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iOS Security Checklist for Every iPhone User Part III | Lucideus

This is third and last part of our iOS Security Checklist for Noobs. If you have not read our Part 1 and Part 2 then please go through the same and make your iOS device secure like never before. 

Turn Off Wireless Services When Not In Use: Turning OFF your AirDrop, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth. Turning off your Wi-Fi & Bluetooth saves you from any sophisticated wireless attacks that can be performed on these services. Turning off your AirDrop, not only saves you from privacy risk, but also from getting unknown content from random people in your vicinity.

  • To see the AirDrop option, swipe UP from the bottom edge of the screen.
  • If you are using any older versions of iOS, you can see the AirDrop option at the bottom. For newer versions, long press on any icon in Wireless section, let's say long press your Wi-Fi button and you’ll be presented with the AirDrop option.

There are 3 Options:
Receiving Off: This will disable AirDrop from receiving any content from anyone.
Contacts Only: This will allow AirDrop to receive only from your contacts, which are added in your Contacts List. This is the recommended setting one should have.
Everyone: This will allow anyone in your vicinity to share content on your AirDrop. This should be used with caution.

Enable Auto-Lock: This one is really useful when you want your device to lock itself after a certain amount of time period of user inactivity. This can ensure your device safety when handing out devices to a stranger to make calls, or if your device gets lost or stolen, most of the times it can assure that the device will lock itself after that certain time period. iOS devises to provide a list of time periods ranging from 30 seconds to 5 minutes. To enable this,
  • Go to Settings.
  • Go to Display & Brightness.

  • Choose Auto-Lock.
  • Set your desired timing. The recommendation would be somewhere around 30 seconds to 1 Minute for most of us.

Updating to Latest iOS Version: Last but not the least, keeping your iOS version updated not only boosts performance and gives stability to the applications on the device but also implements new security features and security patches in the iOS. Keeping your iOS update is half the battle won when it comes to securing your device, although there is no assurance that the latest iOS version will always be bug-free and maybe it can introduce new security loopholes. The latest version of iOS at the time of writing is iOS 11.3.
  • Go to Settings.
  • Go to General.

Choose Software Update above

All three parts we shared with you will ensure the safety of your iPhone like never before. We hope after using all you will reach to a reasonable security of your device and feel much more secure and protected from iOS attacks :) Cheers

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