Long gone are the days when an iPhone was considered free of any external hacks or viruses. After the latest iCloud hacking case and a Chinese hacker showing us how an iPhone can be hacked using a modified mobile charger, iPhone users have to be more careful than ever before. Using these simple tips, you can make sure that you keep hackers and intruders at a safe distance. But first, let us look at a few telltale signs that will help you identify if your iPhone is being remote accessed. Here are the 7 Tips To Make Your iPhone Hacker Safe.
Is someone remotely accessing your iPhone?
If you observe any of the following issues for a prolonged period of time, make sure you contact your nearest Apple service center immediately:
- Constant SMS’ with gibberish or unknown characters
- Your iPhone heats up when not in use and stays heated
- Battery drains much faster than usual
- Unusually clicking noise when on calls
If you face any of the above problems, your iPhone is probably hacked. Contact an Apple representative immediately.
How to protect your iPhone
You can follow these simple tips to prevent your iPhone from being hacked:
1. Fingerprint and Pin Lock
Activate the fingerprint and pin lock immediately. This is not only for your protection against snoopy friends, but hackers as well. Go to “Settings>General>Touch ID and Passcode Lock” for activating a lock. When setting up a pin, do not use common pins like 0000 or 1111 or even your birth year such as 1988. These are easily guessable passwords and are not secure. Just like you have a random ATM pin, this pin should also be random. This is one of the 7 Tips To Make Your iPhone Hacker Safe.
2. Disable SIRI when locked
If SIRI can be activated when locked, she can give out a lot of personal information to whoever asks the right questions. Disable SIRI on the lock screen by going to “Touch ID and Passcode Lock> Allow access when locked” and turn SIRI OFF. This is also one of the 7 Tips To Make Your iPhone Hacker Safe.
3. Self Destruct Mode
You can also take extreme measures by turning on Self Destruct mode in the security settings. If a person tries 10 wrong pins, your phone will wipe itself. Make sure you have everything backed up on the cloud and your computer before you activate this. This is one of the 7 Tips To Make Your iPhone Hacker Safe.
4. Activate find my iPhone
Another step you can take in the war against hackers attacking your iPhone is to activate Find My iPhone.
Find My iPhone is handy because, if you lose your device, you can log on to Find My iPhone from another Apple device (or via the web on a Mac or PC) and locate your iPhone. This means that even if the hacker somehow manages to gain access to your lost/stolen device, they’ll find no valuable data.
To turn on Find My iPhone follow these steps:
- Open Settings and tap your name/picture at the top of the screen.
- Next tap iCloud.
- Scroll down and tap Find My iPhone. Tap on that.
- Now make sure the toggle by Find My iPhone is green.
You can also enable offline finding if you want your iPhone to be discoverable in this way – it’s a great idea as it will make it possible to locate – and crucially – wipe your iPhone if it falls into the wrong hands.
To remotely wipe an iPhone once located with Find My iPhone, follow these steps:
- Log in to the Find My app (or iCloud website).
- Tap on Devices.
- Select your iPhone.
- Tap Erase iPhone and confirm the action.
The next time it has an internet connection (if it doesn’t already) it’ll automatically wipe itself.
5. Avoid opening unknown links
This could potentially pose a threat to your device and even though it may not be able to hack your iPhone. This is one of the 7 Tips To Make Your iPhone Hacker Safe.
The general rule is that if you don’t trust the look of the email/message then just don’t bother opening it. The same goes for email attachments too, although there aren’t many cases where hackers could gain access to an iPhone via this method, and this is more of a general tip.
6. Revoke app permissions
The next thing that you should take into account is to revoke access to apps. When you use iOS apps you’ll often be prompted to allow the app to access things like the camera, microphone, contacts, etc. to use the app to the fullest extent.
In iOS 13 Apple has made it even tougher for apps to get information about you without your knowledge with several additional measures including:
More choices to sharing your location – you can choose between: Allow continuous location access while you’re using app, Allow once and Don’t allow.
You’ll also have a Location Reminder Alert with a map showing you what data the app has been collecting and an explanation of why the app needs that data.
Apps also need your permission to use Bluetooth in iOS 13. You might wonder why an app is requesting to use Bluetooth. It might be tracking you using Bluetooth beacons in shops and other locations. If you’d not like you can stop this tracking on a per-app basis.
WiFi tracking – Apps could track your location by looking for WiFi networks you’d logged onto. This tracking is now off by default in iOS 13.
Even though allowing access means you can use every feature of the app, the app may also be able to access your private information.
If you feel you’ve installed a less-than-reputable app on your iPhone, you can either remove it or head to Settings > Privacy, select the permission you’d like to revoke and toggle the application off. But you should do this on a per-permission basis as there’s no way to toggle permissions off all at once.
7. Do not Jailbreak
If you jailbreak your iPhone and download unauthorized apps, you are almost certain to get hacked. Moreover jailbreaking iPhone voids any support you get from Apple. So steer clear.