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iPhone Security: How to Protect Your Phones from Physical and Cyber Theft

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Apple devices are certainly better protected than others. The level of security that the company puts on its products is one of the reasons why it has toppled competitors and became the tech giant it is today.

While iPhone security in terms of electronic breaches are top notch, the more pressing problem it is facing is physical theft. Data from law enforcement agencies around the US shows that there is higher occurrence of iPhone theft compared to other mobile brands.

However, it doesn’t mean that iPhone owners should neglect other areas of security just because physical theft is more pressing these days. Here are some iPhone security tips that will lessen the chances of it being stolen physically and electronically.

Passcode setup

One of the simplest and quickest security step to do is to set a passcode on your iPhone. Aside from keeping thieves from accessing your data, you can also prevent hackers from getting into your system easily. If you haven’t set a passcode yet and your phone gets stolen, you can make one using the Find My iPhone feature provided that you notice the theft right away.

Tick on Find My iPhone

One piece of built-in app that Apple has brilliantly created is this iCloud app that lets users track an iPhone using GPS when it gets stolen. Aside from being free, the Find My iPhone feature can also help in tracking other stolen or lost devices as long as you have enabled it beforehand.

Avoid Jailbreaking your Phone

The lure of what you can do with a jailbroken iPhone maybe strong, but if you don’t want to compromise it with your phone’s security, then don’t do it. Apple has made iOS to be a robust, secure OS for all your iPhone gadgets. The system is designed to prevent malware, viruses and any other related threats. The high level of security will be quickly gone however, when an iPhone is jailbroken.

Enable Backup Encryptions

With some government agencies battling Apple in court to get data from specific iPhones, many people are getting even more worried about the private information on their phones. If you haven’t thought hard about it yet, your website log-ins, emails, texts, photos, and videos can be accessed.

What’s even more worrisome is when several devices are synced together. Most, if not all, iPhone owners sync their mobile phone to their computer, laptop and tablet for easy retrieval of data. This ease of data access is of course reversible- when any of those synced devices are compromised, hackers can easily get hold of your private details through your iPhone.

To mitigate this problem, you have the option to encrypt those backups so that when someone hacks in to your computer system, they can’t have access to your iPhone’s data because they don’t have the password. In fact, this shouldn’t be an option but a must for every iPhone device owner out there.

Steps in How to Encrypt Backups

On the iTunes menu when syncing your iPhone, you will see the Options button below the image of your device. Check the box under ‘Encrypt iPhone backup‘. Set a difficult password for it and whenever you need to restore from that, you need to enter the password. If someone doesn’t know it, of course, they can’t access that data.