How to protect your information and data

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Most people have a lot of sensitive data on their devices. If someone steals your device, not only will your personal information be lost, but you can also suffer serious consequences.

Adding some security measures to your iOS devices is always a good idea!

These security measures are also critical when you share your device with others. You may not want other people to simply access your personal information.

You can increase the security of your device (iPad, iPod and iPhone) to ensure the protection of your personal data.

Here’s how!

Quick tips

  • Use a passcode and a face ID / touch ID on your devices
  • Enable Location Services and Find My iPhone on all devices, including Macs
  • Add restrictions when you share your device with family and friends
  • Use a third-party email app instead of the iOS email app
  • Encrypt your iPhone backups
  • Jailbreak not a device!

1-Set up a passcode lock

You can configure a passcode for an iPad, iPod, or iPhone by simply tapping Settings> Face ID (or Touch ID) and Passcode.

You can set a four- or six-digit password, add a face ID or a touch ID, or use a longer passcode with numbers and letters.

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It is also a good idea to enable the “Clear Data” option
Erase iPhone or iPad data on the 10th passcode attempt

This option clears everything after ten failed attempts.

2-Turn on location services and configure them

Location services can help applications determine your approximate location.

Go to Settings> Privacy> Location Services and turn it on.

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Make sure you check “Find my iPhone / iPad / iPod” so that you can find your device if it is lost, missing, or stolen.

Find My iPhone helps you find all types of devices, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple Watch and AirPods. If one of your devices ever fails, you can use Find My iPhone to restore it.

How to set up Find My iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and AirPods

This article will show you how to configure Find My iPhone on your Mac and other iDevices.

3-Set the restrictions

You can enable restrictions to prevent access to certain functions (restrictions are explained in more detail in this article).

Set this up if you want to restrict access to various apps (such as YouTube, Safari, Camera, FaceTime, iTunes) along with installing or deleting apps.

Another option is to allow or deny location and account changes.

For maximum protection, set the content and privacy restrictions to “Do not allow changes.”

  • For iOS 12 and later, search for restrictions in Settings> Screen time> Content and privacy restrictions
  • On iOS 11 and below you will find restrictions in Settings> General> Restrictions
  • Tap and update to iTunes & app purchases, location services, password changes, account changes, and other settings Do not allow changes

4-Don’t use the built-in mail app

The built-in mail app works great, but there is no easy way to unsubscribe, and anyone using your iPad / iPhone / iPod can easily check / send emails from their email account.

iOS Gmail app instead of iOS mail app

Instead of using the integrated mail app, you can download a separate mail app from the app store.

  • For example, if you’re using Gmail as an email service, download and use the Gmail app
  • You can use the Gmail app to sign out and ask for usernames and passwords the next time you check your email
  • This way, no one but you can check your email, even if you share your device with someone

5-Encrypt your iDevice backups

The safest way to back up your device’s data is to encrypt it using iTunes.

  • Your saved passwords
  • WiFi settings
  • Site History
  • health data

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