An Unconventional, Brief Guide To iPhone User Security In 2021

iPhone users are not without their fair share of security threats and issues.

A long time ago now, the device was faced with a lightning port hack that came on the back of an FBI investigation that required the unlocking of an iPhone. Fast forward to today and we have had Apple confirm the case of a remote hack that is very much able to affect all iPhone and iPad users from all over the world.

If that tells us anything, it is that the iPhone is not impregnable and moves need to be made to ensure the absolute safety of your device.

Here are some of such moves.

Enable 2FA

We are assuming that you have a good password up and running on not only your device but your online accounts too. Otherwise, that would be the best place to start.

Once that is set, go on to enable two-factor authentication everywhere and anywhere you can also.

It is best to use dedicated 2FA apps such as the Google Authenticator for this since it is almost impossible for hackers to intercept the codes as they could with SMS.

Choose secure browsers

Your choice of browser could expose you to a lot of ills. That is why picks like the Safari that came with your device have been specially engineered against browser fingerprinting, adware, and malvertising, among others.

If for one reason or the other you would prefer to use any other browser, make sure it is also a privacy-focused one. You can get such promises from the likes of the Mozilla Firefox, Brave browser, and Chromium.

(Check out major iOS updates from last year here)

Install Security Apps

If you are not already subscribing to a VPN service, now is the time. Gone are the days when antivirus is all you needed to install, and you were good to go.

For those who remotely care about staying anonymous on the internet and keeping their internet traffic secure, a VPN is a no-brainer. Pair that with an antivirus, for starters, and you get better security all around.

Play around the settings

Apple is known for its focus on user privacy and security, so it is no surprise that the settings dashboard made this list.

Make sure your location services are not on – and check the apps that can make use of your location when enabled also. Speaking of apps, go into your app permissions to ensure no app has access to more than it needs to work. While in there, look for strange apps that you don’t remember installing as they could be malware.

Final Words

There is a fine line between coming out on top and being a victim when faced with a hack/ data breach. Implement the suggestions above and you begin to thicken that line so much, most hackers would not want to even bother with you when they can get an easier payday somewhere else.

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