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Almost every smartphone has a huge amount of information stored on it and these devices know quite a lot about its user including personal information like location, contacts, and online habits. Internet is a huge place and without it, a device is of almost of no use. Internet gives the extensibility in terms of features and services to a mobile user, but at the same time, you may expose your privacy and identity to devious people while exchanging your information for a few free services. So there is a need to put a bit of attention into the context of your phone security.

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Below there is a checklist attached that explains 8 simple ways of increasing and managing your iPhone’s security. It is up to you if the single option is enough to give you protection or the combination of tricks suit you better.

Don’t Connect to Public Wi-Fi Networks Blindly

Connecting to a public Wi-Fi is never a safe option. So to avoid connect to a untrustworthy network activate the alter when your phone sense any open network. To turn off  the option that directly connects your phone to nearby Wi-Fi, go to “Settings,” then “Wi-Fi,” and search for the option that will notify you whenever you are in a range of a nearby Wi-Fi.

Enable ‘Limit Ad Tracking’

The vendor of your iPhone, Apple may share some of your information based on your interest to the apps with advertising in order to display your interest specific ads.  You can opt out if you’ don’t want to be targeted to such subjects.

To enable “Limit Ad Tracking” open the “Settings” menu and choose “Privacy,” then scroll down to see “Advertising.” Tap on “Advertising” and toggle “Limit Ad Tracking” to on.

Disable Location-based Ads

Like the ad tracking feature, Apple support location-based advertising. Here also, you have the option to disable the feature that keeps on displaying location-based ads. To turn this off, go to “Settings,” “Privacy,” “Location Services,” then “System Services” and toggle “Location-Based Apple Ads” to off.

Create a Unique Alphanumeric Passcode

Although, the iPhone’s current default security passcode is a six-digit number, but you can change it to a super-secure alphanumeric code.

To create a super-secure alphanumeric code, go to the settings and head to the “Touch ID & Passcode” section there. Tap on the option “Change passcode,” and once you’ve entered your existing passcode, look at the bottom of the screen and tap on the blue text that says “Passcode Options.” From here choose the format of passcode to create a long and tough alphanumeric passcode codes that is toughest to crack.

Make Your Safari Browser More Secure

There are a few activities like avoiding “Autofill” action that you may follow to make your smartphone’s browser more secure. Because such step doesn’t allow to save information like your ID and password to your phone’s browser. For the users who are very security-minded, disabling cookies is also a wise option.

Put a Limit on Lock Screen Activities

If you’ve setup a passcode on your iPhone, you can also put a limit on the activities you will be able to do while it’s locked.

You can disable the feature to reply to messages and notifications, Siri commands, Apple Pay and Wallet when the screen is locked.

To disable such options, just go to “Touch ID & Passcode” and find the section titled “Allow access when locked” and toggle off to put a restriction on the activities.

Use a SIM PIN

With a SIM PIN number, you can add an additional layer of protection for your SIM card. This means if you have removed your SIM card, it will be locked until you enter the correct PIN.

Before making any change, please verify that you have the number given by your carrier.

To turn on your PIN, go to “Settings,” “Phone” then “SIM PIN.”

After Trying Passcode for 10 Times, Use the ‘Erase Data’ Option

In the worst scenario, if you lost your phone or it is in wrong hands or stolen by someone, use the iPhone’s built-in failsafe to erase all your personal data.

To unlock your iPhone and delete the data on your phone after 10 failed attempts, you need to have a passcode activated, then go to the section “Touch ID & Passcode” of your settings and toggle the “Erase Data” option to on.