Keep Data Safe on iPhone/iPad

Data Security: Tools

 By Steve Morgan
Keep Data Safe on iPhone/iPad
Apple's iPhone and iPad all run under the iOS system, which is pretty secure. But hackers and cybercriminals never ignore any chance or flaw to attach an iOS device. You are the owner of your iPhone and private data on your iPhone, so it's your job to keep them safe, although iOS provides an excellent security framework.

Here we summarize some tips to maximize the iOS security features for those concerned about the safety of sensitive information, from contact lists to photos and videos.

1. Update Software
Any software may have flaws or defects, especially in new features. Hackers are always trying to find them in iOS coding to exploit, potentially accessing user data.

As the primary security protection, Apple works hard to figure out these flaws and patch them as soon as possible. It is why you get notifications to update iOS from time to time, which is the critical way of combatting the exploits.

Therefore, you should ensure your iOS is the latest version and shouldn't miss any release, even if the minor updates. When a new iOS update is ready, you need to confirm the update before it is installed. To update to the latest version of iOS, go as follows:

Settings > General > Software Update. Here you can see that you're already running the latest version or need to install something newer.

Windows 10 Update SettingSome iOS updates are particular to fix security flaws. For example, iOS 13.1.3 was rushed out to fix the issues and security flaws in iOS 13.0. So, for your privacy in iPhone, never miss any iOS update.

2. Password and Password Management
Password is the key to open your iPhone and get everything stored in it. You may know some hacker tools can crack simple iPhone and iPad passwords quickly. Typically, a four-digit password needs a couple of hours, and a six-digit one needs a few days.

You may think iOS can delay and lock the device to stop anyone from brute-forcing or guessing your password. Yes, Apple does its best against cracking user credentials. But hackers stand on the other side; they think such a thing should be possible. So, create a complicated password is a severe task to protect your iPhone:
  • Choose a code longer than six digits. Hack an eight-digit pin needs months, and a ten-digit pin needs a decade;
  • Use a code that includes numbers, letters, and symbols. It should make your iPhone a lot harder to break.
Even if your iPhone is secured by Face ID or fingerprint, it can still be unlocked with your password. So never set it as 1-2-3-4, which will cause big trouble for your privacy.

Steps to set the password:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Touch/Face ID & Passcode
  3. Enter your Passcode
  4. Tap on Change Passcode
  5. Enter your Passcode
  6. Tap Passcode Options
  7. Enter new code and verify it
Password plays a pivotal role in keeping personal information secure in iPhone and other computers or smart devices. A password manager can make life a great deal easier, which helps you use one password to access the manager and then takes care of all the rest.

Apple offers a password manager iCloud Keychain that is integrated with both iOS and macOS. Your iPhone can use it to up security levels. If your devices aren't only from Apple, you can also choose third parties' password managers. Your iPhone can work together will mainstream ones.

3. Auto-Wipe Data
If your iPhone indeed has sensitive data, there is an option to destroy them when someone wants to crack your password. The idea is that after ten incorrect logins, the iPhone will automatically wipe all content. In case any hacker gets your iPhone, it will be useless unless he hits its password in 10 tryings.

The steps are as follows:

Settings > Touch/Face ID & Passcode, enter your passcode, scroll to the bottom and toggle on Erase Data.

Windows 10 Update SettingThis feature will wipe data from your iPhone after ten times of the wrong password. If you accidentally activate the feature, your data will be gone too. So if you enable the option, you should back up your iPhone's data if you sometimes need them to re-load. The iCloud is the right place to automatic backup.

4. Revoke App Permissions
If you install apps on your iPhone, it will bring up new security issues. If your app is from Apple Store, you can trust that the Store already did a security analysis. However, you should know what data (like contact and email) or resources (like camera and microphone) it will access and grant it permissions accordingly.

You can control if an app can access your data and use your resources by iOS. It means an app may be able to access your private information under your permission. Although Apple's privacy policy says that any apps found collecting personally identifiable information will be removed, we know hackers will take the chance.

So, if an app abuses your data, there is no matter with the iPhone. It's why you should revoke unused permissions per app and be very careful to handle every installed app.

Now Apple has made it harder for apps to gather personal data without your knowledge. Some new concerns are as follows:
  • Choices to sharing your location: Allow continuous location access
  • Location Reminder Alert with a map
  • Use Bluetooth
  • WiFi tracking: apps could track your location by looking for WiFi networks
  • Get information stored in the notes section of contacts
If you feel that you've installed an app that you don't trust with full confidence, you can either delete it or go to

Settings > Privacy , select the permission to revoke and toggle the application off.

Windows 10 Update Setting

5. 2021 iPhone/iPad Security Software
Both the iPhone and iPad run based on iOS, which is a very safe system. However, we can still see a few security risks from time to time in some use cases. For example, public Wi-Fi is a well-known security issue for mobile users. It's why some third parties are trying to offer software or service to improve iPhone/iPad users' security situations. We list some of them to help you get the right choice to enhance your iPhone or iPad's security level.

ProducerNameAreaFree
McAfee, LLC.
USA
Mcafee Total ProtectionAntivirus
Password
VPN Service
Internet Security
File Security
Parental Control
Detail
Mcafee Mobile SecurityInternet Security
Privacy Security
Antivirus
Detail
Mcafee Safe Connect VPNVPN Service
Detail
Mcafee Safe FamilyParental Control
Detail
Mcafee Identity Theft ProtectionPrivacy Security
Detail
NortonLifeLock Inc.
USA
Norton 360 AntiVirusAntivirus
Data Backup
Internet Security
Password
Parental Control
VPN Service
Detail
Norton Mobile SecurityInternet Security
VPN Service
Antivirus
Detail
Norton Secure VPNVPN Service
Detail
Norton Password ManagerPassword
Detail
Norton FamilyParental Control
Detail
BitDefender, LLC.
Romania
Bitdefender SecurityInternet Security
Password
VPN Service
File Security
Parental Control
Detail
Bitdefender Mobile SecurityInternet Security
Privacy Security
Detail
Bitdefender Premium VPNVPN Service
Detail
F-Secure Cyber Security Limited
UK
F-Secure SecurityInternet Security
Password
VPN Service
Parental Control
Detail
F-Secure Id ProtectionPassword
Privacy Security
Detail
Nord Inc.
Panama
NordVPNVPN Service
Password
Detail
NordPass Password ManagerPassword
Privacy Security
Detail
Webroot Inc.
USA
Webroot SecureAnywhereAntivirus
Internet Security
Password
Data Backup
Detail
Webroot WiFi SecurityVPN Service
Detail
Kaspersky Lab
Russia
Kaspersky Anti Virus & SecurityAntivirus
Internet Security
Password
Data Backup
Privacy Security
Parental Control
Detail
Kaspersky Safe KidsParental Control
Detail
TotalAV Software
UK
Total SecurityAntivirus
Internet Security
VPN Service
Detail
Avira Operations
Germany
Avira Antivirus ProAntivirus
Internet Security
VPN Service
Detail
K7 Computing Pvt Ltd.
India
K7 Antivirus & SecuirtyAntivirus
Internet Security
Parental Control
Detail
Avast Software
Czech
Avast Antivirus & SecurityAntivirus
Internet Security
Detail
Sophos Ltd.
UK
Sophos HomeAntivirus
Internet Security
Detail
Trend Micro Inc.
Japan
Trend SecurityInternet Security
Password
VPN Service
Parental Control
Detail
Aura
USA
Hotspot ShieldVPN Service
Password
Privacy Security
Detail
CyberGhost
Romania
CyberGhost VPNVPN Service
Detail
Express VPN International Ltd
UK
ExpressVPNVPN Service
Detail
Surfshark Ltd.
UK
Surfshark VPNVPN Service
Detail
Dashlane Inc.
USA
Dashlane Password ManagerPassword
Privacy Security
Detail
AgileBits, Inc.
Canada
1Password Password ManagerPassword
File Security
VPN Service
Detail
Keeper Security, Inc.
USA
Keeper Password ManagerPassword
File Security
Privacy Security
Detail
LogMeIn,Inc.
USA
LastPass Password ManagerPassword
File Security
Privacy Security
Detail
Bitwarden, Inc.
USA
Bitwarden Password ManagerPassword
File Security
Detail
Siber Systems, Inc.
USA
RoboForm Password ManagerPassword
File Security
Detail
Pervasive Group Inc.
USA
MMGuardia Parental ControlParental Control
Detail
Qustodio LLC.
Spain
Qustodio Family PremiumParental Control
Detail
Content Watch Holdings, Inc.
USA
Net Nanny Family PassParental Control
Detail
Mobicip LLC.
USA
Mobicip FamilyParental Control
Detail
Google LLC
USA
Google DriveData Backup
Detail
Microsoft Corporation
USA
Microsoft OneDriveData Backup
Detail
Apple Inc.
USA
Apple iCloud DriveData Backup
Detail
IDrive Inc.
USA
iDriveData Backup
Detail
Dropbox, Inc.
USA
Dropbox IndividualData Backup
Detail
Acronis International GmbH
Singapore Switzerland
Acronis True ImageData Backup
Detail
Western Digital Corporation
USA
My Cloud HomeData Backup
Detail
Aiseesoft Studio
China
FoneLab iPhone Data RecoveryFile Security
Detail


6. Free iPhone/iPad Security Software
Comparing with your privacy and personal data, the payment to protect them isn't too much. If you are serious about them, free or not free shouldn't be a big issue. However, if you aren't familiar with third parties' iPhone/iPad security software or service, the free is an easy option to understand and evaluate how these tools or services work for your iPhone or iPad.

Here we list some popular ones to help you to learn common iPhone/iPad security software or services.

6.1 Free Internet Security Suite for iPhone/iPad
Sophos Home
(1)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreePremiumDevice
AntivirusFull list
Safe webFull list
Web ProtectionFull list
Remote ControlFull list
Anti identity theftFull list
Realtime anti-phishingFull list
Avast Antivirus & Security
(2)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFree AntivirusPremlum SecurityPremlum SecurityDevice
AntivirusFull list
Scan Wi-FiFull list
Ransomware securityFull list
Secure ShoppingFull list
File ShredderFull list
Safe webFull list
Scan emailFull list
Firewall to internetFull list
Mcafee Mobile Security
(3)
DEVICE:
 iOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureStarterStandrdPlusDevice
Security ScaniOS Android
Privacy checkAndroid
Protect device from thievesiOS Android
Backup contactsiOS
Media vaultiOS
Backup mediaAndroid
Safe webiOS Android
Wi-Fi VPNiOS Android


6.2 Free Privacy VPN for iPhone/iPad
Mcafee Safe Connect VPN
(1)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreeMonthlyYearlyDeviceNote
Secure VPNFull list250M per month
Secure VPNFull list5 licenses
Unlimited dataFull list
Hotspot Shield
(2)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroidChromeBookLinux
Detail Info
FeatureFreePremiumPremium FamilyDeviceNote
Secure VPNWindows Mac iOS Android ChromeUp to 2 Mbps,500 MB daily
Secure VPNFull listup to 1 Gbps,unlimited traffic
Streaming accessFull list
Virtual locationsFull list
Realtime anti-phishingFull list
Password managerFull listby 1Password
Monitor privacy breachFull list


8.3 Free Parental Control for for iPhone/iPad
Norton Family
(1)
DEVICE:
 WindowsiOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreeYearlyDevice
Safe web browsingFull list
Limit device timeFull list
Monitor user activityFull list
Search supervisionFull list
Video SupervisionFull list
Mobile App SupervisionAndroid
Location SupervisionAndroid
Remote ControliOS Android
Mcafee Safe Family
(2)
DEVICE:
 WindowsiOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreeMonthlyYearlyDevice
Safe web browsingFull list
Monitor user activityFull list
Limit device timeFull list
Kaspersky Safe Kids
(3)
DEVICE:
 WindowsMaciOSAndroid
Detail Info
FeatureFreePremiumDevice
Safe web browsingFull list
Content filterFull list
YouTube monitorFull list
Mobile App SupervisionFull list
Limit device timeFull list
Family LocatoriOS Android
Social network monitorFull list