Lock that IPhone – don’t be lazy or stupid!

September 20, 2013

The other day I was out with a friend as she flipped on her IPhone, no password! She said she didn’t have anything to hide and it was one more step she would have to do thousands of times a day. She is a huge social media gal and all her apps are then open to the world, the taxi driver, or the high schooler that finds or STEALS your phone. They can get into your iTunes, your address book, your email – think about this! That extra two seconds of adding a password is like clipping that safety belt. we use to think what a pain that was, but now its as natural as breathing. (except when we get on a plane and they have the need to teach us how to clip it). Lock down your phone!!

How to Ensure Your iPhone is Safe

Since technology is so present in our lives it can be easy to overlook the privacy and security measures we need to take. Imagine losing a device that has all of your personal information as well as links to all of your banking and credit card information. That would be really scary right?

Well, our iPhones have this exact capability. There are a few measures you can take to ensure the security of your device and your personal information remains solid, even if your device is lost or stolen.

How do I protect my device?

Unfortunately, since iPhones are such a hot item nowadays they are more likely to be stolen. One way to always know where your device is at, is to turn on the ‘Find my iPhone’ feature in your settings. A big mistake is people trying to turn this feature on after it’s too late.

Follow these steps to turn the feature on:

1. On your device’s home screen open Settings.
2. Under Settings, open up iCloud.
3. Under iCloud, switch Find my iPhone to On.
4. On your Mac, go to ‘iCloud’ on your System Preferences.
4. Allow it to use the location of your Mac.

That’s it. You know have ‘Find my iPhone’ enabled, which makes it so you can track your iPhone no matter if it’s lost or stolen.

Any other security measures?

For starters, you can prevent others from even accessing any of your data by enabling a passcode on your iPhone. That makes it so anytime if anyone, even you, wants to use your device then you have to enter a four digit code.

Follow these steps to turn on your passcode:

1. Go to Settings.
2. Select General.
3. Scroll down to Passcode Lock.
4. Turn on Passcode Lock.
5. Enter your passcode (don’t forget this).

What do I do if I’ve lost my iPhone?

If you’ve lost your iPhone and don’t have any of these security features enabled you’ll want to call your cell phone service provider as soon as possible. They can deactivate and sometimes even turn off your phone remotely.

If you have any apps with sensitive information on your phone make sure to change their password immediately. For example, you might have your bank account tied to your phone, so go to the website and change your password. Do this for any app on your phone that requires a password. This may be time consuming, but it will prevent you from getting any unwanted charges on your phone or other accounts.

Making sure your iPhone is protected is well worth the investment. By enabling these features you’ll not only minimize your risk, but make sure less valuable information is lost if the worst does occur.