Your iPhone feels like it should be safe, most people’s main worry is dropping their phone or spilling a drink on it. However, having your phone stolen or hacked remotely is also a threat. Below are actions you can take to keep your data as safe as possible:
- The first tip on securing your iPhone against potential hackers is a fairly simple one – make sure that you’re always running the most recent iteration of iOS. Hackers occasionally find flaws in Apple’s coding which they can exploit, potentially giving them access to your personal data. New iOS updates are Apple’s way of combatting the exploits by patching any holes in the OS while implementing better stability enhancements.To update to the latest version of iOS, open the Settings app and tap General > Software update. You’ll either be welcomed by a note letting you know you’re already running the most up to date version of iOS, or be prompted to download and install the latest update.
- Another step you can take in the war against hackers attacking your iPhone is to activate ‘Find my iPhone’. If you lose your iPhone then you can log onto Find My iPhone from another iOS device or via the web and remotely wipe your device, taking your personal data with it. This means that even if the hacker did manage to gain access to your lost/stolen device, they’d find nothing. To remotely wipe your iPhone, log in to the Find my iPhone app, select your iPhone, tap ‘Erase iPhone’ and confirm the action. The next time it has an internet connection (if it doesn’t already) it’ll automatically wipe itself.
- We all know and love the 4-digit pin protection that Apple employs, but best practise is to use a passphrase instead. While passcodes only use numbers 0-9, a passphrase includes numbers, letters, symbols and case-sensitivity which should make your iPhone a lot harder to break into – although it may take a little longer to unlock your iPhone when you want to use it. To change from pin to passphrase, open the Settings app and go to General > Touch ID and Passcode > Change Passcode, tap ‘Passcode options’ and select ‘Custom Alphanumeric Code’. You should then be prompted to create a more complex password comprised of not only numbers, but letters, symbols too.
- The next tip is fairly self-explanatory – if you receive an unknown link via text, email or randomly on the web, don’t click on it. This could potentially pose a threat to your device and even though it may not be able to hack your iPhone directly, some pose as popular email clients like Gmail to gain access to your email account. The pages usually look pretty close to the real thing, so this type of scam is fairly common and it always pays to keep your wits about you.
- The last tip is to revoke access to apps. When you use iOS apps you’ll often be prompted to allow the app to access things like the camera, microphone, contacts, etc to use the app to the fullest extent. Even though allowing access means you can use every feature of the app, the app may also be able to access your private information. If you feel like you’ve installed a less-than-reputable app on your iPhone, you can either delete it or head to Settings > Privacy, select the permission you’d like to revoke and toggle the application off – sadly this has to be done on a per-permission basis as there’s no way to toggle permissions off all at once.