Last week, we talked about what Android users can do to improve device security. We discussed that apart from relying on the platform’s default security settings, users can do more to prevent their devices and data from getting stolen or hacked into. This time, we're going to talk about the things that iOS users can do to improve security on their Apple devices.
There are many reasons why its users prefer the iOS platform and the devices that they run on. Some like the efficiency of Apple Pay, better parental controls, and reliable customer service and dependable hardware, while others claim that Apple devices are universally smoother and offers a more user-friendly experience. In terms of security, the iOS platform is renowned for its “walled garden” approach. However, this notion has resulted in a misplaced consumer belief that Apple devices are immune to threats. It's not. While there are still more threats found on the Android platform, previous malware and hacking incidents have proven that the iOS platform is not completely free from security and privacy risks.
[READ: iOS Threats that Cracked the Walled Garden]
Earlier this year, iOS devices were the newest poisoned pawns in a targeted attack dubbed “Operation Pawn Storm”, an organized economic and political espionage campaign. According to researchers, one of the two spy apps used could gather text messages, contact lists, pictures, geo-location data, installed app lists, among other things, from iOS devices. The said malicious apps could be obtained via social engineering tactics, including phishing emails, and outdated operating systems. Clearly, following previous incidents, it shows that there have been many attempts to challenge Apple’s security measures.
Seven Tips for Improved Mobile Security
From hacking fingerprint sensors to apps made for jailbroken iOS versions, cybercriminals will continue to find means and ways to scale security and privacy. As such, it is important for you to be aware that loose security habits can lead to serious risks. Before that happens, here's what you can do to tighten up your mobile security:
Improved Security on the Horizon
Recently, Apple announced that iOS 9 will include an option for using six-digit codes to unlock a device. The update also includes two-factor authentication for users signing into Apple services when using a new device or browser. The new authentication process will apply to all Apple devices with TouchID.
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