Most iPhone users store a considerable amount of personal data on their phone that would be devastating to lose. This can be in the form of pictures, saved PDFs, passwords, banking information, credit card information, and personal text messages. Therefore, it is extremely important to keep your iPhone as secure as possible. Luckily, there are a few simple things that you can do to help ensure the safety of the personal information on your iPhone.

  • Enable the Auto-Lock and Passcode Lock features under the general settings. The Auto-Lock feature will automatically lock your phone after it has been sitting idle for an amount of time that you pre-determine. The Passcode Lock feature will require a 4 digit password anytime someone attempts to access the phone when it is locked. These two simple features provide significant deterrence to the random individual who may try to steal your phone when you leave it sitting about.
  • Siri is incredibly useful and is capable of accessing and providing personal information to whoever is using the iPhone. Unfortunately, a user is allowed to communicate with Siri even if the phone is locked. Thus, Siri can be used as a workaround to the passcode feature, giving access to personal data when the iPhone owner thinks that the phone is locked down. In the Passcode Lock menu, you can opt to turn off Siri while the phone is locked.
  • Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) when using the iPhone to access the internet from public WiFi locations. Public WiFi poses a danger to your iPhone and personal data because hackers can use public WiFi hotspots to monitor what you are doing on your iPhone as well as what information you may be inputting into it as well. A Virtual Private Network encrypts the signals from your iPhone making it impossible for hackers to decipher what you are doing on the internet.
  • Always have an updated antivirus program installed on your iPhone to help prevent virus or other malware from infecting your phone.
  • Enable Find my iPhone under the iCloud settings which will allow you to determine where your iPhone is at any given time in addition to giving you the ability to remotely wipe your phone of all its information. This is extremely useful because the 4 digit passcode can easily be decoded by a determined hacker. With this feature enabled, if you lose your iPhone all you have to do is sign onto any computer and elect to remotely wipe your iPhone of all its information.

“How to Protect Data on Your iPhone” was written by Sam Imandoust, Esq. He serves as a legal analyst for the Identity Theft Resource Center. We welcome you to post/reprint the above article, as written, giving credit to and linking back to the original post.