Apple has been making a visible effort to up its privacy games. While these improvements are exciting and add to every iPhone user’s peace of mind, there’s actually a lot more you can do to keep your data safe. Here are some of the best ways to keep your iPhone secure.
Let’s go through top10 ways that can keep your iPhone secure:
1. Change your Facebook privacy settings:
Facebook is notorious for tracking its users. Still, many of us like to use social media platforms to stay in touch with friends and loved ones. So even though we might feel conflicted, many of us use it regularly. Fortunately, Facebook offers a Privacy checkup that lets you see things like who can see what you share, your data settings, ad preference, and more. By this checkup, you can adjust any settings to what feels right to you.
2. Hide notification preview:
When notification previews pop up on your iPhone, frequently people around you will be able to see them as well. If you’re having a sensitive conversation, you might not want people around you to see your texts or other notifications. Turning off notification previews can save you this worry, and give you an added level of privacy.
3. Opt out of Ad tracking:
Your apps are always tracking you, trying to figure out what you like, and don’t like so that they can deliver you the most targeted ads possible. Fortunately, Apple now allows you to opt-out of ad tracking on apps, so they cannot track you across your other iPhone apps. While Apple has made this a standard for everyone, some app developers have yet to roll out this option.
4. Turn Off personalized Ads:
Whether or not you have personalized ads enabled on your iPhone, Apple will show you the same amount of ads. So some people actually prefer to have personalized ads enabled so what they see is of more interest to them. However, others do not like it. In that case, you can turn off personalized ads, giving you a bit more anonymity in the cyber world.
5. Set up Two-Factor authentication:
Two-factor authentication makes it so when there is a sign-in attempt using your Apple ID on a new device, a notification will e sent to one of your other devices. You’ll have to verify that sign-in attempt, otherwise, the new device won’t be able to sign in using your ID. This means that if you get a new iPhone you’ll be able to sign in easily. Newer iPhones come with this automatically enabled, but if you have an older iPhone or iOS, it’s good to manually set up two-factor authentication.
6. Deactivate or delete Facebook:
For many, Facebook is too big a privacy concern. Deleting Facebook entirely can certainly address this, but just deleting the app from your iPhone won’t do the trick. You’re going to want to delete your Facebook account entirely or deactivate it if you wanna come back later. Deleting it will erase your account completely, while deactivating it will take it down until you reactivate again.
7. Turn off Location services:
Location services on your iPhone can have all sorts of handy features, like helping you navigate and letting you map where photos were taken. But, if privacy is your goal, it’s not a great thing to have on. Luckily, you can turn off location services pretty easily, and turn it back on if you change your mind later. You can also go through app by app and choose which ones you’ll allow access to your location.
8. Use iCloud to create & store strong passwords:
iCloud Keychain is Apple’s native password manager, offering an easy way to maximize your personal security. Many of us use the same two, three passwords for pretty much everything because it’s easier to remember. iCloud Keychain not only stores passwords but actually suggests strong, unique passwords. All you have to do is to remember your Apple ID passcode and enable Face or Touch ID and you’ll be able to access all your passwords at any time.
9. Erase text messages automatically:
Text messages not only take up storage space but also provide privacy risks if they stick around for too long or end up in the wrong hands. You can set your iPhone to automatically delete text messages after 30 days or one year.
10. Automatic app update:
The last way to keep your iPhone secure is to update apps automatically. By setting up apps to update automatically, you can rest easy knowing that you always have the latest privacy features the app has to offer. If you don’t update, you might find yourself at risk of security breaches. Plus, if the app isn’t worth updating, it might be worth deleting.
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