Grab It Now
Must read this before your Iphone 6 get hacked
You might have already pre-ordered an iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and are ready to party with a totally new handset. Since Apple's iOS 8 is here, now is a great time to spruce up the security of your iOS device. Below are few Safety Tips before you upgrade to iOS8.
1. Wait a little
Getting a new operating system is exciting. Sometimes, it's like a whole new phone but for free! But experts advises iOS users to wait a few days until the dust settles. If you're using an older device, you might not want to update at all. Remember that anyone with an Apple developer account can get early access to iOS 8, and that includes the bad guys.
2. Check Security Settings
The people behind the popular password manager recommend that you optimize your security settings as soon as you update to iOS 8 or get your grubby mitts on a new iPhone. Be sure to enable Do Not Track and warnings about fraudulent websites from the Privacy and Security section of Safari's Settings.
3. Your Location
One thing you'll notice right off the bat is that iOS 8 asks you to enable location services before you can even play with the new OS. I recommend enabling location services at first, but going through the apps that request that data with a fine-tooth comb and deciding which really need the information. Google Maps? Absolutely. A flashlight app? Maybe not.
Once iOS is installed, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services and select which apps can access location data. Then tap System Services and toggle off any iOS features you don't want to see your location. Then tap Frequent Locations. This service aims to figure out what places you visit frequently in order to push you customized information. Apple says it's safe, but I don't want to worry about it. Toggle this one off.
4. Trust Your Finger
Be sure to enable Touch ID if you have an iPhone with a fingerprint reader, and deactivate Simple Passcodes to use a longer, more complex passphrase to unlock your device. Remember, if you have Touch ID you'll probably never need to enter it so make it long, but memorable.Also, enable Touch ID for any app that supports it. It's easier than entering a password, and more secure.
5. Lock your Lock Screen, Make Restrictions
From the Restrictions section of the General settings, you can hide apps and even prevent apps from being installed or deleted. You can also set which apps can access your microphone, or other intimate settings, and prevent those settings from being changed. Consider limiting which apps and notifications appear on your lockscreen. You might not want a thief to simply be able to see your schedule at a glance, or read the text of your incoming text messages.
6. Go Nuclear
A strong passcode and Find My iPhone go a long way toward keeping your phone, and its data, secure. But we can go further. Set your iPhone to automatically wipe its contents after 10 failed attempts to enter a security code. Go to Settings > Passcode and activate Erase Data. Now just be sure to type carefully!
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