Wed. Sep 22nd, 2021

Thankfully, there are several ways to improve the security of your iPhone and keep your data even better protected. We’ll show you the best iPhone (and iPad) security tweaks and settings you need to change.

1. Keep iOS Up to Date

A vital way to keep your iPhone or iPad secure is to install the most recent version of iOS or iPadOS. This is important because Apple frequently patches security holes with new software updates.

To keep your iPhone up to date, you can install software updates over the air or on your computer. Unless you need to use a computer for some reason, installing updates right on your iPhone is the most convenient method:

Wondering how to update your iPhone? We show you how to update iOS, what to do beforehand, and how to update iPhone apps.

  1. Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  2. If there’s an update to install, tap the Download and Install option. If you’re already up to date, you’ll see a Your software is up to date message.
  3. We recommend enabling all the options under Automatic Updates so you don’t have to manually check in the future.

2. Use Find My

Not only does the Find My app help locate your lost iPhone, but you can also use it to remotely wipe your data in case it falls into the wrong hands.

To make sure you have Find My activated:

  1. Go to Settings > [Your Name] > Find My.
  2. Tap Find My iPhone.
  3. Make sure that Find My iPhone is enabled.
  4. If you like, enable the Find My network to participate in Apple’s crowdsourced network that helps people find their devices even when offline.
  5. Optionally, you can enable Send Last Location, which automatically sends the location of your iPhone to iCloud when the battery is extremely low.

3. Protect Your Account With Two-Factor Authentication

Since your Apple ID is the gateway to much of what’s on your iPhone, it makes sense to protect it with all the tools available. Two-factor authentication is one particular feature you definitely should activate on your account to increase its security.

Using two-factor authentication, when you sign in to your account, you’ll see a prompt for a verification code, which appears on your trusted devices.

To turn on two-factor authentication using your iPhone:

  1. Head to Settings > [Your Name] > Password & Security. You may need to confirm your credentials.
  2. Select Two-Factor Authentication to set the feature up.
  3. Below this, you can make changes to your trusted phone numbers, if needed. Make sure you have access to these numbers.

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