As the value of your personal information grows in the age of hackers and cyberthreats, so does the incentive for cybercriminals to try to attack your iPhone, both in the real world and over networks and the Internet. You need to defend yourself and your information from these threats. Unfortunately, Apple's base security features aren't enough. You need to know how to utilize them, and you need to equip yourself with the tools necessary to fend off any attack. You need to build a wall of defense around your phone.
Here are a few tips to get you started to maximize the security on your iPhone.
The number of people not using at least a PIN lock screen is astounding. Don't be one of those people. Use either a biometric lock on your device or a reasonably complex verification sequence to protect your phone. If you can find an app that will build in yet another layer of protection that you like, use it.
This isn't just for your phone itself; it's for any accounts you use on your phone. Should a hacker break past your initial lock screen, you'll be thankful you have protections in place on your most sensitive accounts, giving you more time to act (remotely wipe your phone and reset your account passwords) while the hacker tries to break in.
In the event you need to remotely wipe your phone should it get stolen or should it get infected with malware or another threat, you need to be prepared by having the data on your phone regularly backed up. This way, you don't have to worry you'll lose that information and make what would otherwise be a tough decision a minor inconvenience.
Regardless of what solution you choose, being equipped with a tool that can bring your data back will keep your iPhone much safer and more prepared to shut down any threat that comes your way.
There are few greater threats to the integrity of your information than staying unprotected on a public network with your iPhone. The problem is that hackers using sniffer programs will often sit down and watch over these networks for any signs of valuable information (which you send and receive over a network far more often than you realize).
There are two things you're going to want to do with your iPhone to protect yourself from this threat: Disconnect from WiFi (and make sure you aren't connecting automatically) and utilize your data plan when appropriate. Install and use a Virtual Private Network (VPN), which will encrypt your connection and reroute your information through an offsite secure server. As for which one on the market to obtain, Secure Thoughts wrote reviews specifically for the iPhone that should help you.
Sometimes physical security is just as important as cybersecurity when it comes to your phone, especially when it comes to thieves and the value of your iPhone (they're a huge commodity around the world where they aren't so easily available). Theft is real, and in some cities thieves will be so bold as to take them right out of your hand. Keep them close to you in a place where pickpockets won't be able to grab your phone and run off with it.
Additionally, to protect it from damage, take some time to get a solid case that is shockproof and water-resistant. While iPhones are somewhat sturdy, they can't take too much of a beating, and you would be well advised protecting your investment.
There are, of course, other methods to protect your iPhones in particular situations, and the circumstances might change as developers and hackers become more sophisticated, but currently these are the main strategies and actions you must take to keep your device and your information safe. Stay vigilant and use your smartphone wisely and you shouldn't have any difficulties as you live your day-to-day life.
Are there any other tips you would recommend to a fellow iPhone owner? How secure do you feel with your current iPhone configuration? Please leave a comment below and tell us your thoughts.