Almost every person will probably agree that Apple is the best manufacturer of our favorite products – iPhones, iPad, Macbook and other gadgets. One of their pride is the high standard they have set for iPhone users’ privacy and security on data. Every device including iPhone has an incredible security feature carried by their iOS security that Apple marketing claims as to be “unhackable.”
However, we can’t be 100% sure that all iPhones are protected from hackers.
It is not a lie that iPhones are one of the most difficult devices to hack but some people are just skillful enough to find creative ways and steal sensitive information from the users.
Hacking is a serious case. It happens when someone gains access to your private information without your consent. You should be cautious and know how a hacker can still access your iPhone even if it is built with an excellent security system.
How does hacking occur on the iPhone?
Is it really possible for an iPhone to get hacked? For the second time, the answer is yes. All types of digital technology are technically hackable, but how does it happen? Most hackers do not really attack the operating system. It is the user whom they prey on. People tend to click sketchy links on their mobile phones which eventually open a gate for hackers to enter. To name a few, here are some methods hackers use to make a cybercrime.
Through Public WiFi Networks
Public WiFi connection is a bridge for hackers to access your iPhone. Through this, they find an easy way into your iPhone and send sketchy links to ask for personal information using over a hundred pages of terms and conditions. Regular spots for hackers to take advantage of are in the: Airpots, Hotels/Motels, and Cafes or Bars.
These places usually have WiFi connections that upon entering, several sketchy pop-ups enter on your iPhone’s screen as well. If you encounter a WiFi network that asks for personal information, be extra vigilant because it may be a sign that the network is operated by a third party.
Sketchy Links and Spam Messages
You probably went through this already. Sketchy Emails, Text Messages, Spam Calls, and Web ads, are the most well-known techniques hackers use to take charge on someone else’s account or device. While we are trained to not entertain such sketchy links, hackers nowadays evolve into something more manipulative.
Talented phishers can probably do an impersonation of certified account providers such as Amazon, Apple, or Google, informing you to change your password or username. Therefore, you should be extra careful with emails you get and with the web ads that appear on your phone’s screen.
Suspicious Software Applications
Hackers don’t easily quit. If they can’t get you through Public WiFi networks nor sketchy URLs, they will also [ave world of digital platforms or apps to spy on you. Creepy right? Don’t worry they cannot simply use apps that have cultured their way into our society such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
Applications that are simple and frequently offer “free” stuff and features are the preferred targets of malware and spyware. Even so, you still need to be careful in using apps from high-rated developers because some may still find their way through them and deceive the users. Here are the three signs that the app you use may have a third party operator that has been hacking your iPhone:
- Check for overheating or intense power/battery draw – the particular app you use when your iPhone overheats might be performing suspicious tasks other than its main purpose.
- There are certain apps that ask unnecessary permission on your iPhone settings even though you will not use that part of your software. For example, a fitness app asking for permission for your camera and mic.
- Observe if there is a strange behavior on your iPhone. Notice its usability and software interface.
Protect your iPhone by following this Simple Guide!
Fight over fret. Don’t let hackers win over you and start making precautions to secure your iPhone! Here are simple tips that you can use to protect your iPhone and utilize its high quality security system.
Maximize your iOS Security Settings
The default system settings of your iPhone should be updated from time to time. Here are ways you can modify them to maximize its protection feature.
- Carefully choose your home screen widgets. As you know, the recent updates of iOS includes accessible home screen widgets without passcode or face ID. You can edit the featured widgets or remove them all in case your iPhone got lost.
- Set up a stronger passcode, anything that won’t really connect to you for more difficulty to decipher.
- Set up a two-factor authentication on your iCloud account.
- Be aware of location tracking on your apps. Disable your location from time to time because almost all your apps will have access to where you have been.
- Active Find My iPhone to remotely delete your iPhone’s files when a hacker gets a hold on it.
Install VPN and Ad-blocking Protection Software
VPN is said to be an excellent method to protect your iPhone data. Just be mindful of which VPN you use by making sure it is reliable. There are some antivirus softwares you can purchase and install to protect your phone data from malware or spyware.
Be smart about what you upload on your iCloud Drive
The iCloud Drive is a huge help in minimizing the storage in our iPhones. However, it is possible for a hacker to access your iCloud account and obtain control of your private photos. To avoid this, you can turn off the Photo Sharing or Disable Image Backups. Moreover, you should modify your iCloud password from time to time so that your account is more difficult to hack.