How to keep your iPhone protected

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Are you sure nobody can watch your phone activity? Or that your mobile bank is so safe because you never leave your phone? Check this list composed for you by Do My Paper experts to make sure your iPhone is safe.

Keep iOS up to date

Check the news about updates to keep the software always fresh. Why do you need to do it? Hackers are constantly looking for flaws and insecurities in the software. So do cybersecurity service. Keeping your iOS updated is the must.

To check are you updated, tap Settings app and then tap General > Software Update. The latest version of iOS and iPadOS is 14.0.1.

Activate Find My

Why? That function helps to find the device in case it’s stolen or you lost it somewhere. Also, you can remotely delete all data. You can activate it and then check the location of your iPhone from the other Apple device or web.

The way to turn the function on: Settings  -> iCloud -> Find My iPhone. Enable the function.

Create a long passcode

You may know that lots of iPhones were hacked using some tools to pick up the code. The longer the code, the harder is to hack it. 6 digits takes a few days. 8 digits – weeks. 10 – months. Well, the longer pass you can remember – the safer.

Auto-wipe iPhone content

In case, start from the activating backup function. If you are in situation when you need to instantly clear all the data from your device, follow the instruction: Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode (or Face ID & Passcode), enter your passcode, scroll to the bottom of the page and toggle on Erase Data.

Also, this function can activate itself in case of ten wrong password entries.

Avoid opening unknown links

 It’s the basic internet security option, but avoid links from the unknown mails, all the strange looking links. The damage can be not that bad – just access to your mail. But also your device can be hacked in full.

Revoke app permissions

Are you sure your new app does not eavesdrop? Make sure all the apps are permitted to use only necessary functions.

Don’t share location data in images

Why? Your data can be leaked, as the photo also contains metadata.

You’ll see this option when you attempt to share an image.

  1. With an image selected for sharing, tap on Options, beside Location Included at the top of the screen.
  2. If you don’t want to include location data deselect the button beside Location.

How to avoid iCloud photo leaks & hacks

The best way to avoid this is to set up two-step authentication.

Turn off Siri

It can be an easy way to access the device. If you don’t use it, it’s better to turn it off. How?  Settings > Touch ID & Passcode (or Face ID & Passcode) -> allow access when locked -> off.

Turn off auto-fill

The same can be said about Apple’s auto-fill feature in Safari. Apple’s Keychain stores website logins, prompting users to save the information after successfully logging into their accounts.

It’s a hugely handy feature as it means we don’t have to remember the login information for the myriad of websites we browse – and the same goes for credit/debit card information. Simply tap a button and Apple will fill out all your card information, apart from your security code.

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