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3 essential security settings for your iPhone

If you’re an iPhone user you understand your device doesn’t necessarily need to be opened to access certain features or information stored on it. Like most phones, iPhones are extremely user-friendly and because of this, they can be prone to hacking.

Despite this, there are a number of security precautions you can take to keep your information safe and stored where it needs to be. These security settings are easy to set up and essential for any iPhone user.

USB-restricted mode

The USB-restricted mode is especially important when trying to combat hackers from figuring out your numbered passcode. When plugged into a USB port, backup information stored on an iPhone can be accessed much easier than just guessing a passcode.

If your iPhone lay dormant for an hour without being unlocked, the USB-restricted mode will cut off the lightning port. By doing this, the USB cord is only good for charging and will not be able to access any information.

To turn this setting on, go into Settings and navigate to ‘Touch ID & Passcode’. It will then ask for your phone’s password. Once you input the password, scroll down until you see the ‘USB Accessories‘ button. Make sure this button is white and toggled to the left. This means you need to input your password anytime the phone is connected to a USB.

Set/change device passcode

If you haven’t set up a passcode, do it. It’s the simplest and most obvious way of protecting your private information. Similar to the USB-restricted feature, setting and changing your passcode can be found in the ‘Touch ID & Passcode‘ option in your settings list.

If your passcode hasn’t been set up already, you will be given the ability to select or change it. iOS even lets you scan fingerprints to set a fingerprint ID passcode.

If you have a passcode and wish to change it, press the ‘Change Passcode‘ button and enter the current one. Once entered, you’ll be asked to input your new passcode.

Limit lock screen access

If your phone is locked, you can swipe up, left or right and have access to a number of features that could cause concern for a security threat. You can see incoming text messages, suggested apps and even the news you receive.

Some of this information could be sensitive and it is imperative that it is not easily accessible. Fortunately, Apple gives you the ability to limit what tools can be used when your phone is locked.

To see what locked access you are allowing, return the ‘Touch ID & Passcode‘ screen by first inputting your passcode. Once inside, you’ll see another list labeled, ‘Allow Access When Locked.’ Some of the tools shown on the listed include the Notification Center, Wallet, Return Missed Calls and the Control Center.

To limit access, toggle the features you want off to the left so the buttons appear white.

Secure your valuables

Your information, oftentimes, can be more valuable than physical objects. When you don’t know the security capabilities of your device, you could be increasing the probability of a hack or stolen information. Pay close attention to what access you are providing and understand the importance of setting security measures.

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