iPhones have credit for being notoriously secure. In fact, they have created rather large postage between Apple and the FBI because, according to the FBI, they are too secure! Using an iPhone is not automatically a guarantee of security.
The good news is that there are some simple things you can do to avoid having problems. The following seven tips will help you make sure your iPhone is the digital fortress it intended to be.
1. Use A Long Password: Most put a four-digit PIN code or perhaps the slightly safer six-digit PIN to secure their iPhone. And one can also think that should be entirely acceptable protection when you consider that the phone locks itself for a long time if a thief tries to unlock it with a wrong code too many times. Depending on your setup, it can delete itself after 10 incorrect entries.
So what could go wrong, though? Out of 10,000 possible combinations, the IT criminal must guess correctly during 10 attempts. Using 6 digits increases your odds further.
However, not all attacks require repeated input of numbers. The latest of the kind, the so-called GrayKey device, can break a PIN of 4 digits of an hour or two and a PIN code of six digits of no more than 3 days.
If there is a universal truth about these passcodes, it is that longer is better. The best thing you can do is to start using a longer alphanumeric password instead of a PIN code. Each additional character lengthens the time it takes to hack the code exponentially and that time becomes even longer when adding letters and symbols to a mix.
If you want to change your password and do it longer, open the Settings app and click on Touch ID and Passcode. Enter your current PIN and click Change Passcode on the next screen. Enter your passcode again but instead of entering a new passcode, click on Passcode Options. It allows you, among other things, to choose a customized alphanumeric code.
I know what you’re thinking. Who wants to enter a long password every time they unlock their phone? Fortunately, modern iPhones have easy biometric options for entering the device without entering a password every time. With Touch ID or Face ID, you quickly enter the phone without having to enter your password.
Of course, Touch ID and Face ID are user-friendly features, not security features. There are legitimate doubts about the security of using a biometric pattern that cannot be changed as a replacement for a password. But if it allows you to use a longer password in an easy way, it is much more valuable than if you avoid them and use a short PIN code. You can always temporarily lock your device so that Touch ID and Face ID do not work. For more information, see Apple’s security information on Touch ID and Face ID.
2. Lock Your Apple Id With 2fa: With what, you ask? The abbreviation (2FA) stands for two-factor authentication, an approval that not only requires something you recognize as a password as well as something you have as a temporary one-time code. An IT criminal must use both to access your account.
Your Apple ID contains the keys to the Kingdom. It is tied to all the devices you own. There is probably a credit card attached to it.
Luckily, Apple offers 2FA on your Apple ID, and it is highly recommended that you use it. Doing so means that you must always enter both your password and a six-digit code sent to a trusted device before logging into your account from a new machine.
3. Keep Your Iphone Up-To-Date: iOS (the system running on iPhones) is often updated to correct vulnerabilities that can be used in various scenarios to attack your device. Some of these are less serious, others are very serious
An example is the so-called GrayKey device, which is discussed above. One still does not know the method it uses to break into an iPhone but one thing is certain: it rests on one or more unknown security vulnerabilities in iOS. At some point, Apple will find and correct these vulnerabilities, thus securing you against GrayKey or other groups or individuals who have discovered these vulnerabilities. If you do not instantly install iOS updates when available, you will continue to be vulnerable.
Worse still, once a vulnerability is fixed and Apple publishes their release notes, it gives hackers some extra information to help them find the vulnerability. This means that older systems are potentially at greater risk after this time.
4. Use Vpn On Free Wi-Fi: Public Wi-Fi can be extremely dangerous. For example, if you try to log on to your bank’s website on a public Wi-Fi, it is not certain that you actually log on to your bank’s website. It can be a malicious website that looks like the right website that malicious actors on the Wi-Fi network send you to instead.
You can always use mobile data when you’re in the public and interrupt your Wi-Fi setup, but it’s not always practical, especially because of the data air that is on most phone/data subscriptions. Fortunately, there is a good solution: VPN.
Unfortunately, there are many insecure and unreliable VPNs out there. It doesn’t help much about your security if your VPN handles your data carelessly or otherwise doesn’t act in your interest. There are many free VPN solutions out there, but remember the first rule when something is open on the Internet: If you do not pay for it, you are the product.
It may take some time to find a reliable, secure VPN. One has to make sure that the VPN solution has good support for iOS; You can start by dropping everything that requires you to download an app but not offer an iOS app.