Apple iPhone is pretty reliable when it comes to security. The Cupertino company has been improving the security on its iPhone models since the launch day to make sure your files are safe. Two-factor authentication is one of the biggest additions to iOS, adding an extra layer of security for your Apple ID. The feature serves as an amazing tool to enhance security for people who use multiple Apple devices.
At this year’s WWDC event, Apple officially introduced iOS 12 following months of endless reports and speculation. Apple’s new version of iOS adds several new security features that make your iPhone more secure. Specifically, iOS 12 offers a new tool that allows users to create strong and unique passwords. Besides, you will be able to share and receive passwords from nearby iOS devices.
In the section below, we are going to show you 5 ways to make your iPhone more secure. Before we begin, make sure you now have the latest version of iOS installed on your device. You can update your device by heading over to Settings > General > Software Update and then check for available updates.
Use a passcode
Like any other phone models out there, Apple iPhone allows you to use the passcode to secure your device. A password-protected iPhone protects your personal data and files from the prying eyes. A simple swipe will unlock your phone and access your personal information. You will end up losing your data and even the use of your phone. Is this something you want to do to your shiny iPhone? No, I don’t think so.
To set up a passcode on your iPhone, open the Settings app from your home screen, then select Touch ID & Passcode, and then tap Turn Passcode On (Make sure you enable iPhone Unlock before moving ahead). Now just simply enter a six-digit passcode and then confirm your action.
Turn off lock screen options
Once you have successfully set up a passcode on your iPhone, then it’s time to disable lock screen options. In reality, you can see a lot of things right on your screen, without having to unlock your phone, ranging from notifications to messages. While this comes in handy for those who don’t want to unlock the phone right away, this raises an issue of security.
Anyone can see your personal information on the lock screen or tweak your settings from the lock screen. In reality, if your iPhone is ever stolen or lost, someone can turn on Airplane mode from the lock screen. With Airplane mode on, you cannot track your lost phone via Find My iPhone. Therefore, it’s a good idea to turn off your lock screen options.
To do this, open the Settings app from your home screen, then select Touch ID & Passcode (Face ID & Passcode) and then turn off the switches for Control and Siri.
Lock your phone immediately
If you misplace your iPhone somewhere, then make sure that your iPhone is locked immediately. In reality, someone could quickly access your iPhone seconds after you leave it. Thankfully, Apple allows you to set up your iPhone to require passcode immediately, so no one can get to it when you leave it somewhere.
To do this, open the Settings app from your home screen, then hit Touch ID & Passcode (if you now own an iPhone X, then tap Face ID & Passcode), and set Require Passcode to Immediately. Once you do that, your iPhone will require anyone to enter your passcode right after you leave it. This is a great feature for those who want to add some security to their iPhone or frequently use their devices in public places.
Make sure you enable Find My iPhone
Find My iPhone is a great feature that allows you to track your iPhone if it is lost or stolen. Basically, the feature will show the location of your missing iPhone on a map, so you can get to it. Apple has been improving Find My iPhone feature since the launch day.
With a modern version of iOS, Apple added a Lost Mode that lets you lock, track, and remotely wipe your iPhone, so no one can access your personal data. To enable Find My iPhone on your iPhone, you simply need to open the Setting app from your home screen, then tap on Apple ID at the top, and hit iCloud. After that, tap Find My iPhone and turn on the switch.
Turn on two-step authentication
Two-step authentication has been around there since the days of iOS 10. As the name implies, the feature requires you to enter an access code for your Apple ID after you enter your username and password. You can choose to receive codes on any Apple device like iPhone, iPad, or Mac.
To turn on two-step authentication, open the Settings app from your home screen, then tap your Apple ID at the top and tap Password & Security. After that, turn on two-factor authentication and hit Continue > Continue. Now just simply enter your passcode and hit Done.
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