When we talk about the security of the iPhone, we’re not talking about security on a desktop or laptop. Of course, everyone wants to protect his data from people who do not want access to them, but traditional concerns about computer security such as antivirus software are no problem for iPhone and iPod touch owners.
Perhaps the most pressing issue when it comes to iPhone security is not electronic but physical: theft.
Apple devices are attractive targets for thieves and are often stolen; so much that up to 18% of the big criminals in New York concerned the theft of the iPhone.
But the fact that theft is a major issue does not mean that this is the only aspect of iPhone security that you need to worry about. Here are some tips that each iPhone and iPod touch user should follow
1. Prevent theft
Since theft is the greatest threat to the security of iPhone users, take steps to keep your iPhone safe and to keep it safe. Check out these anti-tips for ideas on how to stay safe
2. Create an access code
If your iPhone is stolen, it’s best to make sure the thief has no access to your data. One of the best and easiest ways to do this is to activate your iPhone’s built-in Feature Access Code. Learn more about the access code, including how to configure and control it. You can set an access code after stolen with Find My iPhone (later on later), but it’s better to have the good security solution in advance
3. Use Touch ID
If your device has the Apple Touch ID fingerprint scanner (at the time of writing, this means that the iPhone 7-, iPhone 6 and 6S, SE and 5S series, as well as iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad- models) mini 3 and 4), you should use it. Scanning your fingerprint to unlock your device is a much stronger security than a four-digit password that you can forget whether a computer can guess in time
4. Turn on Find my iPhone
If your iPhone is stolen, find my iPhone may be the way to fix it. This free iCloud feature uses the built-in GPS of the phone to locate your location on a map so you can (or much safer and better the police) locate it to your current location. It’s also a great tool for finding lost devices. This is what you need to know when it comes to Find My iPhone:
5. Antivirus software
Antivirus software is a key part of the way we protect desktops and laptops, but we do not hear too much about iPhone viruses. But does this mean it’s safe to skip the use of antivirus on an iPhone? The answer is currently yes.
6. Do not let your phone jailbreak
Many people call for unlocking your phone because you can personalize your smartphone in ways that are not approved by Apple and install applications that are denied entry to the official App Store. But if you want your iPhone to be as safe as possible, stay away from jailbreaks.
Apple has designed iOS, the operating system running on iPhone, taking into account security, so iPhones are not vulnerable to viruses, malware or other software-based security risks that are common to PCs and Android phones.
With the exception of phones with jailbreak. For example, the only viruses that affected the iPhones are for jailbreak devices. Therefore, the appeal of jailbreaking can be strong, but if security is important, do not do it.
7. Encrypt backups
If you synchronize your iPhone with your computer, the data on your phone is also stored on your desktop or laptop. This means that the data can be accessible to the people who may be behind your computer. Protect that data by encrypting those backup copies. This prevents someone who does not know your password from accessing your data through your computer.
Do this in iTunes when you synchronize your iPhone or iPod touch.
On the main sync page, in the Options section of your device’s image, you’ll see a checkbox called iPhone Backup or encrypt the iPod backup.
Check the box and set a password for the backup. If you want to recover from that backup now, you need to know the password, otherwise, you will not be able to access that information.
Optional: security applications:
Currently there are not many applications that improve the security of your iPod touch or iPhone, although they may change in the future.
As the iPhone’s security becomes a bigger problem, things like VPN clients and antivirus suites for iPhone or iPod touch are expected. If you see them, be skeptical. Apple’s iOS design is very different from, say, Microsoft for Windows and is much safer. Security is unlikely to become such an important problem in iOS as in other operating systems.
Having said that, you can always get more information on how to protect your digital privacy and how to prevent the government from spying. It never hurts to know what you can.
It is also important to keep in mind that some tools that are available in the app store and that seem to have heavy security features, such as fingerprints or eye scans, do not actually perform these tests. Instead, they use another security protocol that disguises them when these scans appear. Before buying security applications in the App Store, make sure you know clearly what the application does and does.