Ten Ways to Protect Your iPhone from Failing or Become Inaccessible

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Ten Ways to Protect Your iPhone from Failing or Become Inaccessible

Securing data is important to prevent it from being accessed by unauthorized
people, as well as intentional destruction. It is important for preventing
accidental deletion, corruption, or infection of information. In one way or
the other, nowadays we store our lives on smartphones. Therefore, it is
necessary to take security seriously.

The following 10 tips will help protect your iPhone and stop prying eyes
from spying on your sensitive information.

1. Self Destruct

If you seriously want to stop intruders from checking your iPhone data, you
can manage your phone setting in such way that it will delete all data if
someone is trying to break in. Under the Settings option, you can enable the
Erase Data option, which will wipe the phone’s data after ten incorrect
attempts at the PIN.

If you have Touch ID enabled then it allows you three attempts at
fingerprint recognition before it will revert back to PIN entry. The good
news is, you can always recover deleted data from your iPhone (or any iOS
device) if it gets deleted or becomes inaccessible using iPhone data

2. Pin or Fingerprint Security

We use our smartphone for a number of things, like email, browsing, banking,
and shopping, so it’s dangerous to leave your phone unguarded. Locking the
screen will protect your apps and sensitive data from intruders. To enable
this, just go to the Settings app on your phone, then select the General
tab, then “Touch ID & passcode lock” from the selected option you will be
able to turn on either Touch ID fingerprint scanning or a numeric PIN.

3. Longer Pass-phrase

The four-digit PIN provides security, but there’s a one-in-10,000 chance
that someone will guess it correctly the first time. In order to avoid that,
one can opt for the passphrase option. To use this option, go to Settings
app, then select “Touch ID & Passcode” and turn off “Simple Passcode”. This
helps one in creating a more complex and longer passcode with lower and
uppercase letters, symbols, and numbers.

4. Privacy Settings

You have a number of apps installed on the phone and they all can access
various data or features on your phone. Some will use the microphone or the
camera, while some might be able to look at photographs. You must have given
them all permission to do this and that at the time, but it is easy to lose
track. There are also many apps which are no longer in use, and giving
access to those is an unnecessary risk. Thus, go to Settings app, then the
Privacy tab, where you can see which app has which privilege. While there,
you can turn them on or off.

5. Turning Off Notifications

The feature of viewing a summary of notifications on the lock screen is
great, unless it gives away confidential or personal data that could get you
into trouble. For example, it will show your calendar for the day, the
content of messages you received, and various other personal details.

6. Disable Siri

Siri option can leak data even when your phone is locked, just as was the
case with notifications. An intruder who notices your phone unattended can
ask all type of questions that could reveal important information. In order
to avoid this, go to Settings, then select “Touch ID & passcode”, and then
set “allow access when locked” on Siri to “off”.

7. Avoid Autofilling

AutoFill is a useful feature which automatically completes familiar text as
you type and remembers important details you often repeat. Therefore, any
time you’re given a text box asking for your name, password, username, or
credit card details, it fills them in for you. This is great, unless your
phone is being used by someone else. Thus, it’s better to turn it off. To do
this, go to Settings, then select General, and “Passwords & AutoFill”.

8. Using Device Finder

The “Find My iPhone” feature will only help you find your phone in the couch
cushions, but if your device disappears, you can put your phone in Lost Mode
which locks your screen with a passcode. This app comes with iPhones, but
one needs to set it up before the phone is lost. You can look for Find
iPhone app in Extras folder. Activation Lock makes it difficult for thieves
to sell because the device becomes unusable as it can’t be reactivated
without knowing its Apple ID.

9. Aiseesoft FoneLab

As the image at the link below above shows, FoneLab can recover deleted
photos from an iPhone. It also helps recover lost contacts, messages,
calendars, call history, notes, reminders, voice memos, Safari bookmarks,
voicemail, App data, WhatsApp data, and more from a broken device. Though it
makes no difference whether your iPhone was broken, lost, wiped, or crashed
due to jail-breaking (or upgrading), FoneLab also helps you restore data
from your iTunes backup in a snapshot, whether the data is under Call Log,
Messages, Calendar, Reminder, Notes, Safari bookmarks, or any other nodes
which was deleted before backing up your device with iTunes.


10. Software Updates

Software updates might contain fixes to flaws that might give intruders a
way to enter your device. Apple prompts users to get updates and install
them only when asked. In case of information thefts, a precaution is better
than a cure!

Author: Abhay Jeet Mishra

August 23 2016


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