How to Protect iPhone Against App Thieves

The iPhone is the most expensive consumer mobile phone on the market and is a repository of personal information that is extremely valuable to thieves. A recent Wall Street Journal report reveals that hackers are monitoring users as they enter their passcodes onto the device, and are able to figure out the code. This information can be used to reset the password on Apple ID and gain access to all the data of a user stored in iCloud. Apple is reportedly working on updates to thwart these strategies. However, there are a number of things that everyone can do to protect their iPhone from app thieves.

Make sure you have a secure password. Make it as difficult to guess as you can, regardless of whether you are using Face ID, Touch ID or a 4-digit numeric number. This is the first step to stopping a burglar from accessing your iPhone as well as your personal information.

Then, you should review all the apps that have access to your location services, camera, microphone and other features on your iPhone. If you spot any suspicious behavior (for example, an app asking for your camera or contacts list) take those permissions off immediately. Finally, turn on two-factor authentication in the Settings app, as well as any other apps that support it. This will prevent thieves from hacking into your iCloud account and downloading your personal information from the cloud.

A reputable security app can provide a wide range of end-to-end safeguards for your iPhone. Trend Micro’s free app Mobile Security, for example it analyzes Internet behavior to detect malicious websites and adware, as well being able to protect your iPhone from identity theft on social media sites like Instagram. The app also safeguards your privacy and includes ad blocking capabilities for the most reliable protection. F-Secure SAFE is an excellent option for a secure iOS environment. The app offers a comprehensive security suite that includes vaults for up 40 photos and an alert for leaks in passwords that will notify you when your email password has been leaked.

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