24 iOS 11 Privacy Security Settings Youhould Check Right Now iOS Phone

of personal information contained within it, so of course you want your device to be secure. You dont want that information getting into the wrong hands or any hands other than your own, for that matter.

This guide breaks down the new privacy settings iniOS 11that you should check, along with settings that have existed since previous versions of iOS. Make sure to read this list carefully, and check any settings that apply to you. After all, you dont want your valuable data escaping the confines of your iPhone. Study this list, and you should be well armed against any hackers, thieves, and nosy neighbors.

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Now, Im sure there will be a heated argument about this one, but hear me out. Apple claims that the chance of a false positive isliterally one in a millionwith Face ID. Compare that to their claim of one in 50,000 for Touch ID, and Face ID sounds pretty secure.

But this article is about maximizing privacy. Not only is there a chance, however small, that an intruders face will let them unlock your phone, theres a higher chance that your own face can be used against you. Eliminate that risk altogether by disabling Face ID underSettings Face ID & Passcode.

If youmustkeep Face ID on, youre not completely out of luck here. Apple has included a quick way to disable Face ID temporarily, in case you know your physical security is about to become compromised.

Check out our guideto find out more about this option, which leaves your phones security in the hands of your passcode.

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The default iPhone passcode is six-digits long, although the four-digit passcode is still very popular since it used to be iPhones default. Chances are, your iPhones passcode is one of these two options.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with using these passcode limits, they arent the most secure. A four-digit passcode has 10,000 possible combinations, which, considering there are85.8 million iPhone usersin the United States alone, means there arent enough unique combinations to go around.

Increasing that number to six helps, since a six-digit combination has one million permutations. But now were back to the one-in-a-million chance that Face ID gets you.

If you really want to make sure your iPhone is secure, change your passcode to a password. Using a true password with a combination of letters, numbers, and special characters will make your lock screen virtually impenetrable.

But, thats totally obnoxious. Manually entering a convoluted password into your phone every time you want to use it is not really practical. Were just letting you know its the most secure way to lock your phone.

If youd rather stick to something easy, make sure to use a six-digit passcode over a four-digit one. Make sure to avoid common passcodes like 123456, or six of the same number.

To change your iPhones password, go toSettings Touch ID & Passcode Change Passcode. Enter your old password when prompted, then tap Passcode Options to choose which type of passcode youd like to make.

If you connect your iPhone to your car either through Bluetooth or CarPlay, your iPhone may be recording the location of where you park. To some, that might be a helpful feature. To others, its an invasion of privacy.

To disable this feature, go toSettings Maps, then disable Show Parked Locations.

You may think you know nothing about Apples new Significant Locations, but if you remember Frequent Locations, theyre essentially the same. Applerecords a list of your most frequently visited locations, which, on paper adds some convenience to apps that use your location.

However, this may serve as a privacy issue to you. If youd rather not have Apple recording your most frequent locations, just head toSettings Privacy Location Services System Services Significant Locations. From here, you can also clear the history that your phone may have accumulated over time.

These next three options have remained the same across the update, however, theyre still important to know and understand. When enabled, these selections track your location to provide targeted notifications, advertisements, and options. Lets just say, theyre not the most privacy-centric features in iOS 11. Actually, quite the opposite this is someMinority Report-level stuff.

If youd rather not be specifically targeted by Apple wherever you go, heres what to do:Settings Privacy System Services. From here, you can deactivate Location-Based Alerts, Location-Based Apple Ads, and Location-Based Suggestions.

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Share My Location is a setting that allows your phone to send your current whereabouts to a friend who requests it. Usually, you need to mutually agree to this arrangement with another person using the Find My Friends app. However, there are ways oftracking your iPhone without your permission.

If youd like to avoid that risk altogether, disable the option by going toSettings Privacy Location Services Share My Location.

Alternatively, you can change the device that shares your location, if you have more than one attached to your Apple ID. You can also check with friends of yours you have approved to view your location.

Apple changed the name of Diagnostics & Usage to Analytics. This area contains settings that share data from your phone to Apple, in an effort to help identify bugs in the system and make iOS better overall. Think of it like a beta test, only for the official iOS 11 release.

While this information helps Apple keep iOS 11 running smoothly, you may feel its sharing too much without your knowledge. If youd like to shut down that line of hidden communication, go toSettings Privacy Analytics.

From here, you have many options you can disable:

To disable all analytics with Apple, simply turn off Share iPhone & Watch Analytics.

Share With App Developers shares your app data with that apps developer. Disable this setting to close that line of communication.

Share iCloud Analytics shares your iCloud data with Apple to help them improve on apps and services associated with that information. Sounds like an unnecessary setting to someone concerned about privacy.

Improve Health & Activity will share your health and activity data with Apple to improve these services on your iPhone. Personally, the only person I want knowing my daily step-count is myself.

Improve Wheelchair Mode will send Apple your activity data if you use a wheelchair. If you dont use a wheelchair, you especially dont have a use for this setting, but if you do, turn this off as you did Improve Health & Activity.

If you prefer your ads to be directly targeted towards you and your interests, you can leave this alone. However, if you care about your privacy, you may not like Apple sharing your data with advertisers.

This setting is one you actually turnonrather than off. Go toSettings Privacy Advertising, then enabled Limit Ad Tracking. Notice how the option isLimitAd Tracking, notStopAd Tracking. Even with this setting enabled, Apple claims that your iPhone connectivity, time setting, type, language, and location can be used to target advertising. If you disabled Location-Based Ads, location targeting will not apply to you, but all others will. Tap View Ad Information to learn more.

Raise to Wake can be extremely convenient simply raise your phone from a flat position, and it will wake up for you to use. It feels natural, however, it poses a privacy risk. If your iPhone turns face-up accidentally, those in view of the display may see messages and notifications you did not intend for them to see.

To avoid this scenario, head over toSettings Display & Brightness, then disable Raise to Wake.

Lock screen widgets are great ways to keep up with your messages, notifications, weather updates, whatever you need to know without having to unlock your iPhone. But thats just it you dont need to unlock your iPhone to see this information. Anyone can pick up your iPhone and potentially see what your calendar for the day is, or whos texting you what.

To stop this privacy-breach in its tracks, you could hit Edit at the bottom of the lock screen, then delete all widgets. However, you will lose those widgets when youve unlocked your phone as well, not just on the lock screen.

If you want to deactivate the widgets for only the lock screen, jump over to the article below.

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Introduced in iOS 10, your iPhone gives you the option to 3D Touch messages to reply from your lock screen. While fun and useful, the feature is also easily accessed by other people.

If youre worried about those around you replying to incoming messages on your iPhone, you might want to disable this one. Check out the article below to find out how.

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iOS 11s Control Center is a major change from previous designs. Weve never had the ability to customize our Control Centers, and with that comes more options than ever. Unfortunately, those added apps and features means more privacy risks for your device.

While most content-sensitive apps require a passcode from the lock screen to access, some do not, or, at the very least, give users limited access without having to unlock the iPhone. For example, while you cannot see written notes without unlocking the phone, anyone is able to write a note from the Control Center, if you have Control Center notes activated.

You can disable any apps from the Control Center that you dont want people having access to, but that means you wont be able to access them when your phone is unlocked, either. An alternative option is to disable Control Center entirely from the lock menu, by going toSettings Touch ID & Passcodeand disabling the switch next to Control Center. Well talk more about Passcode Lock later.

One app that I would highly recommend disabling from Control Center is Wallet. While you do need your Touch ID or passcode to access any credit cards stored in your iPhone, other types of cards, like Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, travel passes, and various other loyalty cards, do not. If you want to prevent others from gaining access to these forms of currency, disable Wallet from Control Center.

You can customize your Control Center items by going toSettings Control Center Customize.

Formally known as Do Not Track, this setting lets users decide whether or not to allow Safari to share your phones IP address with the websites you visit. You will mostly likelynotwish to share this information with websites, so to enable this setting, head toSettings Safari, then enable the switch next to Ask Websites Not To Track Me.

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Cookies allow websites to save bits of your information, so that when you return, the website can load for you faster. While convenient, cookies certainly arent privacy-forward.

In iOS 11, Apple has taken away various options for blocking cookies, in favor for a blanket ban on all. While you may notice a difference in performance on some sites, at least you know youre securing your privacy. To disable cookies, go toSettings Safari, then turn on the Block All Cookies option.

Your iPhone, along with your iCloud account, has a built-in password manager to make entering passwords easier and more secure. These passwords are protected by Touch ID or your iPhones passcode, however, if your iPhone is breached, an assailant would have access to all of your passwords.

To manage your saved passwords, visitSettings Accounts & Passwords App & Website Passwords. Enter your passcode or use Touch ID to view your saved passwords. To delete individual passwords, swipe left on each password, then hit Delete. To delete en masse, tap Edit in the top-right corner, then select each password youd like to delete. Finally, tap Delete in the top left corner.

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Along with storing your passwords, your iPhone can store your personal information for AutoFill. This feature makes it easy to fill out forms online or in apps, as you iPhone can automatically enter information such as your name, address, phone number, credit card number, and more.

Obviously, the downside is your iPhone carries this personal information for a potential thief to find. To protect yourself, head toSettings Safari AutoFill. From here, you can investigate what information is already saved, such as Contact Info and Credit Cards, or disable all by toggling each slider off.

Youve probably seen a request for microphone access when opening certain apps for the first time. Many times, this request is totally legitimate, and needed for key features for those apps. However, you never know if an app is using that microphone access for shady reasons.

To manage which apps have access to your iPhones microphone, check outSettings Privacy Microphone. Here, you will find a list of all apps that are approved to use your microphone. Disable any and all by tapping the slider next to each app.

For apps like Snapchat, camera access is essential to function how else are you going to use those classic filters? However, there might be apps on your iPhone you dont want using your camera.

In that case, youd want to disable camera access for those apps. Check outSettings Privacy Camera. From here, disable the switch next to any apps that youd rather not have using the cameras on your iPhone.

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Location services are necessary for apps such as Maps or Waze your iPhone needs to know your location in order to properly give you directions. Apps like Snapchat can use your location when taking photos to apply interesting and unique filters only available where you currently are. While location services make certain apps fun, other apps may not be so forthcoming.

If you want to disable location services for certain apps, go to.Settings Privacy Locations Services. You could always disable Location Services entirely, however, youd lose access to all location functions. Thats probably not going to fly for you, so itd be better to go through each app, making to sure to set the apps you dont want accessing to your location to Never.

When you delete a photo, its gone for good. Right? Not so much. Apple saves your deleted photos in a folder titled Recently Deleted for 30 days beforeactuallydeleting said photos. If someone were to gain access to your phone, theyd have access to any photos deleted within 30 days from that time.

You dont need to be privacy-focused to realize that could be a bad situation. To make sure those deleted photos stay that way, head to theRecently Deletedfolder in the Photos app, then delete your photos all over again.

Lets say you decide to buy an app. You leave your iPhone for a moment, but as you do, someone manages to break in and gain access to the App Store. Because you just purchased an app, the App Store might not require your password before buying another app, so this person can buy as many expensive apps as he or she wishes.

Lets prevent this. If you use Touch ID, go toSettings Touch ID & Passcode. From here, enable Touch ID for iTunes & App Store. Just enter your iTunes password, and youll be all set.

If you dont use Touch ID, tap on your name at the top of the Settings page. Then, go toiTunes & App Stores Password Settings. Set the preference to Always Require for maximum security. If you wish, you can also require a password for free downloads as well.

We love our messages. With iOS 11, we can even back up our messages to the cloud, to make sure we never lose them. However, as a user concerned about privacy, you may not want to keep your messages forever. Unfortunately for you, your iPhone does just that by default.

Theres a bright side, though. You can set your iPhone to automatically delete messages after a certain period of time. Just jump over toSettings Messages Keep Messages. Choose either 30 Days or 1 Year, whatever your preference, and your iPhone will make sure your messages never see a day beyond that time.

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Your lock screen, by default, contains a treasure trove of personal information, such as recent notifications, your Wallet, and the Today View, which is a collection of widgets of your most useful apps. Fortunately, many of the apps that contain this info can be specifically disabled from the lock screen by going toSettings Touch ID & Passcode.

From here, you can choose which apps youd like to prevent access to from your lock screen. If youd rather not have others see your texts, emails, or app alerts, or if youd prefer people not see information from your apps in the Today View, you can disable those apps and features here.

So, what do you think of our list? Does your iPhone feel more secure? Are there any other settings youd recommend disabling? Let us know in the comments below!

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