You can rely on your iPhone to protect the data on your device. Built-in security mechanisms in iOS ensure that no one other than you has access to the data stored on your iPhone and in iCloud. Built-in privacy protections limit the amount of information about you accessible to anybody other than you. You can choose what information is shared and where it is shared. But….
The following habits should be followed to get the most out of the security and privacy capabilities built into the iPhone:
1. Create a secure passcode for your account.
Setting a passcode to unlock your iPhone is the single most critical thing you can do to keep your device safe and secure. See Creating a passcode on an iPhone for more information.
2. Make use of Face ID or Touch ID to log in.
In addition to unlocking your iPhone and authorizing purchases and payments, Face ID (on supported models) and Touch ID (on supported models) also give a safe and simple method to sign in to many third-party applications.
3. Turn on the Find My iPhone feature.
The Find My feature helps you locate your iPhone if it has been lost or stolen, and it also stops anybody else from activating or using your iPhone if it has been lost or stolen. See Add your iPhone to the Find My device list.
4. Maintain the security of your Apple ID.
Access to your data in iCloud and your account details for services like the App Store and Apple Music is granted via your Apple ID. Keeping your Apple ID secure on iPhone explains how to keep your Apple ID’s security as safe as possible.
5. Examine the privacy policies of the applications you use.
Before you download an app, be sure to read the terms and conditions regarding privacy. Visit the app’s product page in the App Store to see a developer-provided description of the app’s privacy policies, including information on the data collected and how it is used. See On the iPhone, you may download applications through the App Store.
6. Keep your email address a secret.
iCloud+ subscribers have the option of using Hide My Email to establish unique, random email addresses that forward to their emails. This eliminates the need to divulge your email address when filling out online forms or signing up for newsletters, saving them time and money. See Hide your email address in Safari on your iPhone for further information.
The user’s consent must be obtained before any app may follow you across several applications and websites controlled by other firms to target advertisements to you or share your information with a data broker. It is possible to adjust permissions after you have granted or denied permission to an app and prevent all applications from asking permission in the future.