How to secure your Online Data while using iPhone

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Attaining perfect security is the holy grail of mobile phone manufacturers. There is no denying that the iPhone is one of the most secure phones available. However, hackers have found ways to compromise security of the iPhone as the 2014 incident of celebrity photos leaked by compromising their iCloud accounts shows.

The truth is, no platform or operating system in the modern is 100% secure. It only takes a sufficiently dedicated hacker to find a vulnerability to exploit, and the consequences can be disastrous for the unsuspecting victim.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are measures that iPhone users can take to safeguard their online data from cybercriminals.

Read on below to find out these simple tips aimed at boosting your online data security on iPhone.

1. Keep iPhone Software Updated

Starting with the most obvious tip: make sure all the apps on your iPhone and the iOS itself is updated.

Software updates include security fixes that cover previously vulnerable aspects of the software. Updates are the software developers’ answer to the new techniques that hackers are constantly coming up with in order to breach your iPhone data stored in the apps.

So, do yourself a favor guys, and don’t delay installing the most recent updates for all your iPhone apps and software.

2. Use a VPN

A VPN service can greatly enhance the security of your iPhone. This is because VPNs add encryption to your traffic flowing from the iPhone to web servers. In addition, VPNs change your IP address as visible to the outside world, which helps to anonymize your identity to a certain degree.

This review of Tunnel Bear VPN demonstrates the reasonable quality of this free VPN, which offers a dedicated app for iPhone. Just download the app from the AppStore, make an account, and turn it on while you surf the web to obtain the iPhoneanadditional layer of protection for your online data.

You may check this blog on best VPN for iPhone if you are looking for a more in-depth discussion.

3. Use Secure Email Settings

The security protocols for protecting emails has evolved over time. Most email service providers today support SSL (secure sockets layer) which is essential for encrypting your email data. Without SSL, you run the risk of your email content and passwords being visible to hackers.

To make sure that your mail account is SSL enabled on the iPhone, follow the steps below:

  1. Open Settings > Mail, Contacts. Calendars
  2. Choose a Mail Account
  3. Check if Use SSL is On

If your email provider does not support SSL, then I would strongly recommend against using that service if you value your iPhone security.

4. Disable auto-fill

The auto-fill feature in iPhones is incredibly handy. A simple tap automatic fills in your login details, eliminating the need to remember all of your various IDs and passwords for each website you visit. The feature can also to store credit card information.

The utility of the auto-fill feature notwithstanding, it can be serious risk as well. If your iPhone gets hacked, then all you stored passwords and credit cards are at the disposal of the hacker.

This is why I suggest disabling the auto-fill feature. Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings > Safari (or your preferred browser) > AutoFill
  2. Now turn off all AutoFill options

5. Don’t Open Untrusted Links

It goes without saying that you should never open a link from a source you do not trust. Attachments from emails of unknown senders commonly contain malware and are often phishing scams designed to obtain your credit card information and other sensitive details.

If you happen to get your iPhone compromised by opening a suspicious link, you have only yourself to blame. So, be very vigilant when dealing with links you don’t recognize.

Wrapping Up

In spite of the robust inherent security mechanisms on the iPhone, it is far from being foolproof. However, if you follow the security tips highlighted above, you can significantly reduce the chances of your online data being compromised by hackers from your iPhone.

Author Bio:

Osama is a staunch believer in the inalienable right of every citizen to freedom of expression. Writing about online privacy and security without regard to political correctness is his answer to the powers that be threatening our freedom. Deeply curious about Nature and the Universe, he is fascinated by science, intrigued by mathematics, and wishes to play guitar like Buckethead in some alternate version of reality

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