Securing Your iPhone
iPhones are a modern wonder, allowing their owners to make calls, play music and games, schedule important life events, find directions and a variety of other functions. Losing your iPhone or having it stolen can be a disaster, as many of us have highly personal data on our iPhones that could enable identity thieves to have a field day with our financial and other information.
Identity theft and other malicious actions can be prevented by making use of iPhone security features and products, such as pass code protection, physical security devices and call lock. iPhone users should take their time to acquaint themselves with these products.
To prevent unauthorized people from accessing your iPhone should you happen to put it down for a moment, activate the phone’s passcode lock feature. When this feature is activated, a pass code screen will appear on the screen of your iPhone if it sits unused for a period of time. Users will have to enter the passcode to use the phone. You can adjust the amount of time that must pass before the passcode screen appears – many users set it for five minutes. There’s also a feature that will delete all your data after a certain number of failed attempts.
Another useful app for the iPhone is the call lock. iPhone owners can use this app to display a blank screen during calls that will prevent the owner from accidentally entering other numbers during the call, possibly disrupting the call. iPhones typically have to have been freed from manufacturer-imposed restrictions to use this app. In addition to avoiding disruption, the blank screen will protect your privacy by keeping passersby from seeing who you’re talking to on your iPhone screen.
You can further protect your personal information on your iPhone by revealing your location only to applications and websites you trust by using the Settings/General/Location Services feature on your phone.
When your iPhone connects to a wireless network, it may become open to intrusion by malicious hackers. By restricting what wireless networks your iPhone connects to, you can avoid this situation. By activating the Settings/Wi-Fi/Ask to Join Networks feature, you can ensure that your iPhone doesn’t automatically connect to any and every Wi-Fi network it encounters. Instead, it will ask you first.
If you’re checking your mail or browsing the web, try to do so using a SSL connection. SSL connections offer heightened security that mobile phone users can employ to ensure their private information remains private.
To protect the physical security of your iPhone, there are a few locking products on the market that can secure your phone to a surface. One popular locking mechanism is a cable lock that works much like a bicycle lock. This lock attaches to your iPhone with a plate that you glue to the back of the device and a steel cable that attaches to the plate. Owners wrap the cable around an object they wish to secure their iPhone to and connect the other end of the cable back to the locking mechanism near the plate. Many locksmith businesses such as Professional Locksmith in San Jose sell these devices, and may be able to help you with other security concerns.
Whether you’re using a physical lock, iPhone security features or an app like call lock, iPhone users should still take the time to ensure they keep up with and secure their mobile devices, as no anti-theft or anti-fraud system is foolproof.