1. iOS has to be up to date
Hackers are always eyeing over flaws, which they can exploit in Apple’s coding. Through iOS updates, Apple combats this issue by patching gaps and enhancing stability regularly. Apple came up with an update on January 22, 2019 primarily for security purpose, which addressed weak areas and vulnerabilities that could lead to hacking of iPhone & iPad.
Hence, you got to ensure that the latest iteration of iOS is running on your Apple devices. Even the smallest point updates should not be ignored.
2. ‘’Find my iPhone’’
Activating this brilliant feature by Apple ‘Find my iPhone’ is one thing that everyone should be doing at first place. This feature enables you to remove all your personal data from your iPhone in case it gets lost or stolen. All you need to do is, log on to Find my iPhone from web on a PC or Mac or from another Apple device, and remove your data from the lost phone.
This is the easiest way to keep your data to your chest even if somebody gets access to the phone.
3. Longer the pass-code, the better it is
A pass-code hacking tool known as ‘Gray-Key’ that everyone knows by now is used by the government agencies to crack iPhone & iPad passwords. This tool takes a few hours to crack a four digit password and a few days to crack a six digit one. The tool takes longer time for longer password, for instance it could take a few months to crack an eight digit pin and might take years to hack a ten digit pin. The concern here is not with the law enforcement agencies hacking it, but if tools like Gray-Key exist, its very much possible that similar tools could be available with the hackers as well.
The thing which you can do to protect your device from this vulnerability is to create a pin longer that six digits at least and use a pass phrase with random words, instead of numbers.
4. Avoid opening unknown links & attachments
This scam is pretty common. Avoid clicking unknown random pop ups or unfamiliar pages/links that you might receive via email, text or anywhere on the web. Such links though might be unable to hack your device directly but can potentially harm in many other ways like accessing your email account. Similarly, it goes for email attachments as well.
5. Turn off Siri on lock screen
There have been a few cases over the years, where people have easily got access to personal information through Siri, completely bypassing the password. Though each time any such case is discovered, Apple fixes it and bring on the next update but it’s a good measure to take if you are bothered of anyone bypassing your iPhone’s lock screen.
6. Never Jailbreak
Jailbreak not just gives you access to apps and software unavailable on Apple, but also exposes your devices to various mal-ware and viruses which Apple certainly do not want you to do. You won’t be able to get any help from Apple in case of any issue after you jailbreak your device as on doing so, your iPhone’s warranty gets void. The foremost thing to remember is, never jailbreak you Apple device.
7. Auto wipe iPhone data
There is a feature in your iPhone that lets you set your phone to self-destruct. This means if you turn on this setting, it will wipe out all content from your device if someone makes ten failed password attempts. We would say if you are highly concerned about your phone’s security and you have enabled your automatic iCloud backups, you may choose to go for this feature. It is available in Settings.
8. Use secure wi-fi
Though we advise you to use closed wi-fi network always but if you work in cafes and need to use public wifi often, make sure to download VPN- Virtual Private Network, it will create a security net around your internet space.
9. Use trusted charging stations
While all charging stations at the airports, malls, cafes or any public areas are created for your convenience and comfort, they do not however guarantee any security. As we know lightning cables are used for both charging as wells as transmitting data, so each time you plug in, you are exposing all the data on your device. Furthermore, if your iPhone gets paired to a juice-jacking station via USB, the hacker while remaining in the range of your wireless network, can access your iPhone wirelessly without your permission. However, if you got to use the public charging station, do not use your device while it is being charged and keep its screen lock until it’s done.
Along with the above mentioned measures, if you are serious about your iPhone’s security, do change your pass-codes frequently on all apple devices, turn off the auto-fill feature on Safari and avoid installing non- reputed apps or at least revoke app permissions to access your device’s gallery, contacts etc.
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