to turn on, they can access your data immediately. So making your iPhone lock sooner will help make it more secure.
Go to Settings –> Touch ID & Passcode –> Immediately is the most secure option, but you don’t want to have to type in your passcode all the time, you can choose a shorter time requirement.
5. Turn on Find My iPhone
Even if you have ignored the first four steps here, I implore you to enable Find My iPhone. It doesn’t add any inconvenience in the day-to-day operation of your iPhone and is easy to set up. With it enabled, you can track your lost device from another iOS device or your computer, seeing where your iPhone is on a map. You can also play sound on your lost phone to aid your search efforts (which turns out isn’t helpful when your phone is locked in a car in your driveway). And if you really aren’t having any luck with locating your iPhone, Find My iPhone lets you lock your iPhone and also remotely erase its data.
To turn on Find My iPhone, go to Settings > iCloud. Tap on Find My iPhone and toggle the switch on for Find My iPhone.