As good as the in-built security features of Apple are, your iPhone is always vulnerable to threats like Wi-Fi interference, Crypto Hacking attacks, Data Leaks, and Phishing. A study reveals that in Britain, iPhone users are 167 times more at risk of being hacked than other mobile brands.
A security firm called Case24 did this study by calculating the number of people in Britain looking for information related to hacking an iPhone. The results were shocking. In a month, over 10,000 Google search results were related to learning how to hack an iPhone. Hence, it is essential to learn how to safeguard your phone from such threats.
Some Tips to Keep Your iPhone Safe and Secure From Possible Threats
1) Don’t Allow Text to Pop up on The Lock Screen
By default, your iPhone will show all the text messages and notifications on the lock screen itself. This is a good time-saving feature as you don’t need to unlock the phone every time you received a text or a notification. But things can go wrong if someone checks your phone in your absence. They could read your personal texts or get access to your financial information like OTP (one-time-password) or credit card statement.
2) Always Set a Strong Password
This one is obvious but setting a strong password also requires you to remember it and type it every time you wish to use your phone. I understand that having to type a long and difficult to memorize password can be cumbersome. But it is the best way to make sure a stranger does not get access to your phone, in case you lose your phone. The thieves have their ways to unlock an iPhone. It is your job to make their task impossible.
3) Turn off Auto Wifi Connect
Just like your Windows computer, your iPhone too connects to a known Wifi network without your permission. Once you use a particular wifi network, your iPhone remembers the credentials and logs you in the next time you are in its vicinity. Even if your phone is connected to 4G/5G internet offered by your wireless carrier, your phone will preferably connect to wifi as it is almost always has a higher download speed. If you are oblivious of it, you could unknowingly make a financial transaction from your phone and leave yourself vulnerable to intrusions.
4) Get a VPN Service
When you install a virtual private network (VPN) app on your phone, you are literally skipping the public network and connecting to the internet via a more personalized private network. As you can see from the image above, you are still using the public network but VPN extends it to another private network (highlighted by a red line) so a hacker scanning for devices in the public network doesn’t identify you. With a VPN turned on your phone, you can also make financial transactions using public wifi. All communications are carried out on a private network.
This is how you can safeguard your iPhone from hackers, scammers and data thieves. You should also know that no matter what security method you implement, as long as your phone is connected to the internet, it is always vulnerable. So, always keep your eyes open and watch out for spammy or misleading links.