A cybersecurity attack occurs every 39 seconds, according to University of Maryland research. There will have been more than 5 cybersecurity attacks around the world by the time you finish reading this article. Many of these are aimed towards smartphones, including Android and iPhone models. From passwords and account information to financial and personal information, our phones store a lot of sensitive information.
Although not many people are aware of these tactics, iPhone users may rely on the phone’s strong security safeguards. The five security features that every iPhone user should be aware of are listed below.
Password Security Settings
Everyone understands that keeping your passwords secure is essential if you want to avoid being targeted by hackers. Did you know, though, that iPhones come with unique password management tools?
Apple’s new password security feature uses iCloud to sync all of your passwords and credentials, and the password monitoring system can notify you if any of your log-in credentials have been compromised in a data breach. You’ll be able to swiftly determine if any of your accounts have been compromised this way. Go to the Passwords panel and tap Security Recommendations to check your passwords. You’ll be able to view any passwords that need to be updated or adjusted from there.
Stop Wi-Fi Tracking
When you connect a device to the internet, it is assigned a MAC address, which internet service providers can use to track your online activities. ISPs and other third parties can develop a user profile based on your activity and utilize it for advertising purposes if they monitor that address repeatedly (among other reasons). However, iOS 14 included a function that assigns a new MAC address to your smartphone each time you connect to the internet. Third parties will have a much harder time tracking you this way.
Go to the Wi-Fi menu in the settings and hit the blue info button next to the network you’re connected to learn more about this function.
Check Which Apps Read Your Clipboard
Apple’s iOS now informs users when specific apps are snooping on their clipboard, which is where all of your copy/paste material is stored. When an app snooping on your clipboard data is detected, the new iOS security features will send you an alert. Many programs have been chastised for requesting clipboard access, which is a serious privacy violation. This feature will at the very least notify you when a security concern exists, allowing you to take action and delete the app if it isn’t critical.
Activate Privacy Reports from Safari
Did you know that you may get privacy reports from your iPhone’s Safari browser? This report will detail the effects of preventing cross-site tracking on your browsing experience. You may make it more difficult for third parties to track your browsing activities by turning on the “Prevent Cross-Site Tracking” feature in settings. You can also get a Safari privacy report by hitting the AA button in the top left corner of the screen (while on a site) to discover how you’re being monitored.
Limit App Tracking
For advertising purposes, many applications track a user’s activity across multiple apps; they utilize this information to build a more accurate picture of you as a person so that they can offer you better adverts. If you believe this is an excessive breach of your privacy, go to the Privacy settings and select Tracking. There is a toggle button that will enable a security feature that will require all apps to ask for permission before tracking their actions across multiple apps.
Boost Your Mobile Security
Hackers can still find a way around even the most comprehensive security configurations, no matter how much work we put into enabling all of the correct security features. As a result, you should go the extra mile and invest in a VPN to protect your data while online. A virtual private network (VPN) will provide an additional layer of security to your online activity.
A VPN will make your data invisible to any intruders within your network, whether you’re browsing the web, making online payments, or just scrolling through Instagram.