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How to Make iPhone More Safe and Secure

How you can make your iPhone or iPad safe and more secure?

How to Make iPhone More Safe and Secure

I’m going to show you some settings that you should change right now. It will not only make your data safe but will also help you track down your lost iOS device.

10 Tips to Make iPhone More Safe and Secure

1. Create Alphanumeric Passcode

You should not walk around with an iPhone that anyone can swipe to unlock. You must set a strong passcode that is not easily predictable. Protect your iPhone with an alphanumeric passcode. So, set a passcode with your desired choice of length and choice of your alphanumeric characters. That will help you to keep your data safe and almost impossible for somebody to crack it.

2. Enable two-factor authentication

It provides an extra layer of security to your device and data. Even if your passcode is cracked by somebody, 2-step verification can save you as you have Since your device is in your hands, you can always prevent any security breach to your data. With 2-steps verification, any user (or culprit) has to enter a passcode and a verification code received on the device. Since your device is in your hands, you can always prevent any security breach to your data.

3. Use Touch ID or Face ID

If your device supports a Touch ID fingerprint scanner or Face ID, then you must use it to unlock your device. Enabling Touch ID or Face ID is much stronger security than a six-digit numeric or alphanumeric passcode that you can forget or that can be guessed by a hacker with enough time.

4. Enable Find My iPhone

It is a major security feature designed to safeguard your device. It lets you locate and protect your iOS devices in case they are lost or stolen. Considering the huge significance, you must set it up on your iOS device. Find My iPhone uses the phone's built-in GPS to pinpoint its location on a map so you can track its current location from another iOS device or using a computer.

1. Just go to Settings.

2. iCloud and enable Find My iPhone.

5. Disable Lock Screen options

If you think that creating 6-digit numeric or alphanumeric passcode would secure your iPhone, think again. Your locked iPhone is still accessible to any professional iPhone user, who can easily sneak into your device from Notification Center or Control Center. From the lock screen of your iPhone, anybody can swipe up to the control center and have access to Bluetooth, airplane mode, camera, and more functions.

And Notification Center provides easy access to messages and updates. Moreover, if you have left Siri enabled on the lock screen, culprits can ask questions and give commands to Siri to get the information. So I would suggest disabling access to notifications, Siri, and control center from the lock screen.

1. Just head over to settings.

2. Face ID and Passcode.

3. Enter your passcode - Scroll down and under “Allow Access When Locked”, disable Today, Notification View, and Siri.

6. Enable Data Protection

Once you set up Touch ID or Face ID make sure you use it for Data Protection. Enable it for iTunes & App Store purchases, Apple Pay, and Password AutoFill to protect your data. In any case, if your iPhone is stolen and someone tries to crack a passcode then a feature Erase Data can be more helpful to keep your data safe. This feature will erase all data on iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts.

Don't worry you can recover data from iTunes or iCloud, so make sure you always take a backup of your iOS Device and keep it synced with iCloud.

7. Encrypt Your iPhone Backups

If you sync your iPhone or iPad with a computer to back up your data instead of using iCloud, that means data of your iOS device is also stored on your desktop or laptop. I would suggest encrypting your iTunes backup to bring security level one step further as it is required a password to access your encrypted backup. So whenever you connect your iOS device to your computer to take a backup, make sure to check the box of "Encrypt iPhone Backup."

8. Manage Location Services

Learn to say “No” to any app that asks for location access on your iPhone or iPad. This feature doesn’t only enjoy your private information but also drains the battery and high usage of the processor on your iOS device. In this situation, go to Settings → Privacy → Location Services and manage all settings.

9. Safari Settings

There are few settings to change in Safari.

1. Go to Settings, scroll down and select Safari.
Here you can manage some privacy and security settings.

2. Disable “Prevent Cross-Site Tracking” to stop websites tracking you across the web to advertise products and services.

I also suggest disabling “Ask Websites Not to Track Me“ to prevent websites from tracking your browsing activities. However, if you have enabled this feature, it is up to the website to honor this request or not. You should also enable Fraudulent Website Warning. Well, I would not suggest enabling “Block All Cookies“ because certain web pages might not work unless you allow the use of cookies. Instead, I would suggest clearing History and Website Data occasionally to get rid of browsing data stored in cookies.

10. Using VPN

If you are using an unsafe internet connection at a cyber café, coffee shop, mall, hotel, or at any other public place. Virtual Private Network connects you securely to the internet and retains your digital privacy. There are some popular VPN applications available on the app store from ExpressVPN, IPVanish, NordVPN, and a lot more. That’s pretty much to it. Do you have any suggestions to make iPhone more Safe and Secure? I appreciate your feedback in the comments down below.

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