The iPhone is one of the most expensive mobile phones available, and the personal data it contains is highly valuable to criminals. A recent Wall Street Journal report reveals that hackers are monitoring users as they input their passcodes into the device, and learning to guess the code. This information can be used to reset a password on Apple ID or to access all the information stored in iCloud. Apple is currently working on updates to stop these techniques. There are a variety of options that anyone can do to safeguard their iPhone from app thieves.

Begin by creating a secure passcode. Make it as difficult to guess as is possible, regardless of whether you are using Face ID, Touch ID or a 4-digit numeric number. This is the first step to making sure that a thief is not able to gain access to your iPhone and personal data.

Next, review all of the apps that have access to your location services, camera, and other features on your iPhone. If you notice any suspicious behavior (for instance an app asking for your camera or contact list) remove the permissions immediately. Make sure you enable two-factor authentication in the Settings app, as well as any other apps that support it. This will prevent a thief infiltrating your iCloud and downloading your personal information from the cloud.

A reputable security app will provide a range of protections that go from beginning to end for your iPhone. Mobile Security by Trend Micro for instance, analyzes Internet activity to detect malicious websites, adware, as well as safeguards your iPhone against identity theft on social media platforms like Instagram. The app also safeguards your privacy, and has an ad blocker feature for the most secure protection. F-Secure SAFE is an excellent option for securing your iOS environment. The app provides a comprehensive set of security features including a private vault to store up to 40 private photos and an alert for password breaches that informs you the password to your email has been exposed.

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