IOS Privacy and Data Security Tips that You Should Know! by Jay January 17, 2017 3 Minutes ReadAs the stats speak: More than 4.61 billion mobile phone users globally exist as you read this article and the probability is more than 6 billion at the end of 2019, out of which most of them are iOS users. iOS smart phones are becoming an integral part of our everyday work life – which is why it’s highly important to stay ahead of the changing world. Have a look at the stats table below; (Source: statista.com) More than 77% Australians and 72% USA people are using mobile phones, regularly. Overall 68% users are using their smart phones almost all the time where as 18 % USA users make payments and invoice generation through mobile. According to “Jerry Dischler”, Vice President of Product Management for Google AdWords “More Google searches take place on mobile devices than on computers in 10 countries including the U.S. and Japan”. (Source: adwords.googleblog.com) Now, going with the above statistics, it’s vital to maintain the privacy and security of data in smart phones. Data privacy on mobile devices can be possible only with the right procedure of settings. Most of the iOS mobile users trust on this platform to transact with their important data such as email communications, pictures and important documents. Apple has come up with some quick options to run apps in iOS device with high-level security and it’s important that users know these details as ignoring this, might impact on loosing precious data thus loosing protection on their devices. In this article, I am going to tell you some of the privacy and data security tips on iOS device. Here we go… 1. Handle with care and Use common sense There is no such app to protect your phone data from yourself – yes, that’s true. Link jacking helps accessing the confidential data’s in the hands of stranger. More than 90% smart phone users are facing such types of problems. So, before accessing any app or link you must think once – On exactly what are you accessing! What is the medium to access the data! Who is sending the data’s and the data location (yes, that very important)! Do avoid hitting on pop-up links that might take you to links/websites, compromising your data privacy. 2. Avoid HTTP and Select HTTPS for Transaction Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is the language of internet, used communication on the World Wide Web. HTTPS (something like https://www.example.com) is the secure communication way, which encrypts the data between ends and helps in establishing a secure transaction – hence no chance of middle attacks. Therefore, you need to transact only with HTTPS-enabled sites to protect your private data’s. 3. Enable Device Security Using the built-in setting app in iOS the touch ID and pass code allow changing the longer numeric, alphanumeric, or custom pass code. Once you enable the biometric fingerprint reader, iOS keeps the data and credentials in a secure reserve until it gets the correct fingerprint. To access web based accounts and services you have to authenticate the extra layers of securities that provides better security and protection from unauthorized access to your devices. 4. Take Backups Regularly Regular backups of all your personal data are very easy in iOS devices with wireless communication, which are compatible with iCloud or SpiderOak. IOS device also supports encrypted backups using iTunes, that also helps in the formation and controlling of encrypted backups. 5.Update Device with latest iOS updates Updating device OS with latest updates are always helpful and it’s very much important for the protection of your personal data. The jailbreaking process was designed to “free your iOS device from within the confines of Apple’s walled garden.” (Source: techrepublic.com) It’s too very imperative to use secure and high quality iOS apps which help in protecting your device as well – that brings in the “app design factor”, which is also as important as other factors. You can check my previous article on how you can design amazing iOS apps: Most Effective Tactics to Design Amazing iOS Apps Share your idea with comments on iOS security and we will be happy to respond… Good day and a great year ahead. Related Posts: Creative Ways for Quality Mobile Application Development How IoT Puts Impact on Mobile App Development Mobile Banking Pros and Cons plus some Helpful Tips Tags: iOS, iOS Apps, iOS design, iOS security Jayadev Das firstname.lastname@example.org Do what you do best in – that’s what I’ve always believed in and that’s what I preach. Over the past 25+ years (yup that’s my expertise ‘n’ experience in the Information Technology domain), I’ve been consulting to small, medium and large companies ‘bout Web Technologies, Mobile Future as well as on the good-and-bad of tech. Blogger, International Business Advisor, Web Technology Expert, Sales Guru, Startup Mentor, Insurance Sales Portal Expert & a Tennis Player. And top of all – a complete family man!