iOS: 5 settings to secure your iPhone

iOS: 5 settings to secure your iPhone Cybersecurity

One of the main advantages of iOS is that, even if you just take your device out of its box and you don’t make any changes to the basic configuration, you have a really secure platform. It is rare that a questionable application arrives on the App Store, and Apple has found the perfect balance between too much and too little security. However, here are some tips to make your iOS devices even more secure.

1. Secure your access code

Do not be among those who use 000000 or 123456 as an access code. Your data is worth more than that. Much more.

To change the access code, go to Settings> Face ID and code (or “Touch ID” and code for older iPhones), then enter your current access code. Then click on Change the code, re-enter your code, then choose Code options to obtain the different options: “Personal alphanumeric code” being the most secure, “Personal digital code” the second option, and “4-digit code”, not recommended, the least secure option.

iOS: 5 settings to secure your iPhone

2. Control your data

In other words, avoid data leaks. To do this, you can control the information accessible if your device is locked.

iOS 13 lets you control the following:

  • Day display;
  • Notification Center;
  • Control center;
  • Siri;
  • Reply by message;
  • House ;
  • Wallet;
  • Recall missed calls;
  • USB accessories.

For my part, I disabled everything except Maison and Wallet.

The bottom line is that the fewer options you allow, the more secure your device and data will be. The USB Accessories function is particularly useful, as this prevents the Lightning port from being used to connect to an accessory if your iPhone or iPad has been locked for more than an hour.

To choose your configuration, go to Settings> Face ID and code (“Touch ID and code” for old iPhones), enter your code, then check or uncheck the different options available under the “Allow access in locked mode” menu.

iOS: 5 settings to secure your iPhone

3. Do not reuse the same password

If you use the iCloud keychain to store your passwords for websites and apps, it is now possible to check if the same password has been used several times. A word of advice: don’t do that, it’s risky.

To perform the verification, go to Settings> Passwords and Accounts> Web / App Passwords and authenticate with Face ID / Touch ID or your access code.

If you see a gray triangle with an exclamation mark, it means that the password in question is used several times. To change it, click on the site in question then on the option “Change the password on the site”.

iOS: 5 settings to secure your iPhone

4. Lock the screen quickly

You can choose the time to lock your screen, with options ranging from 30 seconds forever. As soon as the chosen period has passed, your device requires authentication to access it.

A word of advice: never choose never. Never !

To configure this delay, go to Settings> Brightness and display> Automatic locking and select a duration from those proposed: 30 seconds, 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 5 minutes and never.

iOS: 5 settings to secure your iPhone

5. Hide the display of notifications

Avoid prying eyes by hiding the preview of notifications.

To do this, you have to go to Settings> Notifications> Show previews. You can then choose between “Always”, “If unlocked” and “Never”. I advise you to select “If unlocked” so that no one other than you can read the notifications.

iOS: 5 settings to secure your iPhone

Bonus 1

Restart your iPhone approximately every week.

This allows you on the one hand to improve performance, but it is also an easy way to avoid taking control of your device remotely.

Bonus 2

Download and install iVerify.

iVerify scans the security of your device and ensures that you are using basic security features like Face ID / Touch ID, screen lock and that you are using the latest version of iOS. It also scans the device for security anomalies and alerts you if something looks abnormal.

The app also gives you a very – and I mean very – comprehensive list of the settings and changes you can make to keep your device safe. Most of these changes are probably excessive for the average user, but for an experienced or security-conscious user, the application is a gold mine of information.

iVerify is not free – the app costs € 3.49 – but it is definitely worth it if you take security seriously. Even for an experienced iOS user like me, it is possible to learn new things by browsing the guides contained in the application.



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