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Greatest Tips that every user should follow to secure iPhone
« on: January 12, 2017, 11:07:29 AM »

With more than hundred million iPhone users, the claim to protect them have never been greater. The latest version of iOS has developed a great deal from its earlier versions. This iOS version comes with multiple security features that you can influence if you’re involved in protecting your iPhone and the data it processes and stores. Take a minute to recall about the applications that you have on your iPhone and the nature of data it processes. You will quickly come to the realization that it stores private and reserved data such as account numbers, corporate emails, passwords to websites, images and videos, stocks you track, browser search history, recent places you visited, and much more. It’s vital that this information be secured at all times.

Tip 1: Allow Passcode/Password Lock on Your iPhone

The simplest protection you can take is to allow passcode lock and set it to repeatedly involve after a brief period of idleness. By default, a passcode is not necessary to unlock the iPhone. Most users would put off this security feature for ease of use and suitability. But, the truth is that once you have it allowed, it turns into second nature and you would not notice any change. It is suggested that you set a strong passcode. In the event of a theft, this will upsurge the effort necessary to compromise your iPhone. Also, for some other security software to work such as Find My iPhone, a passcode is required. To get any further assistance regarding Apple iPhone contact iPhone tech support.

Tip 2: Restrict Applications That Could Be Opened

Disable the Voice Dial Feature

The Voice Dial feature of an iPhone can be opened without typing Passcode first. To access this feature, tab the Home button on a locked iPhone. It will begin with the Voice Dial and prompt you to enter a command. This can be used to call anyone from the play songs, contact list, and use other tasks. IPhone has now provided a choice for the users to restrict it.

Disable SMS

Messages can be showed on a locked iPhone by default. Although this is a suitable feature, there are security difficulties when it is used. Many applications send complex secondary authentication data such as authentication codes via text message. This data, if compromised, could further compromise your banking and other application details via the use of the Reset Password functionality. It is suggested that this feature be disabled at all times.

Tip 3: Erase All the Data

Before Repair, Return, or Resale

Imagine you purchased a new iPhone and want to sell your old one. You can use the Restore option present in iTunes to reset the iPhone to its factory state. But, that does not use a safe delete function, letting it to persist data that could be later recovered with the use of proper tools. A detective from Police was able to recover a user’s personal records like emails, photos, and more from a refurbished iPhone that he had bought. All personal records that was present on the phone before being refurbished was still left in the unallocated parts of iPhone’s NAND memory.

Tip 4: Frequently update the iPhone’s OS

iOS software is the operating system rooted in the iPhone. The iPhone comes with the version of software that was current at the time of manufacturing. Apple offers regular software updates that are not limited to security fixes and bug fixes, but also comprise additional security features. It is suggested that you always have the latest version running on your iPhone. By doing so, you will not be susceptible to the security issues found in the previous versions.

Tip 5: To Jailbreak or Not to Jailbreak?

What Is Jailbreaking?

Jailbreaking is hacking of iOS via the use of custom kernels to avoid restrictions compulsory by Apple. It lets users to run any application not legal by Apple, via installers such as Cydia. Jailbreaking was made permissible in the US under DMCA of 2010. Thus, there are no legal limits preventing users from jailbreaking their iPhones. But, there are some serious security complications.

Cons

Jailbreaking makes you more vulnerable to worms and other mischievous applications.
Applications on a jailbroken iPhone run as root outside of the iOS sandbox.

Pros

The jailbreaking community has given faster fixes than the iPhone development team in several cases. For example, when the zero-day susceptibility in the mobile Safari browser was identified, the jailbreaking community immediately released PDF patch 2 to remediate it. This saved the users who had jailbroken their iPhones, while others who didn’t were left waiting for Apple to release an issue. Thus, having a jailbroken iPhone may, in fact, work to your advantage by decreasing the chance of contact to zero-day susceptibilities.

Tip 6: Using Wi-Fi, Email and Bluetooth Securely

Disable Bluetooth

Bluetooth use multiple application capabilities to share files and information and for gaming. Attackers could send unwelcome messages or steal delicate data from Bluetooth-enabled iPhones, using threats such as BlueSnarfing and BlueJacking. The iPhone does not offer the capability to turn off discovery, so the only preemptive measure you can take to disable Bluetooth when it is not being used.

Disable Wi-Fi

When not in use just as with Bluetooth, it is suggested that you disable Wi-Fi when it is not being used. If Wi-Fi is turned off, then the iPhone connects to the Internet via the cellular data network. In addition to preserving battery, it also removes Wi-Fi-related attack vectors. Presently, the cellular data network is harder to sniff compared to a Wi-Fi network. By default, the iPhone also retains settings of the related networks that it connects to. This lets it to automatically reconnect when in the range next time. Automatic association isn’t suggested, as it is easy to spoof networks. Also, for Wi-Fi networks that need HTTP(s) forms authentication, this feature will cause the iPhone to persist authorizations on disk. If the iPhone is lost, the privacy of these persisted credentials and the details protected by them may be at risk.

Email Security

Make sure that secure sockets layer (SSL) is permitted when opening emails such as Outlook or Gmail with the iPhone.

•   Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
•   Select one of the active mail accounts.
•   Tap on Advanced.
•   Toggle Use SSL option to ON.

If this setting is not used, then messages are not spread securely and could be negotiated. If you’re unable to link to your web mail using the iPhone and SSL, consider using an alternative mail account. Hotmail, Gmail, and other popular email services work over SSL.

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