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Know the security differences between iMessage and SMS

Famously, on iOS devices iMessage messages are blue while SMS texts are green. But the actual differences are more extensive. In addition to allowing for longer message lengths and richer content sharing, iMessages are also encrypted, whereas SMS texts are not. Don’t send sensitive info over SMS.

Upgrade if you’re still using and iPhone 6 or earlier

With the launch of iOS 13 in September 2019, the once-popular iPhone 6/6 Plus is no longer able to be updated to the latest version of the OS. Accordingly, it’s a good idea to move on to a more current device. Sticking with an older model could put you at risk of malware infections or […]

Use Google prompts to confirm logins on a mobile device

Two-factor authentication (2FA) makes your accounts more secure. For a Google Account, confirming each new login via a prompt is one of the safest and most convenient 2FA options. Once you enable the option from your account page, you can confirm or deny login requests from your mobile device. On Android, these prompts come from […]

Pay attention to the built-in password manager in iOS

iOS can save all of your logins automatically. When you open the list of them under Settings -> Passwords & Accounts, you might see an exclamation mark next to some of them. That indicates that they match another saved login, which is risky since reused passwords are easier for someone to guess.

Set important applications and updates to be installed automatically

Updates are integral to keeping all networked software secure. You can ensure updates are installed automatically, which is in fact the default for apps on Android and iOS, or schedule a big installation – like an OS update – in advance. These options are better and safer than having to apply updates manually.

Change your password within the Facebook iOS app

It’s prudent to regularly change your Facebook password, in light of how commonly targeted social media accounts are by cyberattackers, not to mention Facebook’s long history of not disclosing the full severity of data breaches upfront. In the iPhone/iPad app, you can easily change it by tapping the three-line icon in the bottom right corner […]