Secure Your iPhone to Keep Your Photos Safe
You may remember awhile back when we wrote about the Lock My Photos App? And indeed it’s a great way to keep your photos away from those who shouldn’t be looking at them…but what happens if your phone is lost or stolen? Have you protected not only your photos but also your important and personal information? No? We’re here to help! Take our advice below to secure your iPhone and keep your data (including your photos) safe, even if your phone does happen to fall into the wrong hands.
Lock It With A Passcode
First, and most importantly if you haven’t done so already, do be sure to set up a screen-lock passcode. Go, do it now…we’ll wait. If you’re not sure how to do this navigate to Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock -> Turn On. It’s really that simple, and is the first step to ensuring that your phone stays secure at least for a little while…what we mean by that is, there is now very sophisticated code-cracking software available for very little money (or nothing for those who are in the habit of stealing anyway). These 4-digit pass codes are really just a small piece of armour against someone who really wants to get into your phone – heck, the police can break the codes so you can bet the baddies can too.
Set A SIM PIN
It’s no good setting a pass code for your iPhone if the crook can simply eject your SIM card and insert it into another device, so set up a SIM PIN as well. To do this navigate to Settings -> Phone -> Sim PIN -> Turn On.
The Apple iOS security is actually pretty tough, but only when left intact. You should be able to infer from the name alone – Jailbreaking – sounds like you would have to bust through some security walls to get the job done right? So leave your iPhone as it came in the box and you will automatically have less to worry about if someone were to get their hands on your phone.
Be Your Own Security Team
This is an easy one…update your phone as soon as updates are available. Almost every update includes improved security for your iPhone, so ensuring that you have updated as soon as you can will also ensure you’re not left at risk. No one else is going to do it for you!
Encrypt Your Backups
As a bit of added security for your photos and data, you can also encrypt your iTunes backups. To do this, simply plug your phone into your computer and fire up iTunes. On you iPhone Summary page, scroll down to Backup and put a tick mark in the box that says Encrypt local backup. You’ll be prompted to add a password, add your own password and click Set Password. Although this isn’t necessary to keep your phone secure – it would be useful if for some reason a thief got his / her hands on both your phone and your computer at the same time since they would be able to simply restore your phone from the latest backup.
All of this may sound a bit long-winded, but…these steps are important if you’ve got sensitive material on your phone, or indeed sensitive photos including those of your family and children that you may not want anyone to have access to. Better safe than sorry, we say!