Top 5 Ways to Improve your iPhone’s Security

It’s always a good idea to take precautions when it comes to your iPhone’s security. This is especially important if your phone contains personal information, like your credit card number. The good news is that the iPhone is equipped with a number of features that usually ensure utmost data security. Here are the top 5 ways to ensure you maximize these features.

Update firmware when needed.

Apple recently released iOS 7.0.6 to fix bug that allows data capture or modification in SSL/TLS sessions. Prior to the latest iOS release, iOS device users were vulnerable to attackers who could have recorded and monitored everything you did on Safari and other iOS apps such as Calendar, FaceTime, Mail, and Twitter.  

This just emphasizes the importance of always keeping your phone’s firmware updated. First releases, no matter how well they work, often have weak points in data security. Not updating your iPhone’s firmware just leaves you more vulnerable to hackers.

Enable the Auto-Lock feature.

The Auto-Lock feature is a basic security option that iPhone owners should always enable. This feature is most effective when combined with the use of a passcode or the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s. Through this feature, you can make sure that your phone’s touchscreen becomes locked after a period of inactivity, so you can keep your information safe from overly curious eyes.

To change Auto-Lock settings, access the ‘General’ tab on the Settings menu on your phone. From there, you can set the Auto-Lock feature to kick in after one, two, three, four, or five minutes. This is a huge convenience to individuals who often forget to lock their phone after use.

Disconnect from wireless networks when your phone is idle.

Hackers are now capable of accessing your phone’s data through wireless networks. So when you’re not actively using your phone to browse the Web or download files, make it a habit to disable WiFi and Bluetooth connections. It’s also best to modify your iPhone’s settings so that it doesn’t automatically connect to available WiFi connections. Your phone and all the information you’ve saved in it can easily be compromised if your phone connects to unsecure wireless networks.

Use Find My iPhone for remote data wipes in case of theft. 

Remote erase through Find My iPhone (image from Apple.com)

Remote erase through Find My iPhone (image from Apple.com)

In the unfortunate event that your iPhone gets stolen or misplaced, you have one line of defense left: remote data erase. This is possible through Find My iPhone, the official Apple app for owners of missing or stolen iPhones. A remote data wipe erases everything on your iPhone and restores your phone to factory settings. This is especially useful if you suspect that your iPhone has been stolen.

To use the app, you’ll have to set up an iCloud account on your iPhone and your computer. With an iCloud account in place, you can log into your account to activate the remote erase feature. If a remote data wipe isn’t the best option for you, you can simply activate Lost Mode to remotely lock your phone with the passcode and continuously track its location.

Read through app permission requests before installing apps.

How often do you read through that ‘App Permission Requests’ window that pops up each time you install an app from the App Market? A lot of malicious apps abound these days, and if you just skim the window’s contents before hitting ‘Install’, you’ll want to read the requests more closely next time.

These requests clearly indicate what information on your device a certain app can access, given you agree. It’s usually pretty easy to figure out if an app is trying to access information it has no business with; for instance, a puzzle game you’re trying to install shouldn’t be requesting access to your contacts list or the Mail or Messages apps.

You should be able to easily figure out all these security options on your own, but if you’re not sure about tinkering with your iPhone’s settings, or if you feel like your phone’s performance has been compromised by security threats, you can bring your iPhone to us. Visit MacMall’s retail stores to enjoy our Mall on Call services, which extend to previous and current iPhone models. MacMall is an authorized Apple service shop, so you can be sure that your device is in good hands.

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Just getting the hang of using an iPhone or an iOS device? You have just enough time to reserve your spot for the seminar ‘Introduction to iPhone and iPad with an emphasis on iOS 7’, at the MacMall Torrance store on February 26, 2014 at 12nn to 1 PM (PST). The seminar is completely free, but you’ll have to register to confirm your reservation. Slots are limited, so make sure to reserve your spot today!

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