Maintaining the privacy of your personal data is a hard thing to do nowadays with all the loopholes that exist within the internet. It is easy for people to access information about you if you are not careful enough with how you safeguard it. There are things you can do to maintain the personal information on your iPhone private, as it should be. The following is a list of ways you can go about this;
- Use a passcode
The purpose of this is to keep other people from accessing your device. If you have an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus, it is recommended that you use a touch ID as it is much safer.
- Privacy controls
Applications installed in your iPhone use and share your contacts, location services, photos, microphone access and much more. If you have reservations about this information being used and shared, you can reset this allowance of access by going to Settings>General>Reset>Reset Location & Privacy. There you can do the reset.
- Allow trusted devices only
When you are connecting with another device, you are normally ask whether to trust is before continuing or not. If you absolutely do, continue, if not, it’s not worth the risk sometimes, so don’t.
- Encrypt iTunes backup
There is a lot of vital information stored in an iPhone. One way of protecting yours from data loss is through the use of iCloud or iTunes to back it up. This helps in case you need to restore the device or set up a new one.
The difference between iCloud and iTunes backups is that iCloud backup secures and encrypts data automatically whereas iTunes backup stores your device’s data into your computer without encryption. Therefore, if you decide to use iTunes backup, ensure you specifically choose iTunes Encrypt Backup option manually, that is if your data requires more protection.
- Use a password manager
This is an application that stores vital information that can automatically log you into websites with a single tap. This app thus eliminates the need for you to recall all your usernames and passwords. Thus you won’t have to worry if you forget any one of them.
- Use an anti-virus
This allows files to be securely opened on your iPhone device. It stops viruses and malwares from passing via your iPhone which can lead to damage and data loss/theft. Use recommended anti-viruses for your device to protect it from viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other malwares.
- Track your device
Losing your data on your device is a painful experience. All your life data could be stored within your iPhone device. Therefore, it is important that you have an option of keeping this information from being accessed if you happen to lose your iPhone through theft of misplacement.
You have to log into your iPhone account and enable tracking as soon as you lose it, assuming you had activated tracking while you had it in your possession. Tracking generates location reports such as map points, longitude and latitude and IP address. Some tracking apps even allow for the snapping of the thief while others allow you to delete any information you may not want anyone to come across.
At the end of the day, losing your personal data can come about in a variety of ways. The most important step you can take in any one situation is to contact your Apple support team. This team is available to cater to your every query. It could either be your first or last resort, it is all up to you.