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Six must follow security tips for iPhone users

iPhone security
Six must follow security tips for iPhone users 
Security is one of the biggest USP when it comes to iPhone and iPad. Some people feel that it is an extra headache, but believe us it is the most important factor for Mobile Phone.

We live in an era, where the smartphone has taken over our laptops and desktop for day to day activity. From our bank to our important data everything resides in our smartphone, in another way we can say today's smartphone is our gateway to the world.

But as the convenience increases conspiracy also increases. We are talking about the frauds and your data security. To many extend Apple has taken care of this but following some basic points will increase the security of your iPhone and iPad.

We have listed down six tips to increase the security of iPhone to make your data and other stuff safe.

Use a strong password instead of a 4 digit code

The simplest and most efficient way to protect your data is to use a strong password instead of a simple 4 digit pin code for unlocking your iPhone. It’s a good idea to use a combination of letters, digits and symbols. It’s even better if the password is requested immediately after the lock screen, without any delay. As an extra option, you can also turn the “erase data” feature on, so the device will wipe everything from its memory after 10 failed passcode attempts. But keep in mind that all the data will be erased forever and you won’t be able to recover it, so it’s best not to forget your password.

How will it help? It will reduce the chances of a criminal being able to guess your password.

Where can you set these requirements? Go to “Settings” –> “Passcode” (or “Touch ID and passcode”) –> “Require passcode: immediately”; “Simple passcode: off”.

Turn on two-step verification for Apple ID and iCloud

One lock is good, but two is better. That’s why it’s highly recommended that you set up two-step verification whenever it’s available for Apple ID and iCloud. When you set up two-step verification, you register one or more trusted devices (devices you control) that can receive 4-digit verification codes using either SMS or the Find My iPhone service. Then, any time you sign in to manage your Apple ID, sign in to the iCloud, or make an iTunes, iBooks, or App Store purchase from a new device, you’ll need to verify your identity by entering both your password and a 4-digit verification code.

How will it help? It will prevent your Apple account from being used by somebody that is not authorized.

Where can you set these requirements? Go to https://appleid.apple.com –> “Manage your Apple ID” –> “Password and Security” –> “Two-Step Verification”.

Backup your phone's data

Backup your data on a regular basis and download system software updates when prompted. “This way, you’ll always have the latest security updates and ensure that your device is always performing at an optimal level,” Caetano says.

Only use what you need

Disable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and location services when not being used. These can let evildoers access your device. “iPhones try to connect to the nearest WiFi signal and if this is left open, an attacker can create a WiFi hot spot, which the user could connect to without realizing it,” Lingenfelter says.

Choose your friends wisely

Family, friends and acquaintances who have an opportunity to pick up an unguarded and unlocked phone probably present the biggest security risk, guesses Weitzman. Families that share iTunes accounts also, depending on settings, sometimes share text messages, he reminds. And your security is only as good as your correspondents’. “If you send a message to someone, even if you have perfect security on your own phone if they don't then there is still a security risk that unwanted eyes will read it,” he says.

Finally, don’t be lazy

Most people don’t activate automatic locking and require pass codes to open their phones because they get tired of punching in the codes. Even more people don’t turn off Bluetooth and Wi-Fi when not used. And only a small number will go to the expense and trouble of buying and installing security apps.

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