iPhone security best practices

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Nov 202019
 

Forbes > How To Secure Your iPhone: 12 Experts Reveal 26 Essential Security Tips by Davey Winder, Senior Contributor, Cybersecurity (Nov 1, 2019)

Just because you’ve invested in a smartphone that isn’t exposed to quite the same degree of malware and exploit issues as an Android device, that doesn’t mean you can safely ignore good practice when it comes to iPhone security. This is why I’ve asked 12 security experts to share their knowledge as far as keeping your iPhone secure is concerned. Here are their 26 tips to help you do just that.

Summary list

I’ve marked with an asterisk (*) those tips in the article which are more technical and so may not be practical for the general user.

  1. Go truly random with your PIN
  2. One iPhone, different passwords
  3. Watch for fake apps
  4. Use a Password Manager *
  5. Enable two-factor authentication (2FA)
  6. Don’t use SMS for two-factor authentication (2FA) *
  7. Protect your SIM *
  8. Don’t get juice-jacked
  9. Be wary of permissions *
  10. Don’t auto-join Wi-Fi networks
  11. Wipe clean before selling
  12. Don’t jailbreak your iPhone or sideload apps *
  13. Check for unknown configuration profiles *
  14. Use fewer apps
  15. Use airplane mode
  16. Use biometric authentication
  17. Read app reviews
  18. Go stealthy *
  19. Roll your sleeves up *
  20. Businesses should look to their MAM for help *
  21. Prevent losing your iPhone turning into a security disaster
  22. Keep your apps updated
  23. Patch, patch and patch again
  24. Disable “Load Remote Images” in email settings *
  25. Enable USB restricted mode *
  26. Learn to spot the warning signs of phishing

iOS 12 — what’s new in Apple’s iPhone system upgrade

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Sep 172018
 

It’s that time of year again. New Apple devices. New iPhones and watches, and new versions of the stuff that makes them work. MacWorld highlights the best new features in iOS 12 in this article: “How to use the coolest new features in iOS 12” (September 17, 2018).

At last, iOS 12 is here, bringing a batch of new features to tinker with. Most (if not all) of these features aren’t exactly earth-shaking, in part because Apple spent much of its development process cleaning up the relatively buggy mess of iOS 11 and turning its sequel into something worthy of the Apple name. In fact, many already exist on competing operating systemsin some form or another.

But that doesn’t mean that they’re not fun or useful, nor does it mean that they’re not welcome. We here at Macworld have spent the last several months tinkering with all of these new options in the iOS 12 beta, and over that time a few have emerged as our favorites. Once you get used to them, iOS 11 feels ancient and inefficient by comparison.

Read the full article to determine if there are any features which may appeal to you.

 

Jan 122018
 

Yesterday, MacWorld posted a useful article about Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacement program.

All of your questions answered.

The article covers the usual FAQs. In particular, “How do I initiate a battery repair?”

As for the “How do I check my own iPhone’s battery life?” question, I downloaded and tried the coconutBattery macOS app and found the results interesting. Battery capacity was still okay.

New iPhone — things to do first

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Dec 282017
 

New iPhone for the holidays? MacWorld once again has tips for a smooth start with your new device: “Got an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Do these 10 things first.”

After you inhale that new-iPhone smell, follow this setup guide to be up and running faster than you can say A11 Bionic.

Eleven tips, starting with back up and restore.

iPhone 8 or 8 Plus — first things to do

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Sep 222017
 

As for previous models of Apple’s iPhone, MacWorld today published an article on things to do first after getting a new one: Got an iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Do these 10 things first.

Well, you did it. You pulled the trigger on a shiny new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus. Nice! Before you head out to take a squillion photos or plop it down on your new wireless charging pad, there are a few housekeeping details you should tend to first.

  1. Backup and restore
  2. Finish the setup
  3. Set up Touch ID and Apple Pay
  4. Choose the Home button’s feel
  5. Update your apps
  6. (Pair your Apple Watch)
  7. Try the new camera
  8. Edit a Live Photo
  9. Customize your Control Center
  10. Charge it up
  11. (Call your mom)

And this CNET video “Favorite features in iOS 11 in 60 seconds (Tech Minute)” (below) highlights new features in iOS, if you got a new iPhone 8 or upgraded your older iPhone or iPad.

 

Essential iPhone tricks

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Jun 092017
 

Lots of my clients use iPhones. I always encourage them to go beyond using such an expensive handheld computer as just a phone or camera. This PC World article “10 basic iOS tricks every iPhone owner should know” provides advice on this topic.

… some of iOS’s most useful features are, in fact, the oldest ones. They’re easily overlooked, particularly by new iPhone and iPad users.

Read on for 10 basic iOS features that every iPhone owner should know, like how to take a screenshot, the ability to long-press your way to draft Mail messages, a physical button that doubles as the Camera app’s shutter release, and more.

  • Take a screenshot
  • Unfreeze a frozen iPhone
  • Take a photo with volume buttons
  • Silence the incoming call ringer
  • Type in all-caps
  • Type characters with accent marks
  • Shake to undo
  • Jump directly to your draft Mail messages
  • Create an event directly from a Mail message
  • Put a website shortcut on your home screen