How To: Managing Your iPhone Security


Smartphones, like the iPhone, have become increasingly important to our modern lives, and accessing account and professional content is shifting more towards mobile devices. The iPhone has security options that you can use, which are listed below.

Use a Passcode

Make sure that you are using a passcode onto your iPhone, which is the easiest way to keep someone from accessing the data on your iPhone.

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Passcode and tapTurn Passcode On, and then enter a four digit passcode twice.
    You will be prompted to enter this passcode when accessing your iPhone.
  3. If you want a longer passcode, in the Passcode Lock menu, turn Simple Passcode off, which changes the passcode from four digits to a longer password option.

App Store Password

If someone steals your iPhone, they may be able to connect to your iTunes and App Store account and spend money on music and apps.

Make sure that you only manually enter in your Apple App Store password information and do not share it with anyone.

Secure Email

Your email messages should be encrypted to your iPhone. This is set to on by default, but you may want to check this to see if any changes to settings have been made.

  1. In the Settings section, go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  2. Select the email account that you want to ensure the SSL on
  3. Go into Account Information and select Advanced.
  4. Make sure that Use SSL is set to On.
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Jared Howe

Jared Howe is PRIVATE WiFi’s Senior Manager, Product Marketing Communications. Working in high tech for over 15 years, Jared currently lives in Seattle with his wife, daughter, and their two cats.

4 Responses

  1. CG says:

    I have neighbors in 35222 that get on my WiFi. I’ll look at my settings and it’s their physical address. Then when they know I’m aware or whatever it changes. I have two WiFi adreeses that are similar. One was on. I was in the garden with my music and when I returned it was the other address. They pretend to be friends on text

  2. make sure Find My iPhone is turned on for your device. This makes it easier for you or a trusted friend or family member to track down your phone if it gets lost or stolen—and it’ll help keep any sensitive information on there safe as well (like credit card info). If you don’t want anyone else getting access to that information even after they find the phone (for example, because they want to look through your photos), you can set a passcode on Find My iPhone too—but make sure it’s something easy enough for YOU to remember!

  3. Yvan Gremaud says:

    The first thing I do when I get a new iPhone is set up the Find My iPhone feature. This lets me track my phone if it’s ever lost or stolen. It also lets me remotely lock and wipe my phone if it’s in the hands of someone who shouldn’t be using it.

    I back up my phone every night to iCloud so that if anything happens to it, I can always restore it from the backup file.

    Finally, I use a passcode on my device so that no one can get into it without knowing the code.

  4. I always make sure that my iPhone is locked when I’m not using it. I don’t want anyone snooping around on my phone, or getting access to my accounts.

    To lock your phone, press the home button, then swipe up on the lock screen. To unlock your phone, press either side of the home button. If you have Touch ID enabled, you can just hold your finger on the Home button for a moment to unlock your phone.

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