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How to protect your iPhone from hackers?

Although Apple’s iOS system is quite secure, there are ways to make sure your iPhone is as safe as possible from hackers. If you have sensitive information, including the security of your personal data, website access,  text messages, and videos, photos, email addresses.

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1.Keep iOS up to date

  • Make sure you always enable the latest functionality in iOS, including small ‘dot’ or dot updates.
  • This makes sense, as hackers occasionally find flaws in Apple encryption and can exploit it, giving you access to your personal data. iOS updates are Apple’s way of combating exploitation by fixing holes and improving better stability.
  • For example, in January 2019, Apple released a security update on vulnerabilities that could lead to unauthorized access to the iPhone and iPad.
  • To update to the latest version of iOS, open the Settings app and tap General> Software Update. You will be prompted to confirm that you are already running the latest version or to download and install something new.

 

2.Activate Find My iPhone

  • Find My iPhone

My iPhone is easy to find because if you lose your device, you can access my iPhone from another Apple device (either via the web on a Mac or PC) and find your iPhone – or, more importantly, remotely wipe your personal belongings Put. Data from a lost phone. This means that even if hackers can gain access to your lost/stolen device, they will not be able to find any valuable data.

 

  • Follow these steps to activate Find My iPhone:
  1. Open Settings and tap your name/picture at the top of the screen.
  2. Next tap iCloud.
  3. Scroll down and tap Find My iPhone. Tap on it.
  4. Now find my iPhone and make sure the toggle is green.
  5. IOS 13 has a new feature that lets you locate your iPhone offline. This is possible because the Bluetooth beacons can detect the Bluetooth signal on your iPhone and send it back to you even if it is not connected to a Wi-Fi or mobile network.
  6. If your iPhone can be found this way, enable offline discovery – a good idea so you can find it – and crucially – wipe your iPhone if it falls into the wrong hands.

 

  • To remotely wipe an iPhone located with Find My iPhone, follow these steps:
  1. Visit the Find My app (or the iCloud website).
  2. Tap on Devices.
  3. Select your iPhone.
  4. Tap Delete iPhone and confirm the action.
  5. The next time it has an internet connection (if it does not already exist) it will automatically wipe it.

 

3.Create strong password

You may have heard of a hacking tool called GrayKey which is used to crack iPhone and iPad passwords. The tool is understood to be used by law enforcement agencies and can break a four-digit passcode in a matter of hours. A six-digit code can be broken in a matter of days.

The device that needs to be connected to an iOS device can deactivate the usual delays and locks (one minute after six guesses, five minutes after seven minutes, and so on) that will usually prevent anyone from forcing the pass of a passcode.

While there is no reason for the police or government agencies to refuse to allow unauthorized access to your phone, the real concern here is that if the GrayKey device could hack into your phone this way, it’s highly likely that there will be similar devices and hacks available to criminals.

Fortunately, Apple has blocked the GrayKey technology in iOS 12 again, however, and if such a thing can happen again – and it certainly is – what you need to do to protect your phone:

  1. Choose a long passcode: one longer than six digits. An eight-digit PIN can take months to hack, and a ten-digit PIN can take a decade to crack.
  2. Use a password that contains words rather than numbers. But use random words that don’t usually show up together.
  3. Passwords only use numbers 0-9, and a password that includes numbers, letters, symbols, and event sensitivity makes it harder to break into your iPhone – it may take a while longer to unlock your iPhone when you need to use it.

You may think your phone is secure with Face ID or your fingerprint, but keep in mind that your phone can still be unlocked with your password, so if that’s 0000 you have a reason to be worried.

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4.Auto-wipe iPhone content

Our next suggestion may seem a bit insecure, but it’s a good option if you are worried about people trying to guess your password. The idea is that after 10 wrong guesses, the iPhone will automatically erase all the contents, making the smartphone useless to hackers.

It is a bit of a concern as we know that accidental activation of this feature will erase all their personal information. These are people who usually do not want to be backed up regularly. So if you enable the option Enable Automatic iCloud Backup then if you wipe your data in case of an accident or someone tries to hack you everything will be saved in the cloud.

To enable the Nuclear option, go to Settings> Touch ID and Password (or Face ID and Password), enter your password, scroll down the page and toggle delete data.

 

5.Revoke app permissions

The next step in the war against hackers is to cancel access to applications. When you use iOS apps, you will be asked to allow the app to access your camera, microphone, contacts, etc.

In iOS 13, Apple has made it more difficult for apps to gather information about you without your knowledge, with several additional steps:

  1. More options when sharing your location – you can choose between: allow continuous location access, allow one time and do not allow while you use the app.
  2. You will also see a map showing what data the app has added and a location reminder with an explanation of why the app needs that data.
  3. Apps also need your permission to use Bluetooth in iOS 13. Now you may be wondering why an app that has been updated to iOS 13 asks you to use Bluetooth. If you like, you can not stop this tracking per application.
  4. The same goes for WiFi tracking – apps can track your location by searching for the WiFi networks you have accessed. This tracking in iOS 13 is now disabled by default.

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