Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Identity and Data on Apple Devices
Dec 19, 2012 8:00am
The following is a guest blog by Vernon Irvin, President/CEO Virtual World Computing | Cocoon
As increasing amounts of personal data are held on small, mobile devices, the risk of having that data stolen is also increasing. According to The Wall Street Journal, a used iPad or iPhone can be worth more than $400.
In addition to outright theft, WiFi signals provide ample opportunity for hackers to gain access to your personal information.
Here are some of the ways to protect your identity and data on Apple devices:
1. Backup your iPhone and check the option to encrypt data.
2. Use a complex password and set auto-lock on your iDevice.
How do I do it? Navigate to your Home Menu > General > Passcode Lock On > [enter your 4-digit passcode] Select Turn Passcode off > [enter your 4-digit passcode] Enter Your New Passcode > Click on Next > [Re-enter your new passcode] and click on DONE.
Also, be sure to Set Auto-Lock to ON:Settings > General > Auto-Lock > Choose 1-5 minutes. Auto-lock is not a strong security function by itself, but when combined with a strong password – it becomes part of a strong security feature.
3. Enable Erase all data on an iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts.
Go to Settings > Passcode Lock > Enter Your Passcode > Click on Done > Erase Data = ON > Enable
4. Enable “Find My iphone”.
5. Keep your iPhone updated at all times!
6. Download apps that come from reliable sources
7. Disable Bluetooth. Only turn it on when you need it.
8. Turn off SMS preview.
9. Manage location settings.
Go to Settings > Location Services > Turn off all unnecessary apps.
10. Secure your Internet connection.
Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > Ask To Join Networks > OFF