5 Quick Tips on iOS 7 Security

Most of us are starting to be comfortable using iCloud across a range of devices, and are using it to store more and more important information. If you’re using iCloud on an iPhone 4 or later, iPad 2 or later iPad mini or 5th Gen iPod Touch, then here are our top 5 tips on keeping your device completely secure.

1. Make Sure your device is password protected. 

This is by far the easiest way to keep your files and personal data safe, so make sure you are using a 4 number pin by going to Settings > General > Passcode Lock > Turn Passcode On. Then you will be prompted to add your chosen pin.

2. Find My iPhone Activation Lock

One of our favourite new features in iOs 7’s ‘Find My iPhone’ software is the Activation Lock. If you’ve been reading our free e-Book, you’ll know the importance of enabling the ‘Find My iPhone’ in Settings > iCloud. Now, if you discover you have in fact had your device stolen, or it is lost and un-retrievable (www.iCloud.com/find), you can use the ‘Find My iPhone’ service to put your iPhone (or whatever device has been stolen or lost) into Lost Mode, leave a note to be displayed on the Lock Screen and a phone number to contact you on. This feature makes selling the iPhone on so much more difficult than before, and is another great way Apple has devised of keeping your devices working for you.

3. Enable Restrictions for Purchases

Settings > General > Restrictions > Enable Restrictions and type in your passcode twice.

You will then be able to search through the list of apps and turn on and off restrictions for the apps you want to stay secure. You can also restrict the type of data here too, such as blocking TV and Movies with specific ratings.

4. Keep your Texts and Calendar Reminders Private

Control what information is displayed on your locked screen by going to Settings > Notification Center

5. Keep your Web Browsing Private

To hide what you’re up to online, you can enable the ‘Do Not Track’ feature by going to Settings > Safari, then turn on the DNT feature and check that Block Cookies is set to ‘From third parties and advertisers’.

For more security tips, check out this article in GizMag.com

December 19, 2013