How to Set Up iPhone Security Features

The iPhone itself has the ability to share and store vast types of information through communication modes, especially through apps and Internet tools.  This means that it will hold personal and financial information, business information, Contacts, and, at times, sensitive materials that you would not want outside parties having access to.  Whether it is in the case of a stolen iPhone, or simply one that a person is trying to access without your knowledge, you may want to ensure that your content is protected.  Here is a look at how to set up security features on the iPhone.


The primary security feature on the iPhone is going to be the use of the Passcode to protect the iPhone from being accessed.  To first set this go into the Settings on the iPhone and then select General, which is directly above Mail, Contacts, Calendars.  In here go to Passcode Lock, which is below Auto-Lock and above Restrictions.  It is here that you will begin by selecting Turn Passcode On, and you will then be asked to enter in a four-digit passcode twice.


Once you are in you will have a few options you can choose that give you varied levels of security around the Passcode feature.  First, you can set when to require the Passcode.  The default is immediately, and is the best choice, but you can really set a range of one minute up to four hours.  The highest level of privacy and security will be with the immediately setting, and it will be the easiest to work with.

To extend this security feature on the iPhone you will want to turn off the Simple Passcode, which is the four digit one that you entered.  You will then be asked to first enter in the passcode that you already set, then set an alpha-numeric ten digit passcode to be entered every time.  This may be excessive for some users and will make the start up of your screen more difficult.


Voice Dial is often a way to bypass certain things so you have the ability to simply turn this off, otherwise it will remain permanently enabled.  This is again not something that should be on the top of the list when figuring out how to set up security features on the iPhone, but the option remains.


One of the most critical security features around the Passcode is going to be Erase Data, which is at the bottom of the screen.  This option will erase all data on the iPhone if there are ten sequential attempts at entering the Passcode that fail.  This means that if it is entered ten times in a row the content of the iPhone will essentially self-destruct and become inaccessible.  This is fine in most cases since you can easily just sync back to your Home computer with all the back up files on it, but this is still an extreme measure and should only be used if the information is that sensitive.  This is primarily for protection if your iPhone is stolen or lost.


You can find extra security features on the iPhone in the Restrictions section, though this is often used much more like parental controls.  Once you go in an hit the Enable Restrictions button and set a Passcode for them, you will be able to set exactly what features you allow and what you block.  You have the ability to turn off access entirely to Safari, YouTube, the Camera, iTunes, and Ping.  You can also prevent the installing of new apps from the app store or the deletion of any apps.  You can determine if you want to allow changes to Location features in different apps or if you want changes allowed to your email accounts.  In-App Purchases, which have been quite a problem especially with younger users, can be set off.  You can also determine if you want certain movie ratings to be blocked, television show ratings to be prevented,  or music that has been set as Explicit to be disallowed.  The Game Center can even be prevented from adding friends or allowing multiplayer games, which is a common prevention for younger users.  This all really depends on how you define security settings and they may not end up being entirely relevant to your own security needs.

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