Setting up a passcode is a good start to secure your iPhone, but there’s more you should do.
using Apple’s Touch ID orto secure the tech or It is something that everyone should do. By requiring your phone or tablet to scan your fingerprint or face before unlocking, you’re making sure no one gains access to your device, whether it’s a mindless roommate or a thief.
But even when your iPhone or iPad is locked, there are some app and device settings that anyone with physical access to your device can make their way through. For example, it’s possible for someone to reply to a message from your lock screen without ever unlocking your phone.
Scary, isn’t it? Here are three settings you should change right now to completely lock your iPhone or iPad.
Do not show notification content on lock screen
If you have a newer iPhone that uses Face ID, you may have noticed that notifications are hidden on your lock screen until you pick up your phone and unlock it using your face.
You can take this security feature a step further by asking your Apple device to never reveal the contents of a message. Instead, you’ll see that you have an alert from a specific app and tapping on it will open it.
Doing so will keep prying eyes from seeing what your incoming emails and messages say. To double-check or change your setting Adjustment > Notifications > show Preview and choose either when open or never. Always, as the name implies, your phone will always show the contents of your notifications even when it is locked.
Limit what can be done on your locked iPhone or iPad
Here is arguably the most important part of fully securing your Apple device. go for Adjustment > Face ID / Touch ID & Passcode > Enter your passcode and then scroll down to the section labeled allow access when locked.
There you’ll find a list of various device features, ranging from Siri and Today View to things like Control Center and Wallet. With the switch in the ON position each feature can be accessed directly from the lock screen, even when your device is locked.
For example, I was able to pick up my wife’s phone, hold down the side button to trigger Siri and ask her to send a message or call. I could even swipe right on the lock screen to see her Today View page, where she has widgets that contain her day’s agenda and other personal information – as long as the phone was locked.
Go through this list and turn off all the features you don’t want anyone to have access to. I suggest turning them all off if you really want to keep your phone and its information off. Keeping something like Home Control turned on may seem innocent, but depending on how many and what type of HomeKit devices you have, someone can control your smart home. Thankfully, Apple requires authentication before you can unlock a door or open a garage door.
Ready to go to the extreme? turn on wipe data
This should be something that you only do if you back up your iPhone or iPad regularly and can get your information back without any issues.
go for Adjustment > Face ID / Touch ID & Passcode > Enter your passcode and then scroll to the very bottom of the page. slide the switch forward erase data By On Post.
When wipe data is turned on after someone has entered your device’s passcode incorrectly 10 times, it will automatically factory reset.
The process is not something that happens in a matter of minutes. After a few wrong attempts, your phone or tablet will set a time limit before someone can re-enter your passcode. After another failed attempt, the time between attempts will be extended. It will take 1 hour 36 minutes for someone to reach the 10 failed attempt mark before the erase feature will be triggered.
Now that you have more control over what types of data and apps can be accessed when your phone is locked, make sure you take a few minutes.. it’s a good idea to On all your Apple devices so you can find a lost or stolen phone (now with the peace of mind that no one can access anything).