How to stay as private as possible on Apple’s iPad and iPhone

How to stay as private as possible on Apple’s iPad and iPhone

Apple believes in your right to privacy. Here is some advice on how to use the tools it has given you to protect your privacy on an iOS device.

Use a better passcode

You probably already use a 4-digit passcode, but you can improve that with a 6-digit or alphanumeric code.

You change this in Settings>Touch ID/Face ID & Passcode, select Change Passcode and then tap the small Passcode Options dialog. Alphanumeric codes are harder to decipher, just make sure you remember the code.

Once you have protected your device with a solid passcode, it makes more sense to use Touch ID or Face ID, unless security policy forbids you doing so.

Erase Data

What happens if someone gets their hands on your device and wants to get at the data it contains? Given there are just 10,000 combinations for a 4-digit code (and many more passcodes start with ‘1’, rather than any other number), it makes sense to at least reduce the number of chances a miscreant has of guessing your number.

To so, open Face/Touch ID & Passcode and ensure the Erase Data option is on (Toggle to green). This will erase all the data on your device after 10 failed passcode attempts.


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