Saturday, June 22, 2024

Most Important Security Practices to Keep Your iPhone Away From Cyber Criminals

It is likely your iPhone stores a substantial amount of personal data, which you wouldn’t want to fall into the wrong hands. For example, it could contain your financial information, photographs, correspondence, sensitive documents, and account information.

It is, therefore, imperative to protect your device should it become lost or stolen, or if you fall victim to a cyberattack. Find out how to keep your iPhone safe.

Use the Passcode Feature

To prevent a thief from gaining access to your device and data, utilize the iPhone’s passcode feature, which is built into the device. The minute you realize your iPhone is missing, you can use the free Find My iPhone service to set a passcode to prevent access.

What’s more, it can use the smartphone’s GPS location to identify your iPhone’s current location, so the police can effectively track its location and recover the device.

Set Face or ID

Various iPhone devices feature a Touch ID fingerprint scanner, such as the iPhone 7 series and the iPhone 6 and 6S series, while the iPhone X offers a Face ID feature. Both security features can help you to increase your phone’s security in comparison to a simple 4-digit passcode, which can be guessed by a hacker.

An Innovative Security Solution

Due to the increase of file-less malware, traditional antivirus software will not effectively protect your device, which is why you must consider an endpoint security solution.

What is endpoint security? It is a security solution that has progressed from a traditional antivirus solution, which can shield your device on a network or in the cloud from various security threats. It can protect your device from an attack in a matter of seconds.

Avoid Jailbreaking an iPhone

Many people often attempt to jailbreak their iPhone to customize the device. However, this can be a big mistake, as it can reduce the smartphone’s security. That’s because Apple has developed the iOS operating system to protect a device against malware, viruses, and software security threats.

Disable Lock Screen Notifications

Lock screen notifications can sometimes contain various sensitive data, such as:

  • Private appointment confirmations
  • Personal correspondence
  • Financial data
  • Confirmation codes

To protect your data and accounts, disable the lock screen notification feature on your iPhone.

Set-Up Two Factor Authentication

Safeguard your device by setting up two-factor authentication, as two locks are always better than one. For example, you can set-up two-factor authentication for Apple ID or iCloud.

Consequently, you will need to enter both your password and a four-digit verification code when you log in to the iCloud, attempt to manage an Apple ID, or make a purchase on iTunes, the App Store or iBooks on a new iPhone device.

Update to the Latest iOS Version

To prevent security vulnerabilities, ensure you routinely update to the latest iOS version. Otherwise, a cybercriminal could potentially exploit a vulnerability in the code, which could grant them access to your data. To protect your device, open the Settings app before tapping General and then Software Update. You will then be prompted to install the latest update or will receive a note stating you have the most up-to-date iOS version.


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BALAJI is an Ex-Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. Editor-in-Chief & Co-Founder - Cyber Security News & GBHackers On Security.

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