When Apple released its iOS 7, the operating system lacked in security feature. There were two major security flaws: Find My iPhone could be severed by any culprit through Siri and apps could be accessed without entering PIN. Though Apple rectified the issues later on, it became clear to all users that nothing in this world is unbreakable.
This has given birth to the rise of security applications for iPhone and iPad. At the same time, users took a lesson: prevention is better than cure. One has to prevent malware or virus at the entry point itself as it could be difficult to cure it later.
A couple of months back, Apple's App Store got infected with XcodeGhost malware in China. This has further reinforced the belief that anything in this world is breakable; this includes Apple’s software and products as well.
To strengthen the security layer around your iPhone or iPad, we have listed a few tricks to make your life comfortable and secured.
Strengthen Your iPhone/iPad's Security and Privacy in 2016
Create Alphanumeric Passcode
Apple's first step towards security enhancements is six digit passcode. In all its earlier iOS versions, users could set or create four-digit passcode. But with the launch of iOS 9, Apple introduced six-digit passcode so that users could strengthen the security of data stored in their iOS devices. A step further, Apple also offers a facility to create alphanumeric passcode for users. This combination of alphabets and number has further boosted the security and privacy of users' content.
Disable Notification, Control Center & Siri on Lock Screen
If you think that creating six-digit or alphanumeric passcode would secure your iPhone, think again. Your locked iPhone is still accessible to any pro iPhone user, who can easily sneak into your device from Control Center or Notification Center. On the locked screen of your iPhone, anybody can swipe up Control Center and gain access to Flash, Camera, Air Plane Mode, Bluetooth etc. And Notification Center gives easy access to messages and updates. Moreover, if you have left Siri enabled on lock screen, culprits can ask questions and give commands to Siri to get some information. To avoid this situation, you should disable Notification & Control Center and Siri from the lock screen of your iPhone.
2-Step Verification provides an extra layer of security to your device and data. Even if your password is stolen by somebody, 2-step verification can save you as you have got the device in your hands. With 2-step verification, any user (or culprit) has to enter a passcode and a verification code received on the device. Since your device is in your hands, you can always prevent any security breach to your data. You can set 2-step verification for Apple ID, Google, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Authy.
Clear Your History
History always teaches us something, but not in the case of cache or other history you have browsed on Safari (or any other browser) on your iPhone/iPad. Your browsing data are stored in cookies, and if you are using an unsafe internet channel at a cyber café, coffee shop, mall, hotel or at any other public place, you are supposed to use virtual private network (VPN). If you are using Safari, go to Settings → Safari and manage PRIVACY & SECURITY on your iPhone. For Google, manage the settings from activity controls.
Manage Location Services
Learn to say “No” to any app that asks for location access on your iPhone/iPad. This feature doesn't only enjoy your private information but also drains the battery and processor on your iOS devices. In this situation, go to Settings → Privacy → Location Services and manage all settings.
Manage Your Passwords
If you are fed up with storing all those passwords at different locations, you should better download a strong password manager app. Such apps securely save all your important passwords at one place and let you use the same with a single master password or with your Touch ID. If you don't want to download any third-party app, you can use a built-in iCloud Keychain app on your iPhone/iPad.
We hope that the tricks and tips given here would help you secure your valuable data, apps and devices. Do you have anything to add to this list? Please share with us on Google Plus, Facebook, and Twitter.