iOS 12 Security Settings You Must Change

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iOS 12 Security Settings You Must Change


iOS 12 has finally been released to the masses and the new software is stocked with a number of new security and privacy features.

Here are 5 security settings you must change immediately to ensure the safety of your device:

1) Automatic iOS Updates

It’s always crucial that you keep all software up-to-date and iOS updates are no different. These updates come with a variety of patches to prevent data theft and more.

Now, iOS 12 will download your updates in the background for you, so just make sure you have it switched on.

Switch this on by going to Settings > General > Software Update and turn on automatic updates.

2) Ensure you have a strong passcode

Previous iOS passcodes were only four-digits by default. iOS 12 has now set the default to six-digits, making it that much harder to crack.

However, if you want to make it even more secure you can up the number code to any length.

To do this, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > enter your passcode > Change password > set a Custom Numeric Code.

3) Two-Factor authentication

If you have the option on any of your accounts you should definitely use two-factor authentication as it is one of the best ways to keep your accounts safe. Even if someone stole your password, they would still need your phone to access your account.

iOS 12 has made this process even easier with a new feature that auto-fills the code.

To activate, go to Settings > tap your name > Password & Security > Turn on Two-Factor Authentication.

4) Change your reused passwords

iOS 12 password manager has a new feature called ‘Password Auditing’. This feature warns and advises you if you’ve used the same password on multiple sites to change those passwords. This prevents hackers hacking into multiple accounts if you have used the same username and password.  

Go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts Website & App Passwords > enter your passcode. Here you will see warning symbols next to the accounts that you’ve used the same passwords for. Tap Change Password on Website button and you’re sorted.

5) USB Restricted Mode

This new feature is a little tricky to find but prevents accessories from connecting to your device when your device is locked for more than an hour, for example USB cables.

This prevents hackers from using tools to bypass locked screens and stealing your data.

You can enable this by going to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > enter your passcode > ensure USB Accessories are not permitted on the lock screen (Set setting as Off).

Luke Stanley