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Protecting Your iPhone from Data Theft
The iPhone is undeniably the king of mobile phones today. It is a revolutionary device that has changed the technology industry and made it how it is today. Without the iPhone, we would not be experiencing these touch screen phones, tablets and computers. The device really changed everything.
As great as a device as it is, the iPhone is not totally secure. Its operating system the iOS has certain vulnerabilities that have been exploited by hackers. This allows them to be able to access personal information inside the iPhone. What's bothering is that not a lot of users know this fact. And, most of them use the device in a way that puts them to great risk. Here are some tips to help protect your iPhone from data theft:
1. Be extra careful of Wi-Fi hotspots
We all love free Wi-Fi. That is why we connect to every possible available Wi-Fi hotspot in the neighborhood. However, this should not be the case. When you detect a hotspot that is not password protected, be extra cautious. Try to do more research before connecting. Usually the name of the network will correspond or at least related to the establishment it is in. If it is not, then there is a chance for it to be suspicious. Hackers could use this network to gain access to personal information on your iPhone.
2. Login pages of Wi-Fi Hotposts
This is related to the first tip. Some hotspots require certain login pages that require you to input information. These are usually for paid services. These login pages usually ask you for a card number or whatever service code there is for you to be able to use the network. If the login page will ask for extra personal information like credit card numbers, pin numbers and other related ones then you have to be very careful. You might as well just disconnect. This is an avenue for hackers to obtain private information, an illegal technique called phishing.
3. Passcode Lock
The iPhone comes with a passcode lock feature in the settings. This gives you the option to set a 4 digit character or a long combination of characters and numbers depending on what you want. Once enabled, the phone will ask for the passcode as soon as you open the iPhone after a period of inactivity. This may be annoying to some people, but this could help you in instances you will least expect. While you are away for a bit, someone might try to open your iPhone and just look at a few sensitive personal information you do not want to share.
4. Use SSL on Mail
For every email account you set up on your iPhone, there is a corresponding advanced option where you can turn on SSL. SSL or Secured Sockets Layer allows you to transfer or send encrypted mails. Sending these type of mails will make it very hard for hackers to view or intercept them. Make sure you have that enabled for every email account you have.
There are actually some good spy devices for iPhone tracking which were created for good use. However, some hackers who are just trying to prove themselves are actually still abusing the system. So, to be sure you are very much protected from all these malicious activities just follow the tips mentioned above.