Since the launch of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well as the release of Apple’s iOS 10, there are heaps of cool, new features to play around with for an iPhone user. However, as your data should be one of the most valuable things you own, here are a couple of tips BolehVPN recommends you to use to protect your privacy and security on your iPhone:
Stop advertisers from tracking you
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Apple supplies user information collected from your iPhone usage to Apple’s advertising partners in order to serve you relevant ads “based on your interests”.
Tip 1: If you are uncomfortable with your usage data being shared, turn this off by heading to Settings > Privacy > Advertising > Limit Ad Tracking. You will still receive ads however less of your data will be shared to marketers and ads won’t be quite as relevant to you.
Tip 2: To find out the information used by Apple to deliver relevant ads to you, you can tap on Settings > Privacy > Advertising > View Ad Information.
Location, location, location
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You should be in control of your location sharing information which you are unknowingly dishing out to third-party apps. Here at BolehVPN, we can’t emphasize enough on the importance of securing your location settings which may be leaking data for hackers out there.
Tip 1: The first step would be to head to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. You can choose to completely disable it if you want nothing to do with your phone collecting your location data.
Tip 2: From here, to control only specific apps from accessing your location while enabling locations for others, you can simply select any app from the list, then choose “Never” for the apps you want to limit from accessing your location.
Tip 3: Find it creepy when your phone keeps track of all the locations of your frequent hangouts? Disable this feature by going to Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services > Frequent Locations, and turn the toggle off. While you’re there, be sure to click Clear History to delete existing records of your previously saved locations.
Limit your lockscreen leaking data
One of the changes in the iOS 10 involves the information it tends to give out even when your screen is locked. Features like your Siri, Apple Pay Wallet and iMessage still work when your phone is locked without needing a passcode. Any person could read your personal information from notifications and widgets that are set up on the screen or reply your messages without ever needing to unlock the phone.
Tip 1: Limit access to them by going to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, and under “Allow Access When Locked” disable each of these features.
Lock your door with a password
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Your iPhone is encrypted by default. However, it is only encrypted if you protect it with a PIN, password, or fingerprint.
Tip 1: Head to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, and set up your passwords and fingerprints. A 4-digit lock code can be surprisingly easy to crack so do opt for a custom alphanumeric code or a custom numeric code.
Tip 2: Make it a practice to set your iPhone to auto-lock itself but never set it to “Never”. If you are on the iOS 10, go to Settings > Display & Brightness > set the Auto-Lock time. If you are on the iOS 9 or earlier, go to Settings > General > set the Auto-Lock time. You can set it for as low as 30 seconds to 5 minutes.
Stay safe on Safari
You would not want someone browsing through your Safari to have access to your bank or social accounts, right?
Tip 1: Switch off the Autofill option in Safari in Settings > Safari > Autofill, to prevent your phone from automatically filling out web forms using your contact info, names, passwords or credit card info.
Tip 2: Browse the web in incognito mode. When you are in Safari, tap on the page icon on the bottom right of the screen), then tap Private. Surfing in “Private Browsing Mode” prevents Safari from recording your search or browsing history and your Autofill information.
Have your James Bond moment
If your phone was to fall into the wrong hands, any person would easily gain access to your phone’s data and all the information stored on your phone.
Tip 1: Have your phone set to self-destroy your messages after a number of days. Go to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages and select from a minimum period of 30 days, 1 year or forever. You can also set your Audio and Video Messages to expire after 2 minutes.
Tip 2: For those folks who fear your phone ever being stolen, you can set your data to self-destruct after 10 incorrect passcode attempts. Visit Settings > Touch ID & Password > Erase Data.