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How to ensure the greatest privacy and security on iOS 11

Heather Parry

By Heather Parry

16 November 2017

Apple have just released another update to iOS 11. This newest version, 11.1.1, mainly fixed an autocorrect malfunction and a Siri error, and the previous version fixed the KRACK vulnerability, so that’s no longer a concern.

But how can you ensure that you’re using the right settings to give yourself the greatest privacy and security on your device?

Well, we’re here to help.

Set a 6-digit passcode

We’re all used to the 4-digit code, but adding two more digits goes a long way to enhancing your security. If you have Touch ID on your phone, you might also want to consider turning this off and just relying on your passcode instead; biometrics are convenient but they can also be used against you.

Manage location services on individual apps

In iOS 11, you can decide whether your apps can track your location all the time, sometimes or never—and best of all, you can do it app by app. Go to Settings, then Privacy, then Location Services and go wild.

Stop websites from tracking you and block pop-ups

In Safari settings, you can now select Block Pop-ups, Prevent Cross-site Tracking, and Ask Websites Not To Track Me. These are not available in earlier version of iOS and they should help to stop you being tracked when you’re using Safari.

Turn off Face ID if you’re on iPhone X

This one is up to you; some more privacy-conscious users don’t trust Face ID and don’t want to use it. In this case, go to Settings, then Face ID & Passcode, and disable it.

Control what’s seen on your lock screen

We don’t often think about this, but your lock screen shows previews and some of the content of your communications. To turn this off, go to Settings, then Notifications, then tap Messages, Mail or whichever comms platform you want to control. From the screen for each one, you can select what sort of preview you prefer, or you can disable them entirely, meaning that no previews will appear on your lock screen.

Your own level of trust in the various features on your iPhone will dictate exactly how you set up your phone’s privacy and security features, but Apple seems to be moving in a good direction by giving you more options—for now.

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