How to protect your iPhone against hackers?

Check out our tips for protecting your iPhone (and your sensitive data) from prying eyes and hackers.

With this guide, learn to secure all sensitive data on your iPhone, from your photos to your emails, not to mention your contacts.

Apple’s iOS operating system is one of the safest, but it’s possible to improve the security of its device by applying the following tips.

Do you think your iPhone has been infected with a virus? Then follow this tutorial.

Update iOS

Our first tip to protect your iPhone is simple: make sure your operating system is always up to date.

Hackers sometimes find flaws in Apple’s coding that they can potentially exploit to access your personal data.

IOS updates allow Apple to fix these iOS vulnerabilities and make the necessary improvements.

To update iOS, open Settings and tap General→ Software Update.

A message will then indicate if you are already using the latest version of iOS, otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install the latest update.

Enable “Locate my iPhone”

Another step in the war against hackers: activate “Locate my iPhone”.

If you steal your iPhone (or if you lose it), you can then connect to this service and delete the contents of your device remotely. This protects your personal data from prying eyes.

To delete your sensitive data, sign in to the Find My iPhone app (or the iCloud website ), select your iPhone, tap ” Clear iPhone ” and confirm the operation.

At the next Internet connection (if you have not done so already), the phone data will be erased automatically.

Create a long password

There is a hacking tool, named GrayKey, that can crack iPhone passwords in a few days (if you have a 6-digit code) or even in a few hours (for 4-digit codes).

In order to better protect your phone, choose a password of more than six digits and consider incorporating some letters.

To set up a new access code, follow these steps:

Open Settings and tap Touch ID & Code (or Face ID & Passcode if you have an iPhone X).

Enter your current password.

Tap Change access code.

Enter your access code.

Tap Additional Options.

From the options, choose Custom alphanumeric code and enter your new code.

Do you have trouble remembering your passwords? Check out our selection of the best Free Password Manager.

Automatic cleaning of the contents of the iPhone

If you have sensitive data, you should consider enabling automatic removal of your iPhone content.

The idea is that if someone steals your iPhone and enters an incorrect password ten times, the phone will automatically erase all its contents, ensuring that the thief does not have access to your data.

Settings →   Touch ID & Code, scroll to the bottom of the page and activate Clear Data.

If you enable this option, we recommend that you also start the automatic iCloud backup (so you can restore your data later ).

Avoid clicking on unknown links

We can not repeat it enough: we must at all costs avoid clicking links received by email or SMS. Indeed, they can direct you to dangerous sites.

Note that phishing, also known as phishing and phishing, is one of the leading causes of online hacking. It is to trap someone by e-mails (or on a website) to reveal personal information (banking data, access codes to online services).

Revoke application permissions

One precaution you can take against hackers is to revoke the permissions you have granted to some of your applications.

When you download the iOS app, you are often asked to allow access to it from your camera, microphone, contacts, etc. a lot of private information.

So, if you feel that you have installed an unreliable application on your iPhone, you can either delete it or go to Settings → Privacy, select the authorization you want to revoke and disable the application.

Disable Siri

Apple’s virtual assistant, Siri, could in some cases be used to access personal data. We advise you to limit the number of applications with which it is linked.

You can also disable Siri completely, by following our complete tutorial here.  

Disable auto-refill

Automatic filling of form and password in Safari is extremely convenient … but also dangerous.

If your smartphone falls into the wrong hands, then it will be very easy for a stranger to access all the websites you visit, or even your bank details.

To disable AutoFill just go to etting → → Safari AutoFill and disable each option.

Avoid hacking an iCloud account

Are you worried that the photos of your iPhone will be stolen and shared on the web? The risk is probably greater if you are a celebrity, but to be on the side of security you can disable the sharing of photos on iCloud.

To turn off the photo stream on your iPhone, go to Settings → iCloud → Photos, and turn off My Photo Stream.

To find out more, check out our Live Photos user guide and our tutorial How to remove photos from your iPhone.