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Turn on these three iPhone settings NOW or risk a hack attack

IF YOU are worried about iPhone hackers then we have some tips to help allay your fears.

From making your logins more secure to protecting your passwords from stalkers, here are security settings worth knowing about.

Your iPhone has a host of useful features to help protect it from hackers

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Your iPhone has a host of useful features to help protect it from hackersCredit: Alamy

Face ID

Once the preservation technology of sci-fi movies, facial recognition has now become a mainstream technology.

It’s basically a way of identifying or verifying a person by scanning their face with a computer.

Its main use is to make sure that a person is what they say there – like Apple’s Face IDUse facial recognition to unlock your iPhone.

To set up Face ID:

  • Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. If asked, enter your passcode.
  • Tap Set up Face ID.
  • Make sure you’re holding your device in portrait orientation, place your face in front of it, and tap Start.
  • Place your face in the frame and gently move your head to complete the circle. If you can’t move your head, tap Accessibility Options.
  • When you’re done with the first Face ID scan, tap Continue.
  • Gently move your head to complete the circle a second time.
  • Click Done.
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Two-factor authentication

Setting up two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the easiest ways to prevent hackers from tracking them down.

It protects your account by requiring an extra level of verification before you log in – on top of your password.

It means that if your password has been hacked (or guessed), your account will remain safe.

You can enable 2FA on your Apple ID – the account that contains the user’s personal settings and information, and what you need for iCloud.

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Once enabled, you’ll be asked to enter a special code sent via text or email, which you enter to sign in with your password.

  • Go to Settings> [your name] > Password & Security.
  • Tap Turn on two-factor authentication.
  • Click Continue.
  • Enter the phone number you want to receive the verification code when you log in. You can choose to receive the code by text message or by automated phone call.
  • Click Next.
  • Enter the verification code to verify your phone number and enable two-factor authentication.

iCloud Keychain

Every iPhone has a powerful tool that makes it difficult for hackers to take over your account.

It’s called iCloud Keychain – and lets you quickly and easily block hackers from tracking you.

We’re constantly asked to choose complex passwords – but that’s hard with so many accounts.

iCloud Keychain remembers the passwords you enter on your phone, encrypts them, and stores them in the cloud.

It allows you to choose very strong passwords without having to remember them – your phone will simply enter them for you when you sign in.

This is one of the best defenses against hackers.

To set it up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, follow these steps:

  • Tap Settings> [your name] > iCloud (on iOS 10.2 and below, just Settings > iCloud)
  • Tap Keychain
  • Tap the slider to enable iCloud Keychain

Strong Password

The Safari web browser has a special feature called Strong Passwords.

When you sign up for a service on Safari, you’ll get the option to use an auto-generated password that’s very difficult for hackers to crack.

This password is automatically saved in your iCloud Keychain, so you don’t even have to remember it.

You can also add the password you already have to Keychain.

But one of the best features is the password reuse warning.

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It is important to never use the same password on multiple accounts. If you reuse passwords, hackers who break into one account can then gain access to others.

Your Safari saved passwords will notify you when you have two passwords that match and suggest you to change them.

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iPhone has powerful tools that make it hard for hackers to take over your accountCredit: Alamy
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