iPhone Security: Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

One in five consumers are victims of online fraud, based on the Federal Trade Commission’s 2017 report. According to Javelin Strategy & research, there were 16.7 million victims of identity fraud – stealing $16.8 billion in 2017.

However, millions of smartphones are not stolen because hackers have mastered the latest technology. In fact, it is because owners are not doing enough to protect their phone’s security.

Apple is known for its role in putting consumers first when it comes to data safety and user privacy. Representatives claim that the loophole between an iPhone software update will be locked during the process. As a result, this will prevent data transfer to and from the iPhone, requiring the use of Face ID, Touch ID, or their PIN code to access their phone. While the company is doing what it can to improve security, that shouldn’t stop us from taking extra measures in protecting our smartphones from identity theft.

Use Third Party Protection

Cell phones just aren’t what they used to be – simple gadgets to call your loved ones anywhere, anytime. Now they are traveling mini storage to keep vital information and memory within the palm of your hand. So, it only makes sense that you protect it, right? Using identity protection services like Lifelock, Identity Force and ID Watchdog can keep you updated on theft alert options. You can also opt for remote data wiping, which allows you to erase your data in the event that your iPhone is lost or stolen.

Reduce Vulnerability

A recent article by Sudo Security’s Group revealed a number of popular apps that are at risk to data thieves online – many of which include messenger, IP cam, and banking apps. Even with iOS’s built-in app feature, there is not much Apple can do to fix the issue without making iPhone apps less secure.

While there is no sure way to avoid the risk of identity theft, there is an extra measure to help you keep your iPhone protected and secure:

  • Keep iOS updated
  • Disable access to Passbook and Siri while the phone is locked
  • Disable access to the Control Center while the phone is locked
  • Use fingerprint scan in conjunction with a four-digit passcode
  • Use a VPN service when using free Wi-Fi
  • Always have passcode lock activated with auto-lock feature

With new hacks being discovered every day by professionals, Apple is always on the lookout for vulnerabilities and ways to solve them. The most important line of defense is to protect personal data through proactive prevention. Follow these appropriate measures and protect yourself against identity theft.

Alin Pogan
Alin Pogan is an IT professional. He is the Editor-in-Chief of 3tech.org and writes about technology, business, and marketing. ap@3tech.org