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What You Should Know about Encryption on iPhones

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Encrypting your iPhone could be the biggest security feature that you introduce on the device.

In fact, you only need a minute (a mere 60 seconds) to encrypt your iPhone and make it harder to hack. The iOS platform is not at huge risk and is relatively secure. At this point, it would be good to remind you that there is not a single completely secure platform in the world today. So, you have no option other than to engage in encrypting your iPhone.

The iOS platform has vital security features baked within the system. Some of these features are quite easy to notice. Other security features operate behind the scenes, thus a bit difficult to notice. Encrypting the iPhone is much easier than most people realize. The fact that more iPhone users have not learnt encryption remains one of the biggest puzzles. Encrypting the device is the best way of protecting the phone, apps and all data contained therein from hackers.

Setting the PIN Code

You enable the encryption feature by setting the PIN code. To set the PIN code and enable encryption, follow this procedure:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Scroll all the way down to Touch ID and Passcode
  3. Alternatively, scroll to Passcode if you own a much older iOS phone
  4. Tap the feature labeled Turn Passcode On

Afterwards, follow the prompts that keep appearing until the entire process is complete. Any iPhone user who encrypts the device will be able to protect his right to privacy. Encryption is not a favorite word among police officers, but should be great news for people afraid of losing vital and sensitive information when the device is stolen or falls into the wrong hands. Failure to encrypt the device could lead to massive loss of vital information and documents.

What Does Encryption Protect?

The recent launch of iOS 8 was accompaniedby the news that Apple will not be able to access any information within the iPhone even if police came with the gadget and a warrant. By setting the appropriate passcode, you can provide ample protection to the following, thus making it difficult for Apple or any other person to access them:

  • Photos
  • Messages (including all attachments)
  • Emails
  • Contacts
  • Call history
  • iTunes content
  • Notes
  • Reminders

Encryption makes it impossible even for Apple to bypass any passcode that you have set on your iOS phone. Encryption also means that advertisers cannot target you or your device by looking at your iTunes habits. Apple is also unable to read your emails or messages and use this information to target you with marketing campaigns. Privacy advocates continue praising the new feature that has always been available to iPhone users.