IT FEELS like phone hacking is at an all-time high lately — here's how to protect your iPhone using iOS' internal settings.
Apple has stressed the importance of "privacy" on their devices since the first iPhone came out in 2007, calling it one of its core values and a "fundamental human right."
For this reason, the tech giant has included numerous free privacy features on every iPhone that are both easy to access and use.
"We design Apple products to protect your privacy and give you control over your information, it’s not always easy, but that’s the kind of innovation we believe in," the manufacturer said in a company statement.
Here are five privacy features on the iPhone's internal settings you need to utilize ASAP.
Set a strong password
While this privacy setting might seem like common sense, you would be surprised at how many people don't set a passcode for their iPhones.
Apple considers the passcode feature "the most important," hence why whenever someone turns on a brand new iPhone it's one of the first settings the phone prompts you to set up.
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Depending on your iPhone model, there are three types of passcodes you can set up: a numerical code, Tap Touch ID, and/or Face ID.
On an iPhone with Face ID: Tap Settings > Face ID & Passcode.
On an iPhone with a Home button: Tap Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Turn Passcode On, or Change Passcode.
To view options for creating a password, tap Passcode Options.
Turn on Find My iPhone
This service was arguably one of the most innovative to launch from any smartphone manufacturer when it came out in 2010.
Find My iPhone not only helps you locate your iPhone if it’s lost or stolen but also prevents anyone from activating or using it.
To turn this feature on, go to Settings > Find My [device]
To see your device even when it's offline, turn on Find My network.
If you wish for friends or family to know where you are, you can also turn on Share My Location.
Let iPhone create strong passwords for you
Apple has a built-in feature on every iPhone that allows your device to create strong passwords for you that you don't have to remember.
People often recycle passwords, making it easier for hackers to get ahold of your accounts, therefore this feature is especially helpful for keeping your online services safe.
This feature typically pop-ups on its own whenever you create a new account on an app or website, all you have to do is tap on Choose the Suggested Password after it automatically generates one for you.
Hide your personal email address
This service is a part of the iCloud+ subscription, however, it might be worth purchasing.
Hide My Email allows you to create unique, random email addresses that forward to your personal email account, allowing you to keep your personal email address hidden from third-party data trackers and hackers.
Control app tracking
This is one of the newer features Apple launched and lets you control which apps can track your information.
Simply go to Settings > Privacy > Tracking and then individually toggle on or off for each of the apps on the list that have requested to track your activity.
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