5 iPhone Security & Privacy Settings You Should Check Right Now

Turn your iPhone into a digital fortress. Today our phone not only contains our private photos and conversations, but it stores countless metrics about our lives, our financial data, health data, and everything we know.

Smartphones keep track of our routes the places we go as well as the web searches we do. The apps and services we use to broadcast our data to third parties to narrow down big data and improve targeted marketing.

That’s why it is important to fully understand security and privacy protections the smartphone you use offers and make sure such features are enabled.

These are the security and privacy features you need to know about,

#1 Strong Passcode

If you’re that person who’s relying on 0000 or 1234 to protect your digital fortress. Don’t be that person you can do better.

To generate a secure passcode Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode you’ll be prompted to enter your older passcode, and then tap on Passcode Options to set a new option. Choose Custom Alphanumeric Code (Which is the most secure) or Custom Numeric Code.

#2 Information Leakage

You worry about the notifications appear on your lock screen and you want to control the information you want to be accessible on the lock screen.

iOS 13.x

  • Today View
  • Notification Center
  • Control Center
  • Siri
  • Reply with Message
  • Home Control
  • Wallet
  • Return Missed Call
  • USB Accessories

You can totally customize according to your needs better to disable everything. This will keep your device and data secure and the USB Accessories feature is especially useful for preventing Lightning port being used to connect to any accessory if your iPhone or iPad has been locked longer then an hour.

Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode on older iPhones), and enter your existing passcode to take control of this.

#3 Reusing Passwords

If you use iCloud keychain to store web credentials, you can use this to check for password reuse.

Go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > Website & App Passwords and authenticate with either Face ID/Touch ID or your passcode.

#4 Reduce Lockscreen Timeout

Shortening lock screen timeout settings will lock your iPhone or iPad display faster and require authentication to access it.

To make that change Go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-lock

#5 Hiding Notifications

Preventing random snoopers from seeing your personal data by hiding your notification previews.

Go to Settings > Notifications, and tap on Show Previews and you tap on When Unlocked.

Bonus

By rebooting your iPhone or iPad it will not only improve performance but also a simple way to protect yourself from remote exploits.

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