One little switch can make your iPhone or iPad even more secure when times are tough. And tweaking this can help you protect your iPhone data better even in the face of a brute-force attack by someone who just got hold of your device.
The entire iOS ecosystem is locked down by a passcode that's usually four digits. Have you wanted to change it so that you can add letters and characters like how it is in your email account password? Here's how to do that:
Note: this is an extremely beginner tip. Feel free to skip to other articles if you are familiar with this already.
How to secure your iPhone or iPad with stronger passcode lock in iOS 7:
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad
- Tap on General
- Tap on Passcode Lock
- Enter the passcode if you are prompted for it.
- Tap on Turn Passcode Off. You will be prompted for the passcode. Enter it.
- Now, turn OFF Simple Passcode. A simple passcode is the four-digit password. When you turn this off, you can have a password with any combination of letters, alphabets and symbols. You get the normal keyboard instead of the numeric keypad.
- Now, tap on Turn Passcode On.
This is just one simple tweak but it goes a long way in securing your iPhone. There's a lot riding on passcodes actually.
When it's a four-digit passcode, the possibilities of breaking in are high. Not to forget that most people use common passcodes that are now available all over the web. Anyone curious enough to try his little hacking skills will try them. Accidental break-ins are possible with four digit passcodes.
A complex passcode, on the other hand, is a much better way of keeping things secure with your iPhone or iPad. Especially, iPad. The whole idea of a complex passcode is that you use an alphanumeric passcode with some symbols in it.