It is usually no surprise, though a terrible thing to happen when someone accesses personal information like bank accounts or private photos from our Apple Smartphone, tablet or laptop. We are password foolish sometimes because the effort to remember them all can be daunting.
We also know that using a low-security password provides an easy entrance for those wanting to get at our secure information. Here are some easy steps to protect your iPhone and to keep the hackers out of your storage of personal info.
Apply Strong Passwords to Protect your iPhone:
Everyone should understand in this day and age that “password” is not a password. Neither is a series of numbers or a birth date. Hackers can guess variations on your iPhone access such as p@$$w0rd as well. The idea is to make it hard for them to even guess. Letters of both upper and lower case, several numbers and unique characters are always recommended. The safest passwords to protect your iPhone are at least eleven characters long.
We are now using passwords for nearly every site we visit and using the same password for every secure site is one of the biggest mistakes iPhone users can make. Once a hacker has decoded your password, they then have an open invitation to your bank account and PayPal balances. Of course, no one has the RAM in their heads to remember them all, therefore, using a password manager to help is best.
Password Managers for iPhone:
1Password has been a long used staple for iPhone users as it can store endless passwords and even creates the safest types of passwords. There is never a need for you to remember them to protect your iPhone as they’re safely encrypted and there is even a support feature for unlocking with Touch ID. With a quick upgrade to $9.99, iPhone users can access features to store accounts, passport, driver’s license and more.
Many major services now offer two-step verification process, and it’s not only a great way to protect your iPhone stored information, but lets users know if someone else is trying to access their information. 1Password uses the process, as does Google Authenticator. It takes a bit more time, but codes or tokens can be sent SMS to the iPhone so it really just requires a quick tap to let the service know it’s really you.