When you are doing your banking or shopping using your iPhone, have you ever considered that your information may not be that safe? Nowadays, it’s relatively simple to hack into any computer device from laptops to mobile phones. With information thieves on the rise, it’s important that you take some steps to prevent someone from grabbing your personal information like credit card numbers, bank account passwords, or worse yet, your social security number, while engaged in mobile transactions.
Stop iPhone Data Hacking Now
You can protect your iPhone information by always buying your phone brand new from a reputable retailer. Never buy someone else’s iPhone, or one of those unlocked iPhones. No matter how cheap they may seem, it’s possible that there could be applications installed that reveal your personal information to others.
As soon as you get your new iPhone, register it and set up your secure password in the settings menu to lock the device at the launch screen. If you lose your iPhone, no one will be able to get into your stored information. Change your password at least every 3 months. Keep this information secure in another location, such as a fireproof safe at home or a safety deposit box. Never store passwords to other accounts or personal identification information directly on your iPhone or on your computers.
Be careful what you download onto your iPhone, especially freeware and free apps. Although it may seem like a good idea at the time, you may be giving easy access to information criminals who include tracking software disguised as other forms of iPhone apps. Basically, remember that nothing is truly free in the software world.
Secure Your Wi-Fi Connection Settings on your iPhone
When using your iPhone in public places, keep in mind that there may be hackers nearby who are watching you and waiting for a chance to steal your information. Many have access to spying software that link via public Wi-Fi spots so they can access your device in seconds. Instead of using public access for the Internet, opt for a secure 3G or 4G experience that requires a password to log in.
You can easily set your iPhone settings to avoid automatic connection to public Wi-Fi spots, a problem that many users experience as this is a default feature. Change yours in the main iPhone settings administrator to “Ask Before Joining” for all networks. Set up the networks you will connect to, and do not accept requests to connect to unknown networks with your iPhone.
Regarding Financial Information and iPhone Use
If you do any personal financial activities, limit those to your secure home Wi-Fi connection only, unless it’s an emergency. Another way to step up security is to use a pre-paid debit card to make online purchases instead of your regular credit and debit cards. It is always better to call your bank’s toll-free number to complete a transaction with an authorized banking representative, than in an open shopping center or other public place.
Most importantly, report any suspicious activity to your financial institution and to Apple support immediately if you notice any unusual transactions stemming from your iPhone use. This includes unauthorized charges to your mobile phone bill, including fees for apps you did not install. While you may not be able to spot a mobile phone hacker in person, you can take steps to protect your iPhone data by following the above tips.
John Dayton writes for LWG Consulting, a company of forensic scientists and engineers, including computer security experts.