Don’t forget that there is no point protecting your device’s security if you don’t protect the device itself!
The world has gone mad about security and quite rightly so. But with big corporations getting hacked and our addresses and credit card details exposed, it’s quite surprising how little interest some people take in the security that they actually do have control over. Poor online passwords, using the same login details across many websites, opening suspicious emails that potentially install a virus, thus exposing passwords – people must be aware that there are people out there looking to take advantages of you and your data.
This is why it is so important to make sure that any devices that you have on your person are as secure as they can be. If you get your bag snatched or you get mugged, a poorly protected device will put you at instant risk from the time it’s taken. Can you imagine the incredible panic you would be in from the time you’ve had your device taken until your bank and credit cards have been cancelled.
But what about all the online accounts you have for the various services. Someone may log onto your Amazon account, order anything and probably get it sent to another address, or even to your address but do you really want a £500 diamond ring!
Here we will look at Apple’s iPhone and iPad devices. Apple are pretty hot on security but it is still up to the individual to make sure they use it.
The newer devices have Touch ID which uses biometrics to recognise your fingerprint and unlock your device. A much easier, but still secure, method of unlocking your device but it should still not stop you from also setting up a decent passcode lock.
From iOS9 the 4 digit password has been replaced with a 6 digit one, although you can still choose to use a 4 digit numeric, a custom numeric or a custom alphanumeric code.
This can be set in Settings – Touch ID & Passcode (where you will need to enter your passcode) – Change Passcode, and will ask you for a 6 digit one or offer other options.
If you are using your fingerprint to unlock your device then you won’t be typing your passcode so often so you can make sure that your passcode is more complicated, so less easier to guess, but of course also less easy to remember so be careful!
If your device doesn’t have Touch ID, or you choose not to use it, then you must use a passcode. That said, for your own security, the Apple devices won’t store certain information on your phone if you don’t set a passcode.
So there you have it, don’t take security lightly or when your phone is stolen or lost it wont just be the value of your device that it costs you.