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How to make your iPhone more private and secure

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For most of us, our iPhones are our constant companions, and we rely on them for practically everything, whether it's navigating from point A to point B or keeping us connected with other people (just to name a few uses). But have you ever considered how much private information is stored in your iPhone? Whether it’s your location, browsing history, or credit card information, chances are your iPhone contains crucial information that you don’t want freely accessible.

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What can you do to make your iPhone more secure?

Luckily, with a few tips, making your iPhone more private and secure is quick and easy. Wondering how to do it? We’ve got you covered.

Use an iPhone privacy screen

Have you ever pulled out your phone in a crowded place and felt wandering eyes searching your screen? If so, you aren’t alone! In public areas such as subways, malls, amusement parks, and even grocery stores, it’s easy for someone around you to catch a glimpse (or a long look) at your phone activity without your knowledge or consent. If this is something that bothers you, it might be time to invest in an iPhone privacy screen.

iPhone privacy screens are thin covers that you can apply to the surface of your iPhone screen to make it more difficult for other people to see what you’re doing on your phone. While your screen will look slightly darker to you, from another angle, it will be nearly impossible to see anything on the screen.

Use a lock screen

This may seem obvious, but using a lock screen is one of the best ways to keep your iPhone, and the information it contains, private. So be sure to set a 6-digit passcode and enable Face ID on your lock screen.

However, if you’d like to take your lock screen’s security to the next level, you should take some time to adjust the settings that control what information can be accessed from it. For example, Apple Wallet, returning missed calls, and sending text messages are lock screen options that can either be enabled or disabled from your iPhone’s settings.

Use a password generator

If you find yourself frequently reusing the same password, or even using passwords that are easy to guess, it might be time to think about using a password generator. Tools like the LastPass password generator can create, store, and manage complex and highly-secure passwords so you don’t have to worry about creating them yourself or even remembering them!

Turn off Find My iPhone

Another tip for keeping your iPhone more private is turning off Find My iPhone. You might not realize how many people can see your exact location–and it might alarm you to find out! This is why disabling Find My iPhone may be a good idea if you’d like to keep your whereabouts private. To do this, navigate to the Settings option on your iPhone and click on your name and picture at the top. Next, select Find My from the list of options, then click on Find My iPhone to turn it off.

Use a VPN

If you’d like to protect your private information and online activity from hackers, large corporations, and everyone else, using a VPN, or virtual private network, is a great security measure you can take. Simply log on to a trusted VPN, such as ExpressVPN, and your online activity will be kept private between you and the internet.

Turn off Siri Suggestions

Finally, turning off Siri Suggestions is an extra measure you can take to protect your privacy. Siri makes suggestions based on your previous interests and routines, and if you’d like to avoid the risk of other people nearby learning about your online activity, it’s probably a good idea to turn it off. To do this, simply navigate to Settings, find and select Siri & Search, and click on the apps that you’d like to disable it for.

Final thoughts

As useful as our iPhones are, they also present a huge security risk if we leave them unprotected. Luckily, with a few of these tips, improving your iPhone’s security is quick and easy.

And with Mulberry Unlimited, we can ensure our iPhones and other Apple products have the ultimate level of security. An extended warranty plan guarantees your most-needed devices are protected from accidents, damage, and whatever else might happen. Subscribing to Mulberry Unlimited gives you the ultimate peace of mind.

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Kim Miller

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Kim Miller is the Head of Consumer Marketing at Mulberry. She is passionate about building products and brands that make consumers happy, save them money and make their lives easier. Have an innovative idea for Mulberry you'd like to share? Give her a shout! She'd love to chat about anything from fintech and UX to gardening and antiquing.

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