Apple is known for its high standards of privacy and data protection However, iPhones still fall victim to hackers. Criminals are able to steal sensitive information by stealing data from iPhone applications that gather this information on a daily bases. This includes browsing history pictures, passwords, and the current location.

The most effective way to safeguard your iPhone against malware is by ensuring that you use a strong passcodeone that you actually remember and not write down in a notebook somewhere (you should be doing this anyway). Disabling notifications on your lock screen will also stop anyone from accessing your personal data without unlocking the phone.

If you’d like to take things a step farther, you can use the Screen Time feature to create an alphanumeric passcode that you can customize, or disable access to your 4-digit numeric passcode. This will make it more difficult for a criminal to brute for your passcode. You can also set a feature that will erase all data on your iPhone after 10 incorrect passcode attempts, which renders your device unusable for thieves — though it could be useless to you too if you’re not able to access your iCloud images or other content.

Then, consider installing a reputable mobile security app such as Clario. It can alert you to harmful websites and protect your identity from being stolen on Instagram and social media, block annoying ads and potentially dangerous ones, increase your privacy by using VPNs, protect your privacy using VPN and more.

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