The sleek design and a famously easy to use interface have made the iPhone the most popular smartphone in America, and the device of choice for many Americans. But what about those people who don’t yet have an iPhone and would like to have one? The reasons you love your phone are usually the same reasons your phone becomes a target to be stolen. So the question is, how strong is your iPhone data security? If you’re not sure, or if you already know for a fact that there are some serious gaps in your phone’s protection, then take a look at these ways to stitch up the holes in your phone’s safety net.

The First Line of Defense

Sometimes the simplest defense is also the best, which in this case means the passcode. So simple, and yet some phones aren’t set up with even this basic, built-in protection. A passcode can thwart the casual pickpocket from getting access to your sensitive information, which will save you a lot of time you would have otherwise had to spend on canceling cards and changing passwords. Simple.

Sometimes You Need More

Of course, passcodes won’t get your phone back in your hands, nor will they keep the determined data miner out for very long. That’s why you’ll need to bring in a more proactive app, for which we recommend getting the free Find My iPhone. This app can remotely lock your phone and can even wipe the data if you know you’re unlikely to recover your device. Your iPhone actually has an option you can set that wipes your data once someone enters ten incorrect passcodes in a row. However, a kid or a persistent nosy friend could in such an instance accidentally wipe all of your data, so it’s much safer to just get the Find My iPhone app. You can also use this app to get your iPhone to release a loud sound in case you’ve just lost it under a seat cushion or something. And you can use it to send a message to your phone letting someone know how to get in contact with you if they find your device.

When the Unthinkable Happens

It’s possible that if you lose your phone, it may be returned to you by a good Samaritan. But what do you do when your phone is in malicious hands and you know you are never getting it back? Hopefully you’ve taken the appropriate steps and installed some precautionary apps, because at this point you’ll need them. The most important thing you can do is wipe your data. Just cut your losses and run. It’s better that data ceases to exist than that it be used by the forces of evil. Of course, if you prepare for this possibility, then it’s not the end of the world. If you remember to back up your phone, then any data you wipe will be readily downloadable from whatever source you used to store your backup. Backing up a phone simply means saving the data to another device so that losing a phone doesn’t mean losing your data. You can actually back up your phone through iTunes when your phone is plugged into your computer, so look into taking care of that the next time you are downloading the latest music.

The three most important things you can do to strengthen your iPhone data security are: set a passcode, back up your phone, and install Find My iPhone. These steps will make certain your data is safe from both being lost and being stolen, because when you lose your iPhone the worst part may be what happens to your data. You can get a new iPhone by stopping into your local service provider, but you can’t replace all of those photos and videos, and you definitely don’t want a thief accessing your banking information.


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