As technology gets faster and more powerful, so do threats posed to our personal information. Knowing how to protect your personal data on electronic devices is imperative. Whether it is credit card numbers, email accounts, addresses or bank routing info, we make our personal data vulnerable every time and place we use our iPhone device. Protect your personal data with just a few easy changes we’ve listed below:
- Keep up with updates
Updates are an easy way to protect personal data on your iPhone device. Updates are created to correct any weaknesses or flaws Apple Inc.® found in the iOS® software, meaning that when you update your iPhone, you prevent hackers from accessing your private information as a result of any flaws or weaknesses.
- Activate “Find My iPhone®” app
This app is a default app since the iOS software was installed, and could save your private information should your iPhone ever get stolen. If you lose your phone or it gets stolen, log onto the Find My iPhone app from another iOS device or via the web. From there, you can actually wipe your lost iPhone’s personal data, ensuring that your information is safe, no matter whose hands it ends up in.
- Create a longer passcode
iPhone devices come with a standard 4-digit passcode. However, you can make your passcode safer by making it either longer or creating a passphrase instead. You can do this by going to Settings > General > Touch ID and Passcode > Change Passcode, tap “Passcode Options” and select “Custom Alphanumeric Code”. By creating a passphrase instead of just numbers, you can include letters, case-sensitivity and even symbols, thus providing more protection. Better safe than sorry!
- Don’t open unknown links
Whether it’s a weird email or an unknown link texted to you, opening unknown links can turn south very quickly. Be sure to only open emails, texts and pages from known sources and people. Though Apple® devices are known for resisting viruses, they are not 100% immune to them or the hackers creating them. Opening an unknown link may seem very innocent at the time, but it could mean sharing private information with unsafe people.
- Be wary of the apps you download
Downloading apps means agreeing to their requests. For any app, this could mean accessing your photos, documents, or other private locations. Though this is monitored by Apple Inc., you can never be too safe. Never agree to terms that make you uneasy.
- Turn off auto-fill
Auto-fill is a feature offered on Apple devices that will save your private information on logins and websites for convenience. Though convenient, this could pose a huge problem should an unwanted person access your device. Protect passcodes, addresses and credit card numbers by disabling this feature. To do that, go to: Settings > Safari > AutoFill and make any appropriate changes.
Experimac fully understands that we have all become dependent on our iPhone devices but with frequent use of such devices should also come a real understanding of how these devices work. We would hate to see you have your personal information compromised when it would take just a few minutes to keep it from happening. Should you have any issues with your iPhone device, remember that we are here to help. Stop by your local Experimac today!