How to Protect iPhone Against App Thieves

The iPhone is one of the most expensive mobile phones on the market and the personal information it holds is highly valuable to thieves. A recent Wall Street Journal report reveals that hackers are monitoring users as they enter their passcodes on the device and figuring out how to determine the code. The information could also be used to reset a password on Apple ID or to access all the data stored in iCloud. Apple is reportedly working on updates to thwart these tactics. There are several ways that you can shield your iPhone from snatchers of apps.

Create a secure password. No matter if you use Touch ID, Face ID or the 4-digit numeric code create a passcode that is as difficult as possible to guess. This is the first step to keeping thieves from gaining access to your iPhone and your personal data.

Then, you should review all the apps that have access to your location services, camera, microphone and other features on your iPhone. If you find any suspicious activity (for instance, an app that asks for access to your camera or contacts list) delete these permissions immediately. Turn on two-factor authentication in the Settings application and any apps that support it. This will prevent a thief accessing your iCloud and downloading your personal information from the cloud.

A trusted security application can offer a variety of complete security for your iPhone. Trend Micro’s free application Mobile Security, for example analyzes Internet behavior to identify harmful websites and adware, as well safeguarding your iPhone from identity theft on social media sites such as Instagram. The app also safeguards your privacy and offers an ad blocker feature for the most reliable security. F-Secure SAFE is an excellent option for securing your iOS environment. The app comes with a complete set of security features which include a private vault that allows you for up to 40 photos of private content and an alert for password breaches that will let you know if your email password has been leaked.

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