Millions make dangerous iPhone mistakes that could drain your bank and expose your private photos

OUR iPhones hold all of our most valuable information—private photos, personal texts, and access to our finances.

Unfortunately, there are many errors that result in this information falling into the wrong hands – so update yours iPhone Safety with these nine tips.

Your iPhone is packed with great privacy features


Your iPhone is packed with great privacy featuresCredit: Alamy

While most smartphones are secure, there are always risks when it comes to privacy.

Luckily, there are several things you can do to keep your iPhone as secure as possible.

Here are nine foolproof ways to quickly and easily protect your iPhone from hackers, according to some of the security industry’s best-known experts.

1. Enable two-factor authentication

iPhones rarely get malware, but people can easily stumble with phishing and smishing (SMS phishing) attacks and accidentally share credentials like passwords or financial information.

However, Jake Moore, Global Cybersecurity Advisor at ESET, offers a simple way to combat these attacks.

“A simple technique is to implement two-factor authentication for all online accounts,” says Moore. It’s not only easy to set up, it’s also free.”

Most online platforms give you an option to do this in your account settings, usually under “Account Security”.

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2. Download a good password manager

Downloading and installing a well-rated password manager is another great way to stay safe, says Moore, since it can help you generate and store unique and complex passwords for all of your accounts.

“This helps if a password ever gets compromised and hackers won’t be able to access all of your accounts with the same credentials,” he says.

3. Use biometric identification

Sarah Norford-Jones, co-founder of secure messaging platform YEO Messaging, recommends iPhone owners use all biometric identification features available to them.

“Only your face or fingerprint can access your device – use it even if you think you have nothing to hide,” she explains.

“That extra layer of security can really make a difference.”

To do this, simply enable Face ID and Touch ID in your security settings on the iPhone.

4. Do not connect to public WiFi networks

While public Wi-Fi networks are free, they come with all sorts of hidden problems.

“It’s surprisingly easy for hackers to gain access to these networks because it gives them access to all Internet traffic going in and out,” says Norford-Jones.

“Once they open that door, they can use the network to download content, hack your accounts and gain access to your devices.”

5. Think before you click!

Look closely at the links attached to emails or texts, and if they’re from a person or company you don’t know, throw them away.

“Even if it just looks suspicious, throw it straight into the ‘spam’ folder or delete it from your device,” adds Norford-Jones.

6. Turn off Siri

While Siri can prove to be a pretty useful feature on an iPhone, it’s an easy entry point for hackers, says Security Elite cybersecurity expert Aaron Franks.

“Make sure you turn off Siri,” he warns. “Hackers use an approach called ‘SurfingAttack’, which simply means they use inaudible ultrasonic waves on an iPhone’s voice assistant.

From here, Franks explains that hackers can manipulate Siri to retrieve SMS codes and make calls using the phone.

“They can then use these codes to access the phone and private data. Turning off Siri stops that potential risk,” he adds.

7. Only download apps from the official app store

If you use your Apple iPhone, you should only download or update apps from the official app store, Franks says, adding that users should also keep their apps updated as often as possible.

“By doing this, you don’t open yourself up to be vulnerable,” he says. “Typically, app updates fix bugs or potential vulnerabilities.”

8. Activate your passcode

It sounds very obvious, but make sure your passcode is activated on your phone.

“This helps against physical hack attempts if the hacker owns your phone,” explains Franks.

Also make sure your phone is locked when you are not using it and make sure the timer delay to lock your phone is as small as possible.

To set up a passcode on iPhone X and later, go to Settings, then tap Face ID & Passcode. For earlier iPhone models, go to the “Touch ID & Passcode” option.

Next, tap “Enable Passcode” and enter a six-digit passcode. Enter it again to confirm and activate it.

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9. And finally enable “Find My iPhone”.

Franks also suggests turning on the Find My iPhone feature in case your phone gets stolen.

‘[This feature] allows you to locate your phone on a map and remotely lock or erase it through the iCloud website,” he adds.

To turn on Find My iPhone, open the Settings app on your device, tap your name, and then tap to turn on Find My iPhone.

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