The mobile phone industry had evolved over time, starting from when mobile phones were two-way radios that allowed people like emergency services and taxi drivers to operate. Devices similar to what we have today only became available about four decades ago when Motorola first mass-produced cell phone devices in 1983.
Significant advancement in the mobile phone industry began in the 2000s when Nokia took the world by storm with its portable, rectangular 6000 series phone that could be easily carried around. This evolved to better looking, sleek and colored screen phones – a good example being the Motorola RAZR which came in several colors. Just as much as it was a communicating device, it could also double as a fashion statement.
As at 2007, when Apple – one of the current top 5 phone manufacturers around the world today came into the scene, Blackberry was taking the world by storm with its instant messaging feature – Blackberry Messenger, including the several other communicating and performance tools it afforded its users at their fingertips. Over a decade since the launch of the iPhone, with Blackberry taking the backseat and Samsung and Huawei competing for top spots with Apple, mobile phones have been expertly designed to suit our current lifestyle and productivity on the go.
Because of the pervasiveness of mobile phones and how much personal information they contain, they have over time become a point of attack for hackers and malicious elements. Apple prides itself on the sterling security possessed by the iOS, protecting not only the devices but the data owned by these devices and the entire ecosystem both online and offline. Many argue that although the software does only so much to protect the users, browsing on the internet is best done with an iOS VPN for connection encryption and better security.
Despite how secure iOS devices might be, there are some personal security tips users need to take into cognizance in order to secure their phones to a large extent. Some of them are:
- Keep your iOS up to date: These software updates that frequently get sent to the devices of users aren’t just for the UI or performance. These updates often contain bug fixes and improvements for the iPhone. The flaws detected by either hackers or Apple’s security team are corrected in these updates to prevent exploitation and stealing of user’s data through these security flaws.
- Activate ‘Find my iPhone’: This is a handy security tip especially when the device gets lost or stolen. The owner can simply log on to Find my iPhone on another Apple device or via the web and either track the device or remotely clear out the personal data contained in the phone. This way, an attempt by anyone to access the personal data after gaining access to the device will end in futility.
- Use longer passcodes: The importance of a long passcode cannot be overemphasized, and according to research into a device that could crack iPhone passwords in older updates, 4-digit passwords took a couple of hours to crack, 6-digit ones took a few days, 8-digit could take a few months and 10-digits, decades! An ideal password should be not less than 8 digits, containing a mix of alphanumeric characters that are not easy to guess.
- Set-up Auto-wipe feature: While this security tip may sound a bit discouraging, it would actually come in handy in protecting personal data when someone is making deliberate attempts to guess the passcode of the device. This feature simply wipes out pre-selected personal data after 10 failed passcode attempts at unlocking the device.
- Avoid opening suspicious links: This isn’t just peculiar to iPhone users alone but all users of the internet. Links and attachments have been known to be a popular attack vector that can install malicious malware in the devices of unsuspecting users. Suspicious links, unknown emails, and funny looking attachments are to be avoided in order to keep your device safe.
Other ways by which iOS device users can keep their devices safe is by: revoking app permissions, avoid location sharing in images, disabling location tracking, turning on two-step verification for iCloud and Apple ID, and disabling Siri on lock page.