How to Protect iPhone Against App Thieves

The iPhone is one of the most expensive mobile phones available and the personal information it contains is extremely valuable to thieves. A recent Wall Street Journal report reveals that hackers are monitoring users as they enter their passcodes on the device, learning how to determine the code. This information can be used to reset the password on Apple ID and gain access to all of a user’s data in iCloud. Apple is currently working on updates to thwart these methods. Meanwhile, there are several options that anyone can do to safeguard their iPhone from app thieves.

Create a strong password. Make it as difficult to guess as is possible regardless of whether you’re using Face ID, Touch ID or a 4-digit numeric number. This is the first step in making sure that a thief is not able to gain access to your iPhone and personal data.

Review all the apps that are able to access your location services as well as your camera and microphone on your iPhone. If you observe any suspicious behavior (for example an app that asks for your camera or contacts list) remove the permissions immediately. Finally, turn on two-factor authentication in the Settings app and all apps that allow it. This will prevent thieves from gaining access to your iCloud account and downloading your personal data from the cloud.

A reputable security app can provide a wide range of end-to-end safeguards for your iPhone. Trend Micro’s app for free Mobile Security, for example it analyzes Internet behaviour to detect harmful websites and adware, as well being able to protect your iPhone from identity theft on social media sites such as Instagram. The app also protects your privacy and provides ads blocking features for the most reliable protection. F-Secure SAFE is a top option for a secure iOS environment. It comes with a broad range of security features, including a vault that can be used which can be used to store upto 40 private photos and an alert for password breaches that will let you know if your email password has been stolen.

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