Secure your iPhone – Do it Now!

by leeannm on May 5, 2010

in iPhone Tips

With the pervasiveness of the iPhone it is important that as it moves into the Corporate world, policies are adjusted and the appropriate security mechanisms are in place to protect both the user and the information on it. Use these basic security tips to ensure you keep your iPhone and information safe.

Tip #1Turn on Passcode lock – Settings, General, Passcode Lock
Turning on Passcode lock will prompt you for a four digit pin after the Auto Lock feature locks your phone. This can be defined under Settings, General and Auto-Lock
Once you have enabled Passcode lock you will be prompted as to whether you wish enter this immediately or after a few minutes. Obviously the shorter the time the more secure this will be. Don’t use a simple pin code like 1234 or your birth date or year.
There is also an Erase Data option which can be turned on. This will erase all data on the iPhone after 10 failed Passcode attempts which is fantastic if you leave your iPhone in a taxi or airport or bar.

Tip #2 - Leave Wi-Fi turned off unless required – Settings, Wifi
Not only will it save battery power, but manually turning on Wi-Fi when you require it will reduce the risk of connecting to unsecure wireless networks without your knowledge.
Tip #3 - Use SSL for Mail
SSL or Secure Sockets Layer is a security standard for securing the transmission of data between two endpoints. You should ensure that your mail servers are using SSL to ensure your e-mail content is not transmitted in plain text over the Internet. To check this go to your Mail Account, Account Info and Use SSL should be turned on. If you are using Gmail go to Advanced and ensure Use SSL is turned on.
Tip #4 – Keep Internet Tethering off
If you have Internet Tethering turned on and you lose your iPhone anyone who finds your iPhone can still use your data connection EVEN if you have a Pass code lock. This could be very costly for you, particularly if you are roaming overseas when you lose your phone.
Tip #5Erase your Data if the phone is lost or given to someone else
This is a simple, common sense tip. If you lose your iPhone and you have Microsoft Exchange as your e-mail configured, the first thing you should do is access your Outlook Web Access and go to Options and Mobile Devices. Choose Wipe All Data From Device. If your device is online, Microsoft Exchange will begin a remote wipe. If you physically have the device you can erase it by going to Settings, General, Reset, Erase All Content and Settings
Tip #6 – Keep your iPhone current
One of the most simplest and effective methods of remaining secure is to ensure you keep the Operating System version current. This can be checked and updated when you tether to iTunes.
Finally, Apple is working to ensure the iPhone becomes more accepted within the enterprise and this includes enhancing security and the management of the devices with the upcoming OS4.  However, with the simple steps above and good common sense you can ensure your information is secured on your current iPhone.

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