How to secure your iPhone or iPad

Secure your iDevice against attackers

Your phone is most likely the center of your technology setup. Here are a few simple tips to secure your mobile communications tool!

Tip 1: Use a strong password

Having a strong password can go a long way to making sure that your phone is physically safe. We recommend having a password that is at least a six-character passcode. A four-character security code can be read easily by someone sitting next to you in a public space. To change your passcode, go to  Settings > Face ID & Passcode (On older iPhones and iPads, this will read Touch ID & Passcode). Once you enter your existing passcode, click Passcode Options (If you have already set a passcode up, the button will be called Change Passcode). Enter your new passcode and hit enter.

Tip 2: Use a password manager

Using a password manager can go a long way to making sure that you do not get hacked.

Secure passwords are the cornerstone of online security. Password security basically consists of:

a. Strong passwords

b. Different passwords for each application or sites

First, let’s look at what having a strong password means. Most importantly, your password should not contain common strings such as 1234 or p@ssw0rd. Another key part of password security is having a long password. Try to have at least 6 characters in your passwords. If you need help creating a password, try out the NetworkThreats password generator. Or, if you already have generated a password, check it with the secure password checker.

Now, let’s take a look at how to manage a different password for each website. There are several password managers that are great for keeping track of all your passwords. The first is Lastpass. This solution is a great idea if you have lots of devices. Lastpass can sync your passwords across different platforms. You can use Lastpass with Windows 10. On this platform, you can use the browser extension for automated password fill. The company also has clients for macOS, iOS, and Android. Another password manager is called KeePass. KeePass only works on Windows, and syncing passwords between devices takes more work.