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A few simple steps you can take to make your iPhone more secure

January 6th, 2016 at 1:34 PM
iPhone Simple Security Solutions

Whether you’re constantly on edge about someone rifling through your phone without your permission or couldn’t care less if a friend managed to guess your password and see your most recent texts, it’s never a bad idea to make your iPhone more secure.

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On Wednesday, CNET published a video highlighting a few simple ways that any iPhone owner can tighten up their smartphone security in a matter of minutes. They might sound superfluous, but if you ever lose your phone in a cab or have it stolen out of your back pocket, you’ll be glad you took the time to change these settings.

The first suggestion from CNET is to ensure that your iPhone locks soon after you turn off the display. You can change the amount of time it takes for your phone to lock in Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Require Passcode, where you will be presented with a few options. I personally have my phone lock immediately after I hit the power button.

The next suggestion is the most obvious, but an important one nonetheless. As a safety measure, be sure to enable Find My iPhone in Settings > iCloud in order to ensure that you can find your phone if it’s ever lost or stolen.

Unfortunately, even with Find My iPhone enabled, a thief can still stop your from finding your iPhone by switching the device into airplane mode from the Control Center on the Lock Screen. In order to make sure that never happens, you can head to Settings > Control Center and disable Access on Lock Screen.

Best of all, you can do all of this in less than five minutes, so you have no excuse not to secure your iPhone. Watch the full video from CNET below:

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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