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Top 5 iPhone Security Tips

Five quick tips for making your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch more safe and secure

In recent years, it’s become easier and easier for thieves to make a quick buck from stealing iPhones and selling them on. Because the devices are so expensive they’re the target of many pickpockets, so it’s incredibly important that you do everything to make sure your phone is safe. Your device holds all kinds of information about you and your friends, but with these quick tips you can not only be sure that thieves won’t be able to unlock your phone and access your details, you’ll also be able to block your phone completely and track it down so the police can find out where your stolen device has gone should the worst happen. These tips could save you a huge amount of money, time, and stress.

You can find more security tips and tricks in issue 120 of iCreate, which is on sale in all good newsagents and supermarkets now. You can also grab the digital edition of the magazine, or get hold of it from our online shop.


1 Use complex passcodes

Setting a lockscreen passcode on your iPhone is one thing, but if you want to go a step further, head to Settings>General >Passcode Lock and tap the Complex passcode toggle.

tip22 Find my iPhone

Chances are you’ve already got an iCloud account, so setting up Find My iPhone should be easy. Ensure its toggle is set to On under the iCloud heading of your Settings app.

tip33 Restricting access

If you’re concerned about a potential thief disabling Find My iPhone, you can always restrict access to location settings in Settings>General>Restrictions.

tip44 Lock those downloads

To stop any unwanted or surprise purchases, you can disable App Store downloads and In–App Purchases in the Restrictions menu of Settings – it takes less than a minute to set up.

tip55 Where’s my IMEI?

Should your iPhone ever be stolen, you’ll need its IMEI number to block it with your carrier. You can get this by typing *#06# into your device’s Phone app.