iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are just a few weeks old with rich features of iOS 10. The latest iPhones are now available in retail markets with high demand. After the FBI v Apple case-in-court, Apple has a keen focus on its security features and products to dig out from the dilemma of the case, and it is successful in doing so.
Like any new device and new operating system, iPhone 7/7 Plus and iOS 10 is bound to flaws, and it has a long road ahead of it to make a robust and perfect operating system. Middle in this, your information is lying in your iPhone waiting to be encrypted and secured, to ensure your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus security, you need to up your sleeve and dive into the flood of rich features of iOS 10. You can setup iPhone 7 or 7 Plus security options by following some simple steps.
How to Encrypt your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus
How to Enable Passcode on iPhone 7 or 7 Plus
Since its inception, iPhone has placed a passcode mechanism to encrypt your iPhone and iPad devices. An unlocked iPhone device can be accessed physically by other people who can manipulate your data. Apple offers phone lock features in two modes: PIN password and Fingerprint. To setup a PIN follow these steps:
Step #1. Head to your iPhone “Settings.”
Step #2. Scroll to the option “Touch ID & Passcode.”
Step #3. Choose “Turn Passcode On” option.
Step #4. Put in a six-digit PIN, or select passcode options to choose a four-digit pin entry.
Step #5. Put in your passcode once again to confirm it.
Tip: It is recommended to choose a six-digit PIN entry because larger passcodes tend to have most possible combinations.
How to Enable Touch ID on iPhone 7 or 7 Plus
Touch ID is a new feature of iOS 10. You can enable this option to avoid entering your passcodes in each turn with a biometric finger touch. To enable this feature in iOS, you must have PassCode turned ON. To access this feature:
Step #1. Make your home button clean and your fingers completely dry.
Step #2. Head to your iPhone Settings → Touch ID & Passcodes, enter your PIN upon prompt.
Step #3. Grab your device in your usual way to press the home button, then tap on the option “Add a fingerprint.”
Step #4. Lightly touch the home button with a thumb or finger – but make sure not to press it. Raise your finger upon prompt or vibration.
Step #5. Slowly keep on lifting and resting your finger on the screen, making adjustments to the finger position on each touch.
Step #6. After favorable adjustment, the next window asks you to adjust your finger edges. Grab your device in a usual way, and hit the home button with the fingertip edges this time.
Step #7. If you are unable to setup Touch ID with your finger, repeat the process with your other fingers.
Tip: It is recommended not to use your Touch ID to unlock your phone if you are worried about law enforcement agencies.
Other Tips: You can enable these options with your Touch ID and Passcode.
- Set your iPhone device to automatic lock, Go to Settings option → Display & Brightness → Adjust auto-time lock to your need, but it is NOT recommended to set it on “Never” field.
- Also, for added security, you can enable “Erase Data.” Head to Settings options → Touch ID & Passcodes option → Choose Erase Data and select Enable when prompt. The field is set to 10 wrong-tries, upon wrong entries the data wipes out from your iPhone device.
2-Factor Authentication method
Hackers main target is to get access to Apple IDs of iPhones. You can enable 2-factor authentication and link it your phone number and trusted network of devices. It prompts you whenever someone tries to access your account. To access this feature:
Step #1. Head to iPhone Settings option → iCloud → Choose your Apple ID.
Step #2. Go to the Password & Security within the Apple ID option.
Step #3. Choose the option “Turn On Two-Factor Password Authentication.”
Tips: You should note down or remember these things while enabling the 2-factor authentication method.
- Password to your Apple ID.
- Update your trusted devices.
- Enable passcode or Touch ID of your devices.
- Physically protect your mobile devices.
It is recommended to perform password-protected backups of your device each time on your iCloud because of the weak security of backup feature of iOS 9 & 10. You can also create a backup on your computer with iTunes access.
Find My iPhone
Find My iPhone comes enabled by default on your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus devices. You can check this feature by navigating to the iPhone Settings option → iCloud option → Choose Find My iPhone.
Tips: You can also turn on “Send Last Location.” This option allows your iPhone device to send GPS location to Apple whenever your device shuts down.
Location Information Settings
You can choose to limit location information requests from the application on your iPhone device. The applications can track your location for targeted ads. You can change location information settings from navigating to Settings menu → Privacy option → Location Services option → Choose which apps to disable.
Tips: You can also limit the apps likes Calendar, Maps, and other iPhone apps. You can disable location information by going into Location Services option → System Services option → Disable Frequent Location option if you want to limit your iPhone in sharing location information; and to clear history data, select “Clear History” from this menu.
Limit Third-Party Applications From Tracking
Apple has a sophisticated way of limiting Ad Tracking. You can limit ad tracking in your iPhone by navigating into Settings option → Privacy option → Advertising option. Tap onto “Limit Ad Tracking” and set it to enabled upon prompt. Tap on the option “Reset The Identifier” to reset it to 0.
Tips: You can also limit the information Apple uses to perform ads tracking. Choose “View Ad Information” option in Advertising head. Use can also use incognito mode of your Safari browser to hide your location information.
Limited Data Access
Unlocked iPhone is a doorway to your messages history; people can access your device to manipulate your personal content. You can set your iPhone device to self-destruct messages after a fixed period. You can enable this feature by navigating to Settings option → Messages option → Keep Messages option (Maximum time limit is a 30-day period). Similarly, you can limit your audio messages in the same way (Self-destroy after 2 minutes).
Use a VPN
VPN can give you most of the benefits of privacy, security, and anonymity. It hides your online activities, and your applications traffic by encrypting your device. You can also bypass geo-restrictions to access blocked by using some most secure VPN services. You find some of the iPhone VPN apps available for download on Apple store.
Set limits on Lock Screen Notifications
One of the new feature for all and frustrating for some in iOS 10 is the Lock Screen widget interaction and notification. The notification pop up on your lock screen and show your widget and conversation previews. Thankfully, You can set a limit to previews on your lock screen. You can manually change the settings by navigating into the Settings option → Touch ID & Passcode option → Manually disable apps to limit previews.
- Disable previews for messaging and email apps to ensure privacy.
- Remove Home Control widget from iPhone lock screen.
- Disable the option Raise-To-Wake (iPhone Settings → Display & Brightness)
- Some widget options are not available in Touch ID & Passcode option; To edit them: Press the Home Button and on your Home or Lock Screen, Swipe your finger down to show notification center. Swipe right to access widgets window, scroll down until you see “Edit” option to customize your widgets. However, you can only access this option by entering your PIN.