But seriously, Apple are actually taking steps to better secure the iPhone, this is driven by Apple's desire to impact the business smart phone market more, and better compete with the likes of Blackberry, who are the dominate force when it comes to business smart phone usage. Blackberry has been widely adopted by larger enterprises not only because their devices are easy to centrally manage, but because it comes with a whole raft of essential business security features, such as device level encryption and remote wipe functionality.
There are security settings and device usage methods you need to consider as a security conscious iPhone user, so here are my top iPhone Security tips; and they don’t require the purchase of any Apps either.
1. Always update your iPhone operating system software, known as the iOS, to the latest version. The iOS can be freely downloaded and applied to your iPhone via iTunes, ensure you check by syncing your iPhone at least monthly basis for new iOS updates. I do find some people very rarely sync their iPhones with iTunes, while others choose not download and install iOS updates.
There are a number of security vulnerabilities in past versions of the iPhone iOS which have since been resolved. Such as bypassing the iPhone’s Passlock security by opting to make an emergency call and typing in ### or using the main iPhone button to access a shortcut. Also there are additional security functions that are only available with the latest version of iPhone iOS.
2. Avoid connecting to Free WiFi Hotspots when you are out and about. You’ll probably have a 3G connectivity data access package anyway, so stick to this and using your own home WiFi. I find rogue WiFi access points often pose as legitimate looking wireless connections. I have found rogue WiFi access points using real Hotel names, Restaurant names and default WiFi Router names like Netgear and BTRouter, all in a bid to have you connect to them, or even worst have your device automatically connect. Connecting to a rogue WiFi access point may well give you the internet access you crave, but in turn it gives criminals (yes WiFi theft is a crime under UK law) access to everything you do while connected to the Internet, allowing the bad guys to steal your information, login into the same websites as you, including fully accessing your Facebook, Twitter and Email accounts. There is a solution to this issue, by using a VPN service to connect your iPhone securely to the Internet, I'll blog about this separately.
a. Tap on ‘Settings”, then Tap “General’
b. Ensure “Passcode Lock” is “On”, if not I strongly recommend you enable this feature. Next tap "Passcode Lock"
c. Now enter your passcode
h. Enable “Require Passcode” feature to a sensible timeframe. This feature automatically lock the iPhone after a set amount of time, requiring a correct passcode to unlock and use. My suggestion is to set this to 15 minutes, however if you don’t mind the inconvenience for higher security, you can set this to immediately come on or after 1 or 5 minutes of inactivity. I wouldn’t recommend setting it to 4 hours or ever turning it off, as it kills the protection the passcode provides.