Protecting your iPhone from being spied on requires that you prevent people from being able to physically access your personal data. It also demands that you keep your iPhone's software up to date with the latest security measures to prevent hackers from being able to remotely access your phone's sensitive data. Keep your phone password protected at all times and never leave it in an open area where prying eyes might be able to access it.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Set up a password for your iPhone and keep your phone locked whenever possible. Choose a hard-to-guess combination for the passcode; avoid using your birth date or address. Go to "Settings" and open the "General" submenu. Choose "Passcode Lock" and enter the four-digit passcode you have chosen. Turn off "SMS Preview" to prevent text messages from appearing on the home screen, as they are received even when the phone is locked.
Connect your iPhone to your computer. Open the iTunes media software. Click on your iPhone's icon when it pops up and choose "Check For Updates." Update your iPhone to the latest firmware version available. Apple regularly updates the iPhone software with security fixes to help keep the phone secure.
Connect to only trusted Wi-Fi networks and do not visit password-sensitive websites when connected to a public Wi-Fi network. Susceptible sites are those rich in sensitive personal data like bank accounts and e-mail. Only access these from your home Wi-Fi network or your wireless data connection, which encrypts information to protect it.
Regularly clear your iPhone browser's cache, history and cookies. Go to "Settings" and choose "Safari." Tap "Clear Cache" and hit "Yes" when prompted. Repeat for the browser's history and cookies.
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