How to Secure Your iPhone from Hackers in 9 Steps
Can iPhones get hacked? What do you do if they are? And how can you secure them, once and for all?
If these are questions that continually blow your mind - you’ve come to the right place to find the answers.
Regularly install updates
Keep your iPhone updated. This simple action is necessary to get fixes for random bugs and access exciting new features. Apple takes the security of its clients very seriously, meaning many of their updates come with security patches. Keep installing them regularly and don’t give hackers a chance to target you or your personal information.
If you're not sure if your iPhone has all updates installed, then go to Settings > General > Software Update. If there is an update available, download and install it following the system prompts.
Enable Find My and Self-Destruct to protect your phone data
Here’s what you can do to keep your private data safe if someone steals your iPhone:
- Enable Find My on your iPhone as soon as you get the chance. The app allows you to track your phone using any device that has the app installed. Alternatively, you can remotely wipe your iPhone clean to protect personal data. To enable Find My, go to Settings > Apple ID > Find My, then switch on the Find My iPhone feature.
- An even more radical decision is to go nuclear. All it takes is ten failed attempts to log into your phone, and it will automatically erase all the data. Be careful: this feature might backfire, so make sure you back-up your device regularly. If you still believe the risk is worth taking, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and move the toggle Erase Data.
Use password tricks
Everyone knows you need to set strong passwords to stay safe online, but that's not the only strategy to protect your iPhone. You can also use iCloud Keychain to generate and store passwords. Don’t worry about forgetting them, though, as the service remembers passwords for you. To enable this feature, go to Settings and tap on your name. Then, choose iCloud > Keychain and switch the toggle on.
Activate two-factor authentication
This means hackers will have no chance of logging into your Apple services without you knowing. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Apple ID > Password & Security > Two-Factor Authentication.
Stay away from third-party apps and jailbreaking
Jailbreaking means allowing your iPhone to install apps and files from sources other than the Apple Store. Our advice: don’t do it. Once you decide to jailbreak your phone, leaking your personal data becomes so much easier. Any third-party app installed may breach your security. And if that's not enough, jailbreaking your iPhone means your warranty becomes redundant.
Revoke location tracking permissions
Allowing apps to track your location might not seem like a high price to pay for the full set of features. But it actually means these apps have access to valuable information about yourself that you don't want to leak. The apps with access to your location know the routes you prefer and the places you frequent.
To change that, tap Settings > Privacy > Location Services. This is where you can review permissions for every installed app. Select those you consider untrustworthy and remove their permissions to track your location.
Say goodbye to Siri
Can your iPhone be hacked through Siri? Unfortunately, some instances of this happening confirm this. Personal assistants allowing hands-free use of edge devices are great. However, a skilled hacker can get Siri to give them access to your iPhone. If you want to avoid the risk and are willing to sacrifice the convenience of a voice-activated assistant, then go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and switch Siri's toggle off. It's sad, but it has to be done.
Disable password auto-fill
An even more wretched thing is turning off password auto-fill. It's nearly impossible to remember passwords to every online account. Plus, your payment card information is stored in Safari's auto-fill feature. Still, it's a question of safety versus convenience. If you decide the former is more important, head to Settings > Safari > AutoFill. You can choose if you want to switch off auto-fill for your contact information, credit cards, or both.
Use VPN, avoid public Wi-Fi, and mind your safety online
Can an iPhone be hacked? Yes, but that doesn’t mean you have to be constantly afraid of this happening.
Practicing reasonable precautions will take you a long way. It goes without saying that using a VPN when you’re accessing an open Wi-Fi hotspot is a good idea. You should also avoid public charging stations since they’ve proven to be a hotbed for hacking. And maybe don’t fall for the old trick of lending your phone to a stranger on the street to make a quick call.
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If you still think there is an iPhone security hack that has compromised your account despite taking all these precautions, then consider contacting Apple Support. And if you’d like to always be in the know about the latest hacking tricks and how to avoid them, keep reading Clario’s blog.