KEY POINTS

  • iPhone users can set their devices to make sure their information is kept private
  • Newer iPhone models come with automatically enabled Two-factor Authentication
  • For those using older iPhones, activating this is easy

Phishing attacks were a dominant reason behind several data breach incidents across the globe last year and these types of attacks have increased by 37 percent this year, recent reports from various cybersecurity firms have revealed.

For iPhone users wondering how to make sure that they do not fall victim to various malicious attacks and keep their personal information secure and private, these tips and tricks may come in handy.

Unsubscribe To App Tracking And Enable App Tracking Transparency Feature

The Cupertino-based tech giant introduced a crucial iPhone privacy setting called App Tracking Transparency in May 2021. This feature enables users to know which apps track their activities across other sites and apps. To unsubscribe to app tracking, iPhone users should go to the particular app they want to check and they would see a prompt, seeking permission to let the app track them.

If this does not work, they could go to Settings > Privacy > Tracking and check the status of the "Allow apps to request to track" you. If it is green, it means the tracking is enabled. It is also advisable to double-check the individual settings for each app once in a while to make sure apps do not have access to the user's location.

Apple CEO Tim Cook argues curbs on downloading apps are essentially to protect consumers from dangerous software. 
previews powerful new privacy protections at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference at Apple Park in Cupertino, California. Apple kicked Apple CEO Tim Cook argues curbs on downloading apps are essentially to protect consumers from dangerous software.  previews powerful new privacy protections at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference at Apple Park in Cupertino, California. Apple kicked off its digital-only annual Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday where it unveiled the iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12 and watchOS 8. Photo: Apple Inc. / Brooks Kraft

Activate Two-Factor Authentication

This is the most crucial feature iPhone users should activate on their Settings to secure their data and privacy. This is so critical that consumers should activate this in every digital account they own. To enable this feature on the iPhone means if someone attempts to sign in to a new device using someone else's Apple ID, the genuine owner will receive a notification. 

Owners of the newer iPhone models should not worry about it as the two-factor authentication is automatically enabled. For those using older iPhones, activating this is easy. Users can just go to the device's Settings app, click their name at the top and look for Password & Security. After that, they would be able to check if the Two-Factor Authentication is enabled.

These are some simple steps that iPhone owners must take in order to protect themselves from malicious actors who love to exploit unaware users.