There are a lot of sensitive data on our iPhones that we should be worried about. VIP News gives you tips to prevent hackers and other cybercriminals from invading your privacy.
- Setting a screen lock can prove to be a fatal error.
- Lock out cybercriminals with a new Apple ID password.
- Jailbreak users risk the security of their iPhone.
Do banking, make purchases, send e-mails or view photos – with smartphones like the iPhone, much easier and faster than ever before. But the fact that all this is possible with a single terminal is a security risk.
Because when cybercriminals manage to gain access to their device, the more sensitive data gets into the wrong hands, the greater the trouble. To best protect your iPhone against the prying eyes of cybercriminals, you should follow these tips:
1. Always use the latest iOS
With its software updates, Apple is not only bringing new features to users’ iPhones and iPads. Again and again, in the past also sensitive security vulnerabilities were known that the company has stuffed with the help of adjustments to its mobile operating system. If you’re always up-to-date with iOS, hackers can not take advantage of these vulnerabilities and their personal information remains private.
2. Set a reasonable screen lock
With the large amount of sensitive data on our iPhones, this should be a matter of course. However, there are still users who use their iPhone completely unprotected for the sake of convenience. If it goes stupid, you open the door to cybercriminals. Once your device gets into the wrong hands, all your data can be accessed. To prevent this, you should give at least a 4-digit PIN for unlocking.
Even safer, however, is to set here to a more complex password. Because four-digit PINs entice us to easily memorable, but uncertain number combinations such as birthdays or dates. To assign a password, it is sufficient under iOS 9 in the settings of your iPhone to go and “Touch ID & Code” to change your code. You will then be prompted to choose a complex password that meets certain security criteria.
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3. Update your Apple ID password regularly
Apple has been more concerned about security lately (especially after the iCloud leaks) and is now alerting you to pretty much any unusual activity affecting your iCloud account. The problem is, that apparently only previously unknown activities are affected. If cybercriminals gained access to their account even before Apple tightened security, they might still have access to your data unnoticed.
Remember, if you have iCloud Sync enabled in your iPhone’s settings, personal information such as photos, notes, emails, and more will be stored in the cloud. Also, given the possibility that there may be new vulnerabilities in Apple’s systems in the future, we urge you to update your Apple ID password at relatively regular intervals.
Here are tips how to create a good password.
4. Avoid jailbreaking and cracked apps
A jailbreak may seem like a lot of advantages at first glance. For example, you can get and install apps for which you have to pay in the App Store for free from other sources. But the jailbreak leverages mechanisms that ensure the security of your iPhone.
To stay with the app example: While apps coming into the App Store are previously controlled and approved by Apple, apps you get from unknown sources will not know if they contain viruses or other malicious software. In order not to expose your iPhone and your privacy to unnecessary risks, you should therefore give up a jailbreak.
5. Connect your iPhone only to trusted PCs
At the end of 2014, the malware “WireLurker” got talked about. To infect his iPhone with it, it was sufficient to make a USB connection to a PC on which the Trojan had previously spread. The Trojan software has been downloaded more than 400,000 times. Thus, the outbreak of “WireLurker” a hitherto rarely achieved extent in terms of distribution of malware on iOS devices.
While the tool raged on iOS devices with jailbreak largely unhindered, the damage on all other devices was limited. To make sure that your iPhone does not even get infected with malware like “WireLurker”, you should never connect it to a computer that could harbor viruses, Trojans or other malware.
To make sure your iPhone and your data are truly safe from cybercriminals, you should be prepared to invest a little time in optimizing security at times. And even though it sometimes hurts to give up some comfort or pay for certain digital offers, protecting your privacy should be worth it.