The Apple iPhone is a powerful and versatile mobile device. It has the computing power of a modern PC packed in a small form. And it boasts a plethora of functions that we can use in many aspects of our lives. They are also pretty slick looking handsets too!
One disadvantage of the iPhone is that it can also make you vulnerable from a security aspect. Why? The answer lies with the array of options and features it has. Believe it or not, some iPhone users could leave themselves exposed from a data privacy point of view. And they might not even be aware that they are doing so!
Today I’d like to share with you some ways that you can lock down your iPhone and keep your private data secure. Here is what you need to know:
Create a strong passcode
Let’s face it. The four-digit passcode options that some versions of iOS allow by default is bad. You might not know it, but you can make your passcodes stronger.
For example, you can make them longer. And you can add a mixture of alphanumeric characters. That means you don’t have to rely on just numbers alone to secure your iPhone! To make any passcode changes, you need to go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode.
Use Touch ID
If you’ve got an iPhone 5S or newer, I recommend enabling the Touch ID system. In a nutshell, this is where you can unlock your handset using your fingerprint.
Used in conjunction with a strong passcode, it will make your iPhone harder to get into. And that’s exactly what you want to do if your device ends up in the wrong hands!
Encrypt data that you transfer
It’s likely you will need to send and receive documents and files on your iPhone. If the content of those files is sensitive in nature, you want to do so on a secure medium. One option is to use a VPN (virtual private networking) link with a provider like ExpressVPN.
Another is to have a bespoke encryption app created. The latter option is useful for business users. Especially those that send customer data to field representatives away from the office. Of course, you’ll need an app development firm to build you such an app. But, the good news is you have full control over your data and how it gets sent.
One convenient feature of the iPhone is also the device’s Achilles Heel from a privacy point of view. You can configure apps to display notifications on your lock screen. Of course, that means anybody can read things like text messages or email previews.
The simple solution is just to disable all notifications. Or, at least, disable them from showing on your lock screen.
Don’t use unsecured Wi-Fi networks
Last, but not least, you should avoid using unsecured public wireless networks. It goes without saying that doing so can leave you vulnerable to hacking attempts. For example, someone could intercept your data to learn about your account passwords.
Whenever you use a wireless network, ensure that it has WPA2-AES or better security. Avoid WEP networks: they are just as bad as unsecured ones!