Fast growing mobile technology is making it increasingly difficult to prevent theft of personal data and intrusion of privacy of users. Many have become victims of cyber attacks or cyber crimes and have had their passwords, identifications, and credit card details stolen.
Core Group Africa’s Marketing Executive, Kerry Taoushiani, in a media chat highlighted a few key tips to help secure your confidential data using a few security measures.
Add a passcode or enable touch ID
Adding a passcode is the most basic level of protection for your iPhone and iPad, wherein you will be prompted to register one at the time of setting up your device during the first use.
However, if you forgot to set it up earlier, you can do so manually by going to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and then hit Turn Passcode On.
As a thumb rule, security experts often recommend use of alphanumeric words for passwords as they are difficult to hack and not easily guessed by the perpetrator.
Alternatively, users can enable Touch ID via Settings > Touch ID & Passcode by registering up to five fingers with the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to unlock the device.
Enable find my iPhone in iCloud settings
Enable the second level of security on your iPhone to protect your phone from data theft and misuse, if ever it gets stolen in future.
To do this, go to Settings > iCloud and turn on Find My iPhone function which enables you to locate the missing device, erase, or ring your device remotely from the comfort of another device, using the Find My iPhone app or via iCloud.com.
Encrypt your data
Data encryption is the most effective way of hiding your data from cyber criminals and hackers, especially if you own tons of personal info such as credit card details, contacts, videos and photos on the device.
To do this: just go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and then scroll down to the bottom and check if Data Protection is enabled.
Enable automatic data wipe after 10 failed passcode attempts
The final layer of security can be enabled by pushing the toggle switch for Erase Data to On in Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, which will automatically delete iPhone’s data following 10 failed attempts.
Never share your passcode
Remember to keep your passcode safe by memorizing. Be wary of scribbling passcodes indiscriminately on papers and note pads around as this could encourage unwanted access to your device, expose your personal data and compromise security.
Core Group Africa is the official Value Added Distributor (VAD) for Apple in Nigeria and custodians of iStore, Ikeja Mall, the home of all official Apple devices and accessories where customers can get all Apple products like iPad, iPhone and iMac with genuine warranty, after sales support, and free product training.