Mistakes IPhone Users Make That Put Their Data At Risk


Tasks, and iPhone users usually argue about the strength of its performance and the security of the iOS operating system compared to Android phones, but this does not prevent that some iPhone users make some mistakes that put their data at risk.

Here are the most common mistakes iPhone users make that put their data at risk:

1- Not updating the operating system to the latest version:

Both Apple and Google release periodic updates for Android and iOS operating systems to correct security issues and other system errors, so delay in installing the latest operating system update puts your data at risk; Because you leave your phone vulnerable to cyberattacks targeting the vulnerabilities discovered.

Apple launched the iOS 16 operating system last September, and so far it has launched 3 system updates and is about to launch the fourth update soon. In iOS 16.3, Apple fixed more than 12 security problems in iPhone phones, some of them serious.

Among the issues that Apple fixed in iOS 16.3; Three issues with WebKit, the engine that powers Apple's Safari browser , and three at the kernel level, according to Apple's support page .

That's why updating your phone's operating system is very important, as these updates include important security patches that correct serious issues, so you should always install the latest update as soon as possible.

And to verify that the latest updates are installed on the iPhone; You can follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings on your iPhone.
  • Click on the General option.
  • Click on the option (operating system update) Software Update, you will find the number of the latest update installed in your phone if iOS 16.3 your phone is safe, and if there is a new update you will most likely see a notification stating that it is ready, click on the option (download and install) Download and install.

You can also activate the automatic update feature on your phone, and as soon as the update arrives, it will be installed automatically at night while charging.

2- Not activating the advanced protection feature in iCloud:

At the end of 2022, Apple introduced an important security feature called (Advanced Data Protection for iCloud) that uses full data encryption to provide the highest level of security for your data stored in iCloud.

If you are a long-time iPhone user, you are sure to back up your data in iCloud automatically, but to get the highest level of security for your data; You can enable Advanced Data Protection, a feature that uses end-to-end encryption on more categories of data, including the following:

  • Device backup.
  • Messages backup.
  • iCloud Drive.
  • Notes.
  • Photos.

End-to-end encryption means that no one else will have access to your fully encrypted data, not even Apple itself, and it will remain secure even in the event of a data breach in the cloud.

To turn on iCloud Advanced Protection, you can follow these steps:

  • Go to (settings) Settings.
  • Click on your name, then click on the (iCloud) option.
  • Scroll down and click on the Advanced Data Protection option, then click on Turn on Advanced Data Protection.
  • Follow the onscreen instructions to review the recovery methods and enable Advanced Data Protection.

3- Don't check for security features that are automatically enabled:

If you go to Settings on the iPhone, then the (Passwords) section, there will be times when the operating system alerts you about security recommendations, as the iPhone is able to monitor your data and passwords securely saved in the device and create an appropriate notification if this data appears in a data leak. .

In this case, you can quickly secure your accounts; Checking it regularly and taking appropriate countermeasures such as changing passwords or enabling 2FA can enhance the security of your data.

4- Not activating the two-factor authentication feature in the Apple account:

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) adds a layer of security to the process of signing in to your account. In addition to entering your username and password, you will enter another verification code, so it helps secure your data.

To enable the two-factor authentication feature in your Apple account; You can follow these steps:

  • Go to (settings) Settings.
  • Click on your name, then click on the Password & Security option.
  • Click on the (Two-factor authentication) option, then enable it. Then press continue.
  • Enter the phone number on which you want to receive verification codes for two-factor authentication, then you can choose to receive the codes via text message or automated phone call, then press the Next option.
  • Enter the verification code sent to your phone.

It is worth noting that Apple added, in the iOS 15 operating system and later versions, the built-in two-factor authentication feature that allows the iPhone to be used to generate verification codes to provide more security when logging in to various accounts online.

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