Thursday, July 8, 2010

5 Tricks for Keeping Your iPhone Safe

Iphone is one of our necessities these days. We use it for the whole day. As we neglect caring about Iphone.Keeping your data safe should be a top priority these days, with so many different security threats. And people often think of viruses and hackers attacking their computer data, but it doesn’t occur to them that something bad could happen to their smartphone as well. And since smartphones are still relatively new technology, there is lots of potential for new and unheard of threats in the future. With the recent news of the Apple App Store being hacked, we decided we’d offer a few common sense tips for protecting yourself and your iPhone data.

  • Back up your data
  • Almost everyone has experienced a computer crashing in their lifetime and wished they’d put those pictures or a documents on a disc or an external hard drive. Did you know you could lose your smartphone data, too, or even have it hacked? Backing up your smartphone data is an important way to keep yourself secure.
  • Reset your phone.
  • Desperate times call for desperate measures, but you know if it comes down to it, you can always reset your phone to factory settings. This is great for when you’ve found that you have downloaded a harmful app or you’re carrying harmful data. Sure, this may not always be enough but it’s just like owning a PC. When all else fails, sometimes you just have to reinstall Windows.
  • Use data encryption apps.
  • As mentioned, backing up your data is a great idea, but encrypting it works as well. There are several apps and programs in the App Store that help you keep things secure, many of which do encrypt your data. But also as mentioned, only use reputable programs. Just because something says it will keep your information secure, doesn’t mean you should trust it. Read what other consumers have to say about the product.
  • Use only reputable iPhone apps
  • When you visit the App Store, check out the reviews and ratings. If you see an app that doesn’t have favorable reviews or even worse, doesn’t have any reviews, you’re probably not going to want to purchase that one. Generally, an app is secure but there is always the potential for a hacker to find his way through if you aren’t using apps from the top developers. If you still aren’t sure, check out the app-maker’s website. And just because it’s in the App Store, doesn’t mean it’s trustworthy. Sure, Apple goes to great lengths to check into apps but as we saw this week, that doesn’t always mean anything.
  • Keep up with the news.
  • If you’re reading your favorite news website and don’t usually check the technology section, go ahead and do so. It only takes a few minutes. Be aware of any new security threats or even new ways to protect yourself. If you walk by your TV and the anchorman is discussing some sort of security problem, stop and listen. Be aware of what’s going on in the world of technology. Even if the problem doesn’t directly relate to your iPhone, pay attention anyway because as security threats advance, it could end up being a problem for you in the future, and will also help you make informed decisions.

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