The iPhone is arguably the most sophisticated phone in the world. It is stylish, innovative and avant-garde. The more iPhone’s are widely used, the more hackers manipulate ways to attack this hack-proof device so it’s important to take certain steps to protect your iPhone from hackers. Jovago.com, Africa’s No 1 hotel booking portal shares some tips on how to shield your iPhone from prying hackers who are searching all over the net to ‘steal’ private information.
- Use a PIN or fingerprint security
The features of an iPhone are limitless. From online banking to emails, browsing, shopping, and chatting, it performs all these functions. It is, therefore, quite risky to leave it unprotected because locking your phone will guard your sensitive data and apps against unauthorized access. You can use a PIN or fingerprint for the security of your iPhone.
- Activate Self destruct
You can now use your iPhone to erase your data if you think someone is attempting to break into your phone. You simply enable the ‘erase data’ function. Your data will be immediately wiped if the person attempting to illegitimately access your phone make more than 10 wrong guesses either with their fingerprint or PIN
- Turn off notifications
Notification does not only expose you to hackers but also to prowling eyes who cannot mind their business but prefer to focus their eyes on your phone. To prevent your sensitive notifications from being seen by just anyone, it is advisable to turn it off. It is better to be safe than sorry.
- Disable Siri
The Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface (Siri) allows you to speak to your iPhone. The interface can answer questions, make recommendations and perform actions by delegating requests to a set of web services according to Wikipedia. If your Siri is off, an attacker that finds will be unable to communicate or interact with your phone. If it is on, it is highly possible for it to reveal private information. As a rule of thumb, turn off Siri.
- Type yourself
You will be excited if your form is auto-filled. It saves time. In this case, you do not need to type anything yourself except correcting mistakes. However, it is not always advisable to use auto-fill because if your iPhone is stolen or hacked, it will not be difficult for them to get your details.
This is because your emails, card details, and forms will be auto-filled which means that your private information is in the hands of unknown persons. This information can even be used against you. Hence, try as much as possible to type your details yourself.
Written by: Ogunfowoke Adeniyi