The smart phones empowered the world to do almost everything right from messaging till financial transactions. But conversely, it has embossed serious security threats to all smart phones; be it an Android or iOS or Windows phone. As a user, your secrecy is momentous and ever so people are trying to get hold of your intimate data.
This blog post pilots specifically about maintaining the ‘iPhone’ privacy. Compared to Android, Apple has better safeguards to maintain theprivacy of the phone and tablets etc and has tools available to help in protecting the same. The privacy and access (to apps) settings differ with the operating system version but the elemental settings remain the same.
Apple takes privacy way too seriously and there are a lot of good settings available in the iPhone which can help in affirming the privacy. Other than this, there are apps available for iPhones to augment the privacy further. Let us shed light on the top privacy settings first.
- Passcode of your iPhone:
The door to your phone is your Passcode. In contrast to the generic passcode, the custom passcode gives more power to have more than usual 4 characters and also use of alphanumeric characters.
Settings->Touch ID and Passcode->Change Passcode->Passcode options
- Erase Dataoption to delete failed passcodes:
You never know when your phone can get in wrong hands, so with the use of this setting, after 10 failed passcode attempts everything can be deleted.
Settings->Touch ID and Passcode -> Erase Data
- Sensitive apps and their notifications:
Avoid showing notifications of the sensitive apps like banking apps, messaging apps or social media appsetc on the lock screen or the notification bar. ‘Show on Lock Screen’ setting can help to keep sensitive information private.
- Share my location setting:
It is not always advisable to share your location with everyone be it friends or family. With this setting, the location will not be shared if you want to keep it private.
On similar lines, the sharing location with other apps can be turned off if it’s not really needed.
- 2-piece affirmation:
To protect your iPhone Apple ID from hackers and cyber punks, you can secure your ID well with Apple. Use apple.com to secure your Apple ID. Furthermore, use passwords for all purchases done on your iOS devices.
- Ad tracking:
The advertisements that you see are not always safe and may contain vicious programs. Hence it may happen that some hacker is tracking you and your information via the ad. Use the Ad tracking setting to avoid ads using any of your personal or private information.
Settings -> Privacy -> Advertising-> Limit Ad Tracking-> Reset advertising identifier
Likewise, always use Safari browser on iPhone for browsing in ‘incognito’ mode; you can do this by setting Private mode in the page switch icon.
- Opt VPN:
iPhone has the setting to enable VPN, this adds to your privacy because the data is encrypted and not accessible to any hacker easily. You can configure the VPN on your phone or install a VPN application from the play store.
Setting -> General-> VPN
The above setting may satisfy the needs of a lot of people but not all. People, who do a lot of financial transactions, do business conversations etc on the phone need to make their phone more private. Hence let us draw the picture about the tools that can amplify the protection of your iPhone’s privacy.
- Signal (free for iOS):It is a splendid messaging app which has end-to-end encryption of data. It is one of the most secure apps for those people who want to keep their messages safe and private. You can send text messages, make video calls, and send attachments etc without getting your login credentials in trouble. User friendliness along with an (audited) encryption it is good choice for secure conversations.
- Lookout: Lookout is a security app devised to monitor your iPhone against skeptical threats, helps to locate your phone, paired apple watch etc with an inbuilt backup facility. It has a Premium version available for $10 per month which helps to identify theft protection and insurance in case of bogus attack.
- LastPass: Apart from providing password management for desktop, it also features in securing passwords for Android and iOS phones. The LastPass Premium app is a strong password generator and a vault for the same. After a user syncs the password vault, the app automatically fills the login or forms while surfing the web. It is compatible with Chrome and Safari browser.
- Onion Browser: Onion is a mobile browser designed for iPhones only. It enables you to control cookies, speedy IP address, user-agent spoofing to conceal your phone etc. It easily connects to the Tor’s anonymizing system and use Tor online. It is a paid tool charging $0.99.
- Avira Phantom VPN: Avira Phantom VPN is a free VPN service which allows users to route around 500MB of data per month through their VPN. It helps to keep your browsing activity private, encrypt data, hide the IP address etc. It is a user friendly app which also provides full data routing for $54.99 per year.
Protecting the privacy and data of your phone is a big question mark. With the iPhone or iPad Privacy settings provided by Apple you can control and protect your phone’s privacy by controlling access (to apps) to your personal data like phone ID, location, contacts etc. With the new iOS versions, since iOS 10.3.1 these settings have improvised. But even with the setting if you still don’t feel protected you can try out the privacy apps available for iPhones.