The iPhone claims to be the safest and most secure phone, but it’s no secret that iPhones get hacked and tapped all the time and even the smallest things can take advantage of your privacy. With all these new improvements, it’s important to remember that these new features can help or hinder your security and privacy.
Keep in mind that doing everything we mention here will deprive your iPhone of some useful features, but at the same time, it will better protect your personal data. You don’t have to follow all the advice, so feel free to choose what you’re willing to sacrifice for security, it’s entirely up to you.
Turn on 2-Step Verification for Apple ID and iCloud.
you set up two-step verification whenever it’s available for Apple ID and iCloud. When you set up 2-Step Verification, you enroll one or more trusted and secure devices (devices that you manage) that can receive 4-digit verification codes via SMS or Find My iPhone.
This will let you sign in to manage your Apple ID, sign in to iCloud, or make an iTunes, iBooks, or App Store purchase from a new device. You will need to verify your identity by entering a password and a 4-digit verification code. This will prevent others from using your Apple account.
Where can these requirements be set? Go to https://appleid.apple.com –> “Apple ID Management” –> “Password and safety” –> “Two-Step Verification”.
Disable Siri on the lock screen
Giving everyone access to your AI assistant is a bad idea, so you should disable Siri on the lock screen. You don’t need to turn it off completely, but you’ll be much safer if you prevent it from being activated from the lock screen or the “Hey Siri” voice command. Don’t forget: Siri can communicate with anyone, not just the owner of the device it’s running on. This may reduce the ability to retrieve data from your smartphone using Siri.
Go to “Settings” –> “Password” (or “Touch ID and password”) -> “Allow Access When Locked” section –> “Siri: Off”
“Settings” –> “General” –> “Siri” –> “Allow “Hey Siri”: Off”.
Use additional encryption when backing up
Whenever you update your iPhone, you create a potential eavesdropping threat on your data. Not only do you want to keep a copy of your data, but you also want to help protect that data. When backing up Apple devices, it’s best to connect to a computer and use iTunes. Make sure iTunes is set to encrypt these backups. In this case, your data is encrypted, and you can create a separate password.
Open iTunes when you connect your device to your computer. Select your device from the iTunes drop-down menu. In the “Backups” section, check the box “Encrypt iPhone backup.” You will then be prompted to create a password.
Enable iPhone discovery after shutdown
By enabling iPhone detection after power outage, you will be able to track your iPhone even if it is turned off. Go to the power menu (by pressing the volume button and the side button) and select “Turn on the ability to find iPhone after power off”. This feature also comes in handy if you ever lose your iPhone where you can track it even if someone turns it off.
Change notification style
If you don’t want someone to see your lock screen notifications when you leave home, this feature can really help you. You can change the notification style from stack to count to hide the contents of the notification on the lock screen. Also, change the “Show Preview” setting to “When Unlocked” to only see notification details when the iPhone is unlocked.
Disable allowing an app to request tracking
If you’re annoyed by the notification you get every time you download an app that says the app can track, you can directly disable the “Allow an app to ask for tracking” feature. To do this, go to settings > privacy and security > tracking > and Disable Allow apps to request tracking.