Tips of Your iPod Touch or iOS Device Security

ipod-touch-1These days, iPhone security isn’t a topic too many end users are thinking a lot about. At least not beyond making sure that they keep an eye on their phone so no one pinches it. This generally makes sense. After all, there haven’t been any well-publicized incidents of iPhone hacking, iPhone viruses, or other security incidents. Yet.

As the iPhone and iPod touch become more widely used and more powerful mobile computing platforms, expect iPhone security to become a bigger deal.

For those interested in iPhone security in these relatively safe times, here are some tips:

Use a Passcode Lock

This tip works on the iPhone and iPod touch. It prevents unauthorized users from unlocking your device and reading its data or using its services with a four-digit code. Set your code by going to:

Home Screen -> Settings -> General -> Passcode Lock

Enter a four-digit code of your choice to keep out prying eyes. If you forget the code, though, you’re likely looking at a full deletion of data on the phone and restoring from backup.

In iOS 4, your Passcode Lock options get more complex. You can now:

  • Set the phone to Require Passcode on different intervals (minutes, hours, etc.). Shorter intervals are more secure.
  • Create a more complex password (as opposed to just four digits) by moving the Simple Passcode slider to off
  • Automatically erase all of the phone’s data when the passcode, either the simple or more complex version, is incorrectly entered 10 times.

The only security that a passcode provides is that it makes it hard to access the phone. Passcodes don’t provide any encryption of data.

Passcode Lock with Siri

On the iPhone 4S and newer, you can access Siri from the lock screen just by holding down the home button. This is a sort of security vulnerability, since it allows someone to access some elements of your phone even if it has a passcode on it. But you can turn this off and enable Siri only when a phone is unlocked. To do this, go to the Passcode screen and move the Siri slider to Off.

Encrypt Backups

Speaking of backups, you can also secure them – and the data on your iPhone or iPod touch, both need to be running OS 3.0 – by encrypting the backups on your computer. This will prevent someone who doesn’t know your password from getting access to your data by using your computer.

Do this in iTunes when you sync your iPhone or iPod touch. On the main sync page, in the Options section below the picture of your device, you’ll see a checkbox called “Encrypt iPhone backup” or “Encrypt iPod backup”.

Click that box and set a password for the backup. Now, if you want to restore from that backup, you’ll need to know the password. Otherwise, no getting at that data.

Remote Wipe Using Find My iPhone

ipod-touch-2With the introduction of iOS 4.2, many devices running that operating system now give you the ability to remotely destroy a stolen iPhone before the thief can take advantage of your data.

This requires that the iPhone be on and set up to use the Find My iPhone service. If those conditions are met, though, you can use Find My iPhone to locate the phone and then perform a remote wipe of the data on the phone. (Related: Do you need the Find My iPhone app to use Find My iPhone?)

This won’t affect the backup of your data on your computer, but will stop a thief from getting into your life.

There are also third-party apps that can help you track, locate, and recover a lost or stolen iPhone.

iPhone Apps and iPod touch Apps

There aren’t a lot of apps that will improve your iPod touch or iPhone security right now. Expect that to change, though.

As iPhone security becomes a bigger issue, expect to see things like VPN clients, antivirus suites, and maybe even firewalls for the iPhone or iPod touch.

It’s also important to note that some tools available at the App Store that appear to perform heavy-duty security functions – like fingerprint or eye scans – don’t actually perform those tests. Instead, they use another security protocol that they disguise by appearing to perform those scans. Before you buy security apps at the App Store, make sure you’re clear on what the app does and doesn’t do.

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Tips and Tricks for Using iPhoen 5C/iPhone 5S

Apple’s new iPhones are finally here. The $99 iPhone 5C and top-of-the-line iPhone 5S go on sale today. The phones, along with Apple’s new iOS 7 operating system for mobile devices, are packed with new features, although not of all them are readily apparent.

Here are five things to know if you download the software on one of Apple’s older mobile devices or buy a new iPhone starting Friday. The operating system update is available for free for the iPhone 4, 4S and 5 models, the iPad 2 and later, the iPad Mini and the iPod Touch released last year. You’ll need about 3 gigabytes of free storage.

Tips 1: Control Center and Swipes

tips-and-tricks-for-using-iphone-1Many of the improvements added to iOS 7 are delivered after swiping from various edges of the screen. This redesign is meant to make it easier to navigate, but there is no guide for knowing when and how to swipe. Fortunately, you can still use an iPhone the traditional way, by tapping on an icon or button, even if you don’t learn all the new ways to swipe.

As a general rule of thumb, keep swiping from various edges to see what happens. If you discover something neat, remember it for next time. Swiping may produce different results if you’re in the lock screen, the home screen or an app.

Here’s a guide to the basic swipes:

– From the lock screen, swipe up from the bottom right corner to access the camera. This is a holdover from iOS 6.

– Whether locked or unlocked, swipe up from anywhere else along the bottom edge to get the Control Center. It gives you easy access to frequently accessed settings such as Airplane Mode and Wi-Fi. It also gets you to key apps such as the flashlight feature and the clock. There’s a volume control, but only for audio and video playback. You need the volume buttons for the ringer and alerts.

– Swipe down from the top edge to get the Notification Center. You’ll see the day’s highlights, including the weather, appointments and stock quotes. Tap on “All” or “Missed” near the top to get recent notifications from Gmail, Facebook and other services.

– Swipe down from anywhere else on the screen to get a search box.

– From various Apple apps, try swiping from the left or the right. Not every app will respond, but many will. With the Safari browser, for instance, you can use the left and right swipes in place of the back and forward buttons.

Tips 2: Organizing and Sharing Photos

The new Photos app organizes your photos into moments, based on when and where you took the photos. Several moments will be grouped into a collection, such as a vacation to Europe. Collections will then be grouped by year. It’s all automated, so you can’t reorganize shots if you would rather break a collection into two. But it’s better than having hundreds of unorganized photos.

From any moment, collection or year, click on the header on top of the photos to pull out a map showing all the places you’ve been, with the number of shots taken at each. You can share entire moments, by hitting “Share” on the right side of that header. A menu should pop out from the bottom. It’s tricky because it’s easy to miss and hit “Select” above it instead.

Once you have the moment or set of photos chosen, another menu will pop out from the bottom, giving you such choices as sharing by email, Facebook, Flickr or text messaging.

Tips 3: Ask Siri

tips-and-tricks-for-using-iphone-3Frustrated with Siri’s inability to hear what you’re trying to say? Instead of repeating yourself over and over, you can click “tap to edit” to make the change manually. You shouldn’t have to with voice search, but fixing one letter is still easier than having to type in the entire phrase.

Just for fun, you can give Siri a sex change by going to the settings, choosing “General,” then “Siri,” then “Voice Gender.” You can now use Siri to change phone settings and return recent calls. And Siri will speak out turn-by-turn directions when walking. Before, the vocal instructions were limited to driving directions in Maps.

Tips 4: Freebies

Apple’s new streaming music service, iTunes Radio, is easy to find. Click on the Music icon at the bottom of each home screen, then choose “Radio” at the bottom. Create music stations by choosing some genres you like. Then fine-tune your picks by hitting the star when a tune is playing. You can ask the service to play more songs like it or remove that song from future playlists entirely. You can also create new stations based on specific songs or artists. The service will try to find other songs like them.

Best of all, it’s free. Just prepare to put up with some ads, unless you subscribe to Apple’s iTunes Match for $25 a year.

Meanwhile, you’ll qualify for some other free apps if you buy a new iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch: Pages for word processing, Numbers for spreadsheets, Keynote for presentations, iPhoto for photo editing and iMovie for movie editing. They usually cost $5 or $10 each. The offer is retroactive to Sept. 1. Once a new device is activated, the app can be downloaded for free to other devices on the same account, as long as the device is upgraded to iOS 7.

Tips 5: Fingerprinting

tips-and-tricks-for-using-iphone-2With the new fingerprint ID system on the iPhone 5S, there’s no longer a reason to avoid protecting your phone with a passcode. Passcodes can slow you down. But your fingerprint now bypasses the need to type in a four-digit code in many situations.

It’s easy to set up. The iPhone will walk you through scanning one finger when you set up the phone. You can scan four more fingers-yours or someone else’s-by going to the settings. Go to “General,” then “Passcode & Fingerprint.”

You’ll still be confronted with passcode screens on occasion, especially when you need to authenticate an app purchase. But even though you’re asked for a passcode, the fingerprint usually works unless the phone specifically tells you otherwise.

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