The Internet is full of a lot of great and useful things. If you ever want to know how to make a particular type of drink, just Google it . If you ever want to know the best features of iOS 10, you can have that too. Unfortunately, everything is not sunshine and lollipops on the Internet, and there are security settings your iOS device should have enabled to have a safe iOS device .
The tips I will mention are in the Settings app on your iOS device and waiting for you to turn them on or off. You’ve probably seen a few of them but probably didn’t have time to investigate to see what they can do.
Once you enable the following security settings, you can sleep like a baby knowing that your iOS device is safer than before.
Turn Off Your Frequent Locations to Keep Your iOS Device Safe
There is always some benefit to every feature, but sometimes the bad side is too much. Unless you’ve turned it off, Apple knows the places you visit frequently. If it’s just too creepy for you (Apple knowing where you go), you can quickly turn this feature off by going to Settings > Privacy > Locations Services > System Services > Frequent Locations.
How to Hide Lockscreen Widgets on iOS
If your iOS, device falls into the wrong hands so can your content and it doesn’t matter if it’s locked. By swiping left on the lock screen, anyone can have access to the materials on your widgets. If that is something you want to disable, the good news is that it’s easy to do.
Got to Settings > Enter your password > Toggle off Today View. Once you’ve done this, lock your device, and if you swipe left, you won’t be able to your content like you could before.
Disable Share My Location
Unless you need to share your location for something extremely important, it´s better to have it off. Someone with bad intentions could track you down for who knows what. You can easily turn this feature off by going to Settings > iCloud > Share My Location > Toggle of Share My Location.
Wipe Your iOS Device Clean After 10 Failed Passcode Attempts
Heaven forbid this should ever happen, but if one day you lose your iOS device there is an option you should have turned on. What this feature does is that it factory resets your device after someone has tried ten times to enter the right passcode. If it´s you trying to unlock your passcode, you will only need one try.
To turn this feature on go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Erase Data. Right below the option, you will see that your data will be erased after ten failed attempts.
Reduce Auto-Lock Time
The longer your iOS device takes to lock when you´re not using it, the bigger the chances are the some that someone can access it. You might either have it on 5 Minutes or Never since it´s a lot more comfortable and faster not having to enter your passcode. It´s always better to be safe than sorry.
To reduce the Auto-Lock time go to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock > The lower, the better.
How to Stop Safari From Tracking Your Internet Habits
It´s nothing new that you are tracked while surfing the Internet so that the ads you see are the ones you might click on. Some people may not mind since they want to see ads that interest them, but if you don´t want to be tracked, this is what you need to do.
To stop Safari from tracking you go to Settings > Safari > Toggle of Do Not Track. As long as you´re there, you can also toggle on Fraudulent Website Warning. Some bad sites look so good that you can´t tell them apart from the legit ones.
Erase Saved Passwords by Safari to
Having Safari save your passwords for later can be very convenient, but it´s also not a good idea. If someone were to get somehow get into your iOS device, they would have access to all the passwords you saved.
I would recommend you erase the passwords to sites such as your bank or any shopping site you have linked a credit card too. You can erase these passwords by going to Settings > Safari > Passwords. Once you´re in, tap on the Edit button and select the passwords you want to clear.
It is not a good idea to think that you will never be a part of some security breach. If you do, you might not take the necessary precautions to protect yourself. It´s alway better to be safe than sorry. How do you keep your iOS device safe? Share your tips in the comments.