I’ve been testing all iPhones for 16 years. These are the top 3 security tips I give to keep you as safe as possible

He took 16 years with iPhone, I tried all models of each generation and saw the development of the device in many ways. From analyzing the original iPhone to the details of the latest iPhone 14 Pro model, I’ve seen the evolution of practically every one of its features – and perhaps the most important of these is the Security.

I don’t care, the first iPhone I remember didn’t even have a lock code, or even had a lock code it was a very simple one. With the arrival of the iPhone 5s and the first generation of TouchID, I understood the need protect a device that every day more information and personal data is stored. Maybe I treated the first iPhones like one continuation of the traditional mobile phone, but you can do a lot more with them – especially considering that we access our bank accounts, pay with virtual cards or store photos of our family.

Apple has also improved iPhone security over the years, handing control of its data over to its true owner: the user. There are many configuration options to protect us from unauthorized access, but after 16 years of testing iPhonesI always recommend three. There’s a lot more, since fortunately iOS offers us a large number of options, but these three are essential for me.

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Change your unlock code to an alphanumeric one

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  • Settings / Face ID & Passcode / Change Passcode / Passcode Options / Custom alphanumeric passcode

This is basic, and if you’re reading this and haven’t configured it that way, please change it immediately. It’s about replacing the traditional four or six-digit iPhone unlock code with a personalized alphanumeric code.

This allows you to use a multi-word code by mixing letters and numbers, which not only makes it harder for a password generator to guess in case someone tries to access your phone. It is also harder to read when someone secretly looks at us in the subway, in the restaurant or wherever – and later wants to steal our iPhone.

It must be clear that the iPhone lock PIN is a critical password for our security as it grants access to many private parts of our content. is significant keep it as complex as possiblebut easy to remember. I recommend you pick a random phrase or set of words and change it up from time to time. I have also marked in dashed lines parameters that need to be activated so that FaceID cannot be used without our full attention.

Use iCloud second factor authentication

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  • Settings / Passwords / (You are looking for the account you want to configure) / Set confirmation code

A few weeks ago that Friend Elon Musk decided that the Second factor authentication on Twitter via SMS could only be used by paying Twitter Blue subscribers. We have already told you how to actually solve this in a safer way and without paying and he put the use of on the table authentication apps second factor – they give us a second key to access various services. This is an extra security measure so that anyone who only has our password cannot impersonate us.

There are many apps from Google, Microsoft and other companies that offer us this service, but they are a problem when we change our phone and we have to migrate all these accounts to the new one – since they have to be reconfigured. Use the instead iCloud password keychain – something that very few people use for it.

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To complete the configuration of two-factor authentication, use the code generated by the keychain in the service after using the QR or the code it provides

Second factor verification codes in iCloud are not only convenient, they don’t need to be migrated between devices as they are securely stored in our account

All you have to do is enter the iCloud Keychain account you want to configure and click Set Verification Code. With the QR code or the codes provided by the official page of the service you want to configure, it will be added to your keychain so it’s always there when you need it. Not only is it convenient, it’s stored securely in your iCloud account, and if you switch phones, it’s on your new one too.

Almost all current services allow this type of configuration. In this example I set it Second factor authentication of my Mastodon account, with iCloud keychain. It’s very fast, we don’t need any other apps to manage this and we always have it at hand (even from our Mac if we access with our account).

Set up emergency account recovery

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  • (We enter our iCloud account in the settings) / Password and Security / Account Recovery

It’s curious why this option is so little known among iPhone owners. It’s about the Account Recovery Settings, which is not enabled or configured by default and is not mentioned in the phone’s greeting. Originally it helps us when we forget the password or device passcode, but it would also allow us to recover an account if we lose access to it.

Setting up an additional method to recover our account is essential in case we lose access one day

When we enter this option, we can use two possibilities: one is Set up a trusted recovery contact. This does not give you access to our data, but instead uses our contact’s device to offer us an emergency recovery code to recover the data.

The other option is the recovery key. It is about one 28 digit code that would allow us to recover the account in case we lose access. This code should be kept in a safe place and would be an exceptional measure in case you are unable to access our iPhone in any other way.

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