4 tips to make your iPhone more secure

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4 tips to make your iPhone more secure

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Your iPhone is more than just a phone. It’s your go-to device for listening to music on the go, using Facebook and making to-do lists. There are your precious photos and enough contacts and calendar info to fill a thick diary. It’s important that it’s secure.

Apple iPhones are big on security. Every app in the App Store is vetted by Apple, and apps you download to your phone need permissions to access your data. Conversations over iMessage and FaceTime are encrypted. While hardware and firmware protects against malware and viruses.

But how can you make your iPhone even more secure?

Set up an iCloud account

With an iCloud account you can connect your Apple devices – from your iPhone and iPad to MacBook – for easy sharing and tracking of documents, music, photos and contacts.

But it’s also helpful for keeping your iPhone secure – especially if you have lost it. We’ll talk about Find My iPhone in point two, but to use that you have to have an iCloud account. It also helps you shop more safely with the iCloud Keychain feature.

Set up iCloud:

  • Visit iCloud.com and follow the set-up instructions (you use your Apple ID to do this)
  • If you don’t already have an Apple ID you can create one from the sign-in page on iCloud.com
  • Then, on your iPhone, go: Settings > iCloud > enter your Apple ID

What’s an Apple ID? The login you use for all your Apple services – from iTunes and the App Store to iCloud

Find my iPhone

Losing a phone is a horrible experience – whether it’s at work or school or even in your own home.

Give yourself a better chance of finding it with Find My iPhone. It helps work out where your phone is – using its GPS to show its location on a map.

There’s a Find My iPhone app or you can use it at iCloud.com.

With Find My iPhone you can:

  • See where your phone is and where it has been in the past 24 hours on a map
  • Send it a message with a contact number to call you on for anyone who finds it
  • Lock your iPhone from your sofa by putting it into Lost Mode and setting a 4-digit passcode

When you turn on Find My iPhone it switches on Activation Lock. This means before anyone can make changes like erasing your phone or switching off Find My iPhone they have to enter your Apple ID and password.

Remote Erase your iPhone

Take no chances. If you’ve lost your phone and have important work documents and emails and private info like passwords or pin numbers written in your notes it may be best to wipe it.

With Remote Erase you can restore your iPhone to factory settings even though you don’t actually have the phone anymore. You need to have set up an iCloud account on your iPhone to use Remote Erase.

How to Remote Erase:

  • Load iCloud.com and go to ‘Find My iPhone’ (or use the Find My iPhone app on your iPad)
  • Select ‘All Devices’ then your lost iPhone
  • Select ‘Erase [device]’ in the Info window
  • Type your Apple ID password, a phone number/message (this will show on the screen if anyone finds it)

Keep passwords safe with iCloud Keychain

With online shopping, social media, and digital accounts for everything from pensions to playlists, modern life is littered with passwords and usernames.

It can be hard to remember them, and the temptation is there to write them down – but this is most definitely not a good idea.

Instead switch on iCloud Keychain on your iPhone to have your passwords and usernames stored safely and securely and entered automatically on approved devices.

It uses encryption to keep your data safe. And you set up an iCloud Security Code to verify your identity when adding new devices etc.

Set up iCloud Keychain:

Go to: Settings > iCloud Keychain > turn it on then follow instructions

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