Many of us have been living under the mistaken belief that just because Apple iPhones are almost virus-proof, we can be totally relaxed about security, too.
And it’s just that kind of attitude that gets your phone hacked and your data stolen, according to notorious former hacker Hector Monsegur.
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After Monsegur was arrested for cyber attacks on companies such as PayPal, he started working for the FBI to prevent future attacks.
Recently, he shared his top tips for ensuring your iPhone is as safe as it can be from hackers with Refinery29’s Madeline Buxton. These are the five settings you need to change on your phone ASAP.
1. Download the most recent software update – now.
You know that frankly, bloody annoying, software update? They push you to download and install it for a reason. And Monsegur explains that reason isn’t to annoy you, but to protect you.
He said that when Apple finds out someone has found a way to “jailbreak” a phone – strip your security – Apple will release an update to patch-up these vulnerabilities.
“If someone was trying to get information from you, or they wanted to infect your phone so they could steal information, intercept your phone calls, check your emails — stuff like that, then the fact that there’s a jailbreak available for it, means that there’s an exploit,” he told Refinery29.
So next time the request to update to the latest iOS pops up, stop scrolling and just do it.
2. Make sure you have two-factor authentication.
You may have seen apps like Gmail or Facebook ask you for a phone number so they can help you verify your account in the future. Monsegur says this is another one-minute task worth doing.
This is called two-factor authentication and if you look in settings of most apps you should be able to see this and tick 'enable'.
This way if someone is trying to remotely reset your password, you'll receive a text asking you if this was your doing. And if it isn't, the hacker will be stopped right away.