We use our smartphones to store more and more personal information about us, so being able to keep it safe from hackers is becoming an issue of top priority. If you own an iPhone you may think you’re safe from digital hackers, but that’s not always the case for physical hackers. Knowing the ways a physical hacker may try to steal information from your phone will help you to keep all your details secure. Follow our top tips for preventing your iPhone being hacked to make sure your phone and information always stay safe.
Using a passcode or making use of the fingerprint security option will help to protect your personal information. We use our phones for everything from banking to browsing so preventing others from easily getting in will make it harder for information to get used or stolen. go to Settings > General > Touch ID & Passcode Lock to turn on Touch ID fingerprint security or create a passcode.
If want to make your phone more secure than with a simple four digit passcode, then you can elect to use a longer phrase. Go to Touch ID & Passcode as above and turn Simple Passcode off. You’ll then be able to use lower and uppercase letters, symbols and numbers to make sure your iPhone is doubly secure.
Getting notifications to your lock screen is very useful for most users, but these notifications may show sensitive data from texts or your calendar that anyone will be able to see without even unlocking your phone. By turning off lockscreen notifications you’ll be able to keep all your information private from snooping eyes. This is especially useful for work phones.
You can change the type of notifications you receive for individual apps and messages, or you can remove access to the notifications view on the lockscreen by going to the Touch ID & Passcode settings page.
You can prevent your iPhone from being hacked by using the ‘self destruct’ options built into the phone. This is good for people who store lots of sensitive data on their phone and don’t want it falling into the wrong hands if the phone gets lost or stolen. Go to Settings > General > Touch ID & Passcode then enable Erase Data to add even more security to your passcode. This will erase all the data on the phone if there are 10 incorrect guesses at the passcode. If you use Touch ID you’ll get three chances for the phone to recognise your fingerprint before it will switch to passcode security.
As surprising as it sounds, turning off Siri may help to prevent your iPhone being hacked. This is because Siri can give away your personal information even on the lockscreen and a hacker who gets their hands on your phone can ask Siri questions that may force the virtual assistant to give away your details. To prevent Siri from speaking to dangerous strangers, go to Settings > General > Touch ID & Passcode then toggle off next to Siri under Allow Access When Locked.
Just like on some computer browsers, autofill on your phone’s Safari app can be useful for filling in details on the web such as your name and address, password or bank details. This is very helpful and can save you lots of time, but it will also save a hacker time when they’re trying to find out your personal information. When using Touch ID or a strong passcode, hackers shouldn’t be able to get as far as your Safari app, but these features are not completely foolproof and it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can manage what information autofill saves about you or turn it off altogether by going to Settings > Safari > Passwords & Autofill.
Each of the apps on your phone can access different information and use different features such as the camera or microphone. It’s easy to forget which permissions you’ve given to each app, and you may no longer want an app you don’t use having access to your photographs or contacts list. To see permissions for each app easily go to Settings > Privacy where you can toggle to change the amount of access each app has to your phone.