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Top 3 iPhone security tips

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If you are one of many users of Apple iPhone and until now – security of your phone is not on your mind, you must consider about security risks. These risks include getting a web-mail account hacked, having your online identity stolen, risk of losing valuable personal information such as wireless service account data that could result in financial losses, or other disasters.

To avoid this problems you must prepare you secure your iPhone. Here are the most important tips which will save you of the possible troubles:

1. Auto-Lock
One of the most basic iPhone security functions is the Auto-Lock feature, which locks the device’s touch screen after not being used for a preset time period. Though Auto-Lock is not exactly a security function on its own, nevertheless when it is combined with the Passcode safeguard it becomes a great iPhone security feature. Make sure that you turn on Auto-Lock.

2. Passcode Lock
The iPhone Auto-Lock disables the device’s screen after a preset time period of non-use, but the Passcode Lock feature takes that a step further. Whenever the device’s display locks, whether due to Auto-Lock or because you’ve hit the iPhone Sleep button–found on the top right of the device–Passcode Lock requires a four-digit code to be entered before the device can be employed again.

How-to turn on Passcode Lock:

  • Simply click the main iPhone Settings icon again
  • Hit General and then tap Passcode Lock
  • On the Passcode Lock menu screen, enable the function by tapping Turn Passcode On.
  • You’ll then be prompted to enter in a new passcode
  • Good passwords are completely random
  • Don’t choose them based on birthdays or other dates or numbers that could be uncovered by would-be hackers.
3. Use Wi-Fi safely:
Wi-Fi support is one of the most valuable features of iPhone’s, which lets you connect to high-speed wireless networks for faster, however, employing Wi-Fi networks without taking the proper security precautions can leave your device–and everything on it–open to crafty hackers.

How to prepare Wi-Fi connection:
  • Make sure your own personal Wi-Fi networks are secured using Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) or another wireless security protocol.
  • When you connect your iPhone to that network for the first time, you’ll be prompted for the network’s password.
  • Modify the name of your personal Wi-Fi network to something custom, to help reduce the chance of coming across another network with the same name.
  • To ensure that you don’t unknowingly connect to Wi-Fi networks while on the go, you should enable the iPhone’s Ask to Join Networks function. You can turn this feature on by once again tapping the main iPhone Settings tab choosing Wi-Fi:On the main Wi-Fi settings screen, turn the Ask to Join Networks function on by simply tapping the on/off button next to the option. After the feature is enabled, you’ll never connect to an open Wi-Fi network without first being asked to confirm the connection.The device will still automatically connect to recognized networks, or networks to which you’ve connected in the past.

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