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Are You Doing Enough To Secure Your iPhone?

These iPhone Security Hacks Will Keep the Wolves Away.

 

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Take a look at that fine piece of computing machinery called an iPhone in your hands.

All that power, functionality, and computing ability fitted into such a small machine. What’s more, there is the rumor going around that the iPhone eats all cyber threats that come its way for breakfast.

Well, that is true in a way.


The Cyber Threats facing iPhone users

The only way the above claim is true is when you follow all the security and privacy guidelines expected of you. Some of them we have mentioned below, but before then, what makes them worth following at all?

Well, the iPhone has a lot of enemies – one of such being dedicated groups launching malicious apps that will grant them backdoors into the treasure trove of data that is on your phone. 

As if that is not enough, the software itself is not perfect. This explains why Apple issued an iOS 14.4 update some weeks ago to fix an issue in the OS.

That alone tells you that you have to constantly monitor the health of your device and the accounts you have on there.

Fortunately, we have a guide that helps you get that done easier, faster, and better.


Boosting your iPhone security 2021

In no particular order, these are highly important security tips to implement today.


Tip #1 Never jailbreak your device

The term ‘jailbreaking’ sounds very wrong but makes the act enticing to those who love to do it.

Apparently, Apple is keeping users behind a walled garden and these users would rather have all of the freedom they can.

Think about the fact that this walled garden, so to speak, is not meant to keep you locked in but prevent the hackers from getting in from the outside.

Fortunately, the phone does all that you ask of it even with the restrictions in place. Should you need more freedom, consider getting an Android device as a backup unit.


Tip #2 Never sideload apps

This usually comes with jailbreaking but some users can sideload apps without jailbreaking their units either.

No matter which side of the fence you are on, now is the time to stop.

Apps in the App Store have been checked and vetted by dedicated Apple engineers. This is to ensure they do not contain malicious codes or scripts which could harm you/ your device/ your privacy in any way. Unfortunately, third-party app providers don't have this kind of system in place.

Thus, downloading an app from anywhere else means you’re gambling on the safety of your device and the privacy of your data in the same breath.


Tip #3 Install a VPN

Most internet users already know what they gain from having antimalware on their units. However, not everyone has caught on to what a VPN for iPhones can do for them.

Besides changing your Netflix location and accessing geo-blocked services, this software also helps keep you secure on the internet. If you have other devices in the Apple ecosystem too, consider using a VPN for your Mac or installing a router VPN to serve them all.


Tip #4 Enable Strong Passwords

Most iPhone units today either have a Touch ID or Face ID mode of authentication/ unlocking. That is convenient but has also made many users lazy as to their password security.

Always remember that a physical breach of your phone does not respect what face or finger is placed on the phone. The hacker only needs to guess your passwords right.

If you have set up biometrics’ authentication for any apps – such as your online banking programs or other accounts – now is the time to go revisit the password on those apps also. Make sure they are as safe as possible.

Bonus Tip: enable 2FA anywhere and everywhere that you can.


Tip #5 Check app permissions

Apple allows you to set app permissions on your units but you might not have checked that out before.

Go into your settings dashboard to see what all of your apps are up to. See what information they have access to (such as Contacts, Gallery, etc) and determine if they need such access at all. Where they don’t, revoke that particular access.

This allows you to keep a tight lock on things while ensuring an app doesn’t get more than it deserves.


Apply the above tips today and see a boost in your iPhone security. You are welcome to thank us later.

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