Tips to Keep your iPhone Secure

While Apple is doing its part of the job and promptly fixing major security flaws that are being reported, its important that we do ours to ensure that our iPhone is secure to reduce the risk of having our Web mail account hacked; or our online identity stolen; or losing valuable personal information.

Here are a few security tips that I would strongly recommend that you should follow to keep your iPhone secure.

Enable Passcode Lock:

The Auto-Lock feature (Settings -> General -> Auto-Lock) only locks the screen after a preset time of not using the iPhone. But the Passcode Lock takes it a step further, one needs to enter a four-digit code to get access to the iPhone’s home screen. This will ensure that someone cannot access your iPhone.

By default, iPhone doesn’t require you to enter a passcode to unlock it. To set a passcode,
choose General > Passcode Lock and enter a 4-digit passcode.

Passcode unlock also has two other options to “Show SMS Preview” and “Erase Data”.

If you have “Show SMS Preview” enabled, you will see the name of the sender and the first few words of the text message when you get the text message when iPhone’s screen is locked. If you are concerned about privacy then you can disable it. With Show SMS Preview disabled you will only get a generic “New Text Message”. (The only issue is that a 12-year old kid has raised a minor privacy concern where this does not seem to work in the Emergency Call feature.)

The “Erase Data” feature lets you completely wipe your iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts. After six failed attempts, the iPhone locks out users for a minute before another passcode can be entered. And the device increases the lock-out time following each additional failed attempt—one minute, five minutes, 15 minutes, etc. Its a nice feature to protect the data on your iPhone if it gets lost or stolen. However, you might want to be careful enabling this feature if you have kids at home.

Use Wi-Fi safely on the iPhone:

One of the best things about the iPhone is Wi-Fi support, so you can connect to hi-speed Wi-Fi whenever it is available.

However, you should ensure that the Wi-Fi network you are connecting to is a secure one using Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) or any other security protocol just like you would do when you connect to a Wi-Fi network from your desktop computer or laptop.

To ensure that you don’t unknowingly connect to any open (unsecure) Wi-Fi networks while on the go, you should enable the iPhone’s Ask to Join Networks function. This is enabled by default (Settings -> Wi-Fi -> Ask to Join Networks).

Use SSL to Access Emails

If you are using iPhone’s Mail app to access email, please ensure that you are accessing your emails via SSL so that the mails that are sent and received are encrypted. It is turned on by default. If you have disabled it, you can enable it by going to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendars -> (Select an Account) -> Advanced, then scroll down to the Use SSL option and ensure that it’s set to On.

Change the default password of your Jailbroken iPhone

This security tip is applicable to all those who have jailbroken their iPhones. Please change your iPhone’s root password as the default password is “alpine”.

Its extremely critical to change the password as if you decide to ignore the tip on connecting to only secure Wi-Fi networks and connect to an open non-secure Wi-Fi network, it exposes you to a security risk where a malicious hacker could get access to your iPhone using the default password without your knowledge.

To change the default password of your jailbroken iPhone, please follow this guide.

MacWorld has listed down some more security tips for the iPhone which you might want to go through. I have only listed the ones which I felt were quite important.

Let us know what you think? If you know of any other security tips, please share it with your fellow readers.

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  • eleu

    Noting that security is important–what is the risk security-wise in jailbreaking? If I use appstore banking apps, is it still "safe" to use these with a jailbroken Iphone or do I risk compromise through phishing, backdoors, etc.?

    • Tom

      You can’t use banking apps with a jailbreak I know when I tried the app would not open due to jailbreak

      • Kitten Meow

        Liar. It will work. Apps from the App Store don’t really *check* if you’re jailbroken or not. And besides, there aren’t any viruses on jailbroken phones except for Unflod and something else. Unflod aims to steal your App Store password but not your bank account.

  • huzefa

    can someone indicate what are the negatives of jailbreaking an iphone 3gs?

    i've been told the only negative is the inability to download apps over a wifi connection but the same can be done via a physical connection to the itunes store.

    pls help if there is something else am not aware of.

  • Bob Bobalina

    Do you still need to change the default password??

  • Mike

    does the alpine password apply to ipod??

  • poo

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    • Makara Kang

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    roar im a dinasaur (: -_- wee

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    That topic was better than a new episode of House.

  • jd

    Are there any apps for the iPhone to secure from hacks? Like a Norton system? On a news channel I heard the report about unsecure wifi & hackers. They even provided the app names.. But I didn’t catch it for the iPhone. Anybody?

  • kksls

    Bahh the cyndia porgram dont start.. when I push the icon :(

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    Eat some chicken

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    Eat some chicken!

  • Duckman

    Eat some chicken! Don’t eat any duck

  • john

    i jailbroke my iphone 4s, cydia appeared in home screen, but now when i want to install an application from app store this error occurs: “your request cannot be processed, error code: 1009″. what should i do now? can’t i install any application from app store any more?!!!! please help me …

  • Mick Fielding

    brand new ipad 3 (wifi/3G/32GB), iOS 5.1.1, took < 2 minutes and worked a treat. Used 'redsn0w_mac_0.9.14b2'. thanks guys!

  • Nicholas Kabu

    Am about jailbreak my iphone 4 on 5.1.1 and will like to if this will hacktivate my iphone 4

    • Help

      With the backup you made

  • BeccaBaby

    how do i get rid of this?

  • Austin

    When I click on Cydia it acts like it wants to open but it doesn’t an it closes real quick. What does this mean and how do I fix it?

    • Sean

      Hey Austin, this once happened to me two months after jailbreaking my iphone 4, I searched everywhere and tried everything for a solution, but there was nothing I could find, so I just backed up my data and I restored my iphone. I hope this was any help to you.

      • lool

        toooooo late

  • Will

    My Email function stopped working. Cant see previous email or the Inbox icon. Just plain white page (with reply icon on bottom) and can not even press that icon. As if the Email feature is not starting. This happened after i did the Jailbreak immediately.

    I Jailbraked my 3GS Iphone with an IOS 5.1.1. Now the Cydia icon appeared and it seems that the jailbreak process is suspenseful.

    How can i fix this ? and start using my email again. ?? PLEASE HELP ME.

  • Jacco011

    “connecting to is a secure one using Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)”

    WPA isn`t safe, you can get all the WPA passwords in seconds! Please use WPA2 for the best safety possible. Read more about it on:
    Wikipedia say`s: Shared-key WPA remains vulnerable to password cracking attacks. WPA2 is the successor of WPA, and replaces the TKIP encryption protocol with CCMP to provide additional security.

  • redwan

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  • dev

    i have 4iphone with latest ios7…i loaded Cydia …and its showing on my home screen,when i dwon loaded ring tones from cydia..ring tones are not shwoing in my mobile..what to do..pls help me…

  • AyeImaGurlGamer

    after I’ve jailbreak my iPod touch 4g my wifi isnt working anymore!!!!!
    why is that??? >:(

    • AyeImaGurlGamer

      and is greyed out D:<

      • Kitten Meow

        7 months late lol but just restore your iPod touch with itunes and then JB again. And by the way-JB means JailBreak.

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  • Hasan Mahmood

    i done all process but not received cydia app

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    i have a problem after i finished everything my iphone didn’t open what do i do?

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  • Malouda Simon

    Ma phone has failed to download iOS what can I do

  • questions

    is jail breaking the same as unlocking to use on any provider?

  • john

    my ipod 5g is jailbroken but a couple of hours after i jailbroke it (at night) it just shut down and wont turn on no matter what i do. plz help i really like my ipod and itunes says i need to download a new verson but when i do it says it again.

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