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10 settings that will make your iPhone even more secure


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1. Use a long password

The easiest and at the same time one of the most effective ways to strengthen the protection of your own data is to set a complex password instead of a simple four-digit PIN code. It is best if it is a combination of letters, numbers and signs. And even better - if this password is requested immediately after locking the screen, without delay. As an additional safeguard, you can enable the deletion of all data after 10 failed password attempts. But be careful: the data is deleted permanently, so it's best not to forget your own password.

How to help: reduce the chance of password guessing.
Where to set up: go to "Settings" -> "Password" ("Touch ID and password") -> "Password request: immediately", "Simple password: off."

The PIN code should be replaced with a long password. And remove notifications from lockscreen

2. Disable notifications on lockscreen

Any password, even a very complex one, cannot protect the data that is automatically displayed on the lock screen. Messages and letters displayed on it may contain confidential data. For example, it can be one-time codes to confirm bank transactions. In general, the less information your iPhone displays on the lock screen, the more secure your data is.

How to help: will not allow strangers to spy on data appearing on a locked smartphone.
Where to set up: go to “Settings” -> “Password” (“Touch ID and password”) -> section “Access from the screen lock” and “Settings” -> “Notifications”.

3. Turn on 2-step verification for Apple ID and iCloud

One lock is good, and two is better, so a two-step check should be included wherever it is. In particular, to access iCloud services and when using the Apple ID. When setting up two-factor verification, you need to register one or several trusted devices to which you have constant access and to which 4-digit verification codes will come in SMS messages or in the "Find iPhone" service. After enabling this feature for Apple ID and iCloud, each purchase in the iTunes Store, App Store or iBook Store on a new device, as well as access to the cloud storage, will require, in addition to your usual password, entering a one-time code from SMS.

How to help: virtually eliminates the possibility of unauthorized use of your account.
Where to set up: go to the site -> “Manage Apple ID” -> “Password and Security” -> “Trusted Devices” -> “Manage” -> “Add a phone number with the ability to receive SMS -Messages. "

4. Prevent Siri from starting from the lock screen and by voice command

Due to the lack of support for the Russian language, domestic iPhone owners rarely use Siri. This, however, does not negate the fact that this feature is enabled for very many. Moreover, by default, you can also call Siri from the lock screen by holding the Home button. Thus, an attacker can even find out some information from a locked smartphone. To avoid this, it is not necessary to completely disable Siri, just remove the ability to activate it from the lock screen and by the command “Hey Siri”.

How to help: eliminates the ability to extract some data from the smartphone using Siri.
Where to set up: go to “Settings” -> “Password” (“Touch ID and password”) -> section “Access from the screen lock” -> “Siri: off” and “Settings” -> “General” -> “Siri” - > "Allow Hey Siri: Off."

In iCloud settings, you can disable automatic synchronization of any data

5. Turn off automatic data synchronization with iCloud

Remember the recent “drain” of celebrity photos, some of which were actively using Apple iCloud cloud storage. Many of the stars were shocked by what happened, assuring everyone that they had long removed the photos from their phones. It may well be that this is indeed so, since many of them had automatic synchronization turned on, which means that each photo was sent directly to Apple servers right after the shutter clicked. By the way, the same thing happens with other data: notes, mail, contacts, documents. If you have only one or two Apple devices, and numerous photos do not claim to be valuable in the future, then it is better to turn off automatic synchronization with iCloud.

How to help: reduces the risk of compromising your data in iCloud, including in the event of the loss of any of the synchronized devices.
Where to set up: go to "Settings" -> "iCloud".

6. Refuse auto-connect to Wi-Fi

The iPhone has a very convenient feature that allows you to automatically connect to familiar Wi-Fi networks. As soon as the smartphone sees the network with the name known to him, he immediately tries to connect to it without asking permission from the user. On the one hand, it is convenient. On the other hand, no one is stopping an attacker from setting up his fully controlled Wi-Fi network and disguising it as a well-known public hotspot, giving it the same name. As a result, you may not even notice that you are using the Internet not via a cellular network, but via Wi-Fi, while your data will already flow directly into the hands of criminals. Therefore, we recommend that you carefully check which networks you are connecting to, first making the iPhone “forget” the familiar networks and turning on Wi-Fi connection confirmation.

How to help: Reduces the risk of seamlessly connecting to a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi network.
Where to set up: go to “Settings” -> “Wi-Fi” -> Select the desired wireless network -> “Forget this network” -> “Return to Wi-Fi” -> “Confirm connection: on”.

7. Make a habit of using a VPN

We talk about the benefits of using a VPN regularly and are not too lazy to remind about it again: VPN is a mandatory tool recommended for everyone who cares about the safety of their data and often uses the iPhone in other people's wireless networks. Yes, in some cases the service costs money, but you can also find free options. In any case, you should not ignore it.

How to help: encrypts the transmitted and received data, making it intercepted by attackers pointless.
Where to set up: go to "Settings" -> "Basic" -> "VPN" -> "Add VPN configuration ...".

P.S .: to activate the function on the iPhone, you first need to obtain the VPN server data.

8. Disable cookies in your browsers.

Cookies are small files that remain on your device after visiting sites and contain basic information about you, your device and some settings on certain sites. In practice, this gives you the opportunity, for example, to remain authorized on the site and not enter the login password again: the server will find the saved cookie and put it on the site without delay.

On the other hand, these same files are used to demonstrate relevant advertising, and in the worst case, they can be used by cybercriminals for personal gain. In general, the inconvenience of disabling cookies will be more than useful, but if you want to protect your data as much as possible from a possible leak, you will have to sacrifice comfort.

How to help: reduces the risk of leakage of personal data available in cookies and their unauthorized use.
Where to set up: for Safari: go to "Settings" -> "Safari" -> section "Privacy and Security" -> "Do not track: on", "Block. cookie: always ”, for other browsers: see browser settings.

9. Disable autofill in your browsers.

The same applies to autocomplete: automatically substituting your usernames and passwords on different sites, the browser once again puts this data at risk. If you lose your iPhone or even just transfer it to a third party, provided you gain access to the browser, you can log in to all sites you visit without any problems. Not a pleasant prospect, is it?

How to help: will reduce the risk of unauthorized authorization on sites.
Where to set up: for Safari: go to "Settings" -> "Safari" -> "Passwords and autofill", for other browsers: see browser settings.

In Safari settings, you can disable the storage of cookies and autofill

10. Deny apps access to photos / SMS / contacts

This tip is for true paranoid. In iOS 8, applications have access to so many smartphone features and capabilities: from location data to text message content. Fortunately, any of the app's can be denied access to this or that information. In any case, the corresponding settings are available. So if you don’t like that Facebook knows too much about you and wants too much from your smartphone, then you know what to do.
How to help: at least give you confidence that large companies like Google will not be able to get information about where you are and with whom you correspond.
Where to set up: go to "Settings" -> "Privacy".