iOS is full of features that are made to make your life easier. For example, you can set things up so you can see your notifications from the lock screen. It’s a useful feature but not only will you be able to see your information but so can everyone else.
This is only one of various features on your iOS device that is giving out more information than you’d probably like. Also, the idea of Safari saving your passwords can send chills down your spine, but that’s what it could be doing right now. Discover the changes you need to make to protect your privacy.
Turn Off Preview Notifications
Being able to preview your notifications can save you time.You can decide if they are worth unlocking your iOS device or not. Unless you want anyone that passes by to see your information it’s best that you disable this feature. Simply go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Toggle Off notifications view.
Disable Location Services
If you’re not comfortable with the idea of your iOS device (and who knows who else) knowing where you are, disable location services. You can easily do this by going to Settings > Privacy > Location services > toggle off.
Reduce Auto Lock Time
It can be uncomfortable to put down your tablet for a minute and then have to unlock it again. Even though it only takes a few seconds, it’s annoying. You might even decide to extend the lock time as much as possible to avoid this.
The longer it takes for your device to lock the more likely it is that someone might gain access shortly after you put it down. Reduce the probabilities of someone accessing your device by going to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto lock. The less time your iOS device is unlocked, the better.
Erase All Data After 10 Login Attempts
Hopefully, you never have to go through this, but it tends to happen. If you were ever to misplace your iOS device or lose it, this is a feature you want have on (just in case). Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Erase Data.
With this feature on, you can rest assured that your device will be wiped clean if the passcode is entered incorrectly ten times. This feature will save you from having to remote wipe your device, that if they try to unlock your device that many times.
Avoid Saving Your Passwords on Safari
It’s never a good idea to have Safari save your passwords, especially if their passwords for sites such as your bank and other similar sites. Even though you never set this up, you should at least take a look just to make sure.
To see if Safari is saving your passwords go to Settings > Safari > Passwords. To erase any passwords Safari may have saves tap on the edit button at the top right.
Stop Sharing Your Information with Apple
With iOS 10.3, Diagnostics and Usage turned into Analytics. With Share iPad Analytics you share analytic data from your iPad with Apple. Share iCould Analytics lets you share your usage data from your iCloud account with Apple.
By toggling on Share iPad Analytics, you’ll also see an option to share data with app developers. If this is something you don’t want to do go to Settings > Privacy > Analytics and make sure everything is toggled off.
Remove Widgets from Your Lock Screen
Widgets is another way you could be revealing too much information. Unless you want everyone to know what your plans and likes are, turn them off. Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Toggle off Today view.
Automatically Delete Your Messages
There are various reasons why you may want to erase old messages. Maybe to get rid of any unwanted evidence or to keep your iOS device clean of unwanted junk. By going to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages > Choose 30 days.
Limit Ad Tracking
Some users may like receive ads that are targeted to their interests. If you don’t want Apple to track what you like and don’t like, make sure that you limit ad tracking. You can do this by going to Settings > Privacy > Advertising > Limit Ad Tracking.
Enable and Frequently Change Your Passcode
If you never let anyone else use your iPad, you might be tempted to not even add a passcode at all. While you do have quick access to your device so does anyone around you. To enable a passcode go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. Once you’ve set it up follow the same steps to change it as well but this time, choose Change Passcode.
There are obviously more entertaining thins to do on your iPad than having to make changes to your security changes. But, if you want to keep your information safe these are changes that you should make as soon as possible. What changes have you made to you iOS device to keep your information private? Drop a comment and let me know.