It’s probably not that you’ve come to your new year’s resolution list, but it’s definitely one to keep up late (especially if you’ve received one of Apple’s phones this Christmas): Make sure your iPhone is safe against evil.
A smartphone is an abundant source of personal information, such as photos, contacts, and even back details. This means that cybercriminals adhere to them increasingly as ways to benefit from unsuspecting victims. Although some of the most basic security measures are very easy to follow, many of us forget to implement them, which puts us at risk. Therefore, we will emphasize the easiest ways to keep the information stored on your iPhone safe from criminals.
1- Safe Identification
A good feature of Apple’s new devices is that you can choose an authentication method that is not a traditional password. The devices come with biometric sensors installed on their screens that recognize fingerprints and allow the user to unlock and access their smartphone.
You can also choose an access code that is longer and more complex (and more difficult to guess). Make use of the six digits you offer. You only need to remember whether the biometric system fails five times or you have not used the device within two days, but it will make it more difficult for cybercriminals.
2- Hide information on the screen
What is the point of having a verification system if you leave information on the screen? It is possible to see messages from WhatsApp, emails and even talk with Siri, all without unlocking the screen. If you use the biometric access system, you will not waste any more time (in this case seconds!) When you open your notifications, it’s best to turn off these unsafe options.
3- Use a two-step verification process
The iPhone currently does not allow the use of biometric and traditional passwords at once, but you can configure your internet accounts (iCloud, email, banking, etc.) to use a two-step verification process when you access them.
When you do this, you have a key and a symbol, which is basically a code that each device receives via SMS or your chosen security application, such as Google Authenticator.
4- Disconnect what you do not need
If you do not use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, turn them off. Activating them means that your device connects to the public network that may not be secure. Therefore, open the door to cybercriminals.
5- Be careful with your movements online
What you get online can easily be detected by cybercriminals, even without the need or passwords or the like. You should ensure that cookies, browsing history and other information stored in your browser are not available to criminals. Each browser, including Safari, allows you to browse safely and in the configuration of your device, you can open and delete the history as well as the passwords you have saved.
6- Use secure networks
Once you make sure that your browser offers you the best security, make sure that the network you choose also does the same. Be careful when using public networks and if you need one, use a VPN.
7- Determine the limits for the applications
Another area to consider are the applications you download. Make sure they come only from official or trusted sources, and always check what permissions you are asked to install. If something seems unusual, do not let it go.
8- Periodic update
You need to update your phone’s operating system when your iPhone informs you. This is a basic security measure because updated systems avoid the risk of a detected vulnerability, which causes your device to resolve the damage.
9- Manage your accounts well
If you have synchronized more than one account on your iOS device, keep a record of the information you share with each other. It would be even better if you avoided the same password for both accounts.
10- Create Backups
Even if you have followed all the above steps, be sure to be prepared for the worst scenario. The best way to do this is to back up all information, not to make the device. You can also activate the “Search my iPhone” in iCloud, which allows you to detect your phone in case of theft.