The iPhone claims to be the safest and most secure phone out there, but it’s no secret that iPhones are hacked and bugged all the time, and even the smallest things can use up your privacy. With all of these new improvements, it’s important to keep in mind that these new features can help or hinder your security and privacy.
Keep in mind that doing everything we mention here will disable your iPhone from some of its useful features, but at the same time, it’s better to 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.
Enable two-step verification for Apple ID and iCloud
You customize two-step verification whenever available for Apple ID and iCloud. When you set up two-step verification, you enroll one or more trusted and secure devices (devices you control) that can receive 4-digit verification codes via SMS or Find My iPhone.
This will allow you to sign in to manage your Apple ID, sign in to iCloud, or make an iTunes, iBooks, or App Store purchase from your new device. You will need to confirm your identity by entering a password and a 4-digit verification code. This will prevent unauthorized people from using your Apple account.
Where can you set these requirements? Go to https://appleid.apple.com –> “Manage your Apple ID” –> “Password and Security” –> “Two-Step Verification.”
Disable Siri on the lock screen
Allowing everyone to access your AI assistant is not a good idea, so you should turn off Siri on the lock screen. It’s not necessary to turn it off completely, but you’ll be safer if you prevent it from being activated from the lock screen or with the voice command “Hey Siri.” 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 blocked” section –> “Siri: Off”
“Settings” –> “General” –> Siri –> “Allow Hey Siri: Off”.
Use additional encryption when backing up
Every time you update your iPhone, you’re putting yourself at risk of having your data eavesdropped. 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. This encrypts your data 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. Under Backups, check the box for “Encrypt iPhone backup”. You will then be prompted to create a password.
Enable Find iPhone after power off
By turning on Find iPhone after power off, you will be able to track your iPhone even when it is turned off. Go to the power menu (by pressing the volume button and the side button) and choose to turn on the ability to find iPhone after shutdown. This feature will also come 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 anyone to see your notifications on your lock screen every time you go out, this feature can really help you. You can change the notification style from stack to count to hide the notification content on the lock screen. Also, change the show previews option to when unlocked to see the message details only when the iPhone is unlocked.
Disable the app’s permission to request tracking
If you’re annoyed by the notification you get every time you download an app that says “allow the app to track,” you can directly disable allowing the app to request the tracking feature. To do this, go to settings > privacy and security > tracking > and disable allowing apps to request tracking.