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Never jailbreak your iPhone

Jailbreaking is a trick used by iPhone owners to get access to applications outside of the Apple App Store. By doing so, the warranty on your phone will be voided. You’ll also potentially be exposed to viruses. After jailbreaking, your iPhone will lose most of its security features, making it a prime target for hackers.

Learn about new iPhone backup steps on macOS

Backing up an iPhone via iTunes was once one of the most secure ways to make a full copy of all of your data and apps and transfer it to a new device. Starting with macOS Catalina, though, iTunes is no longer available. Backup now goes through Finder, but still provides options for encryption.

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 […]

Disable “Find My Device” services for Apple devices

If you own an iPhone and/or Mac, you might enabled “Find My iPhone” or “Find My Mac” at some point. Although theoretically useful, these services can create major headaches if someone assembles just a few basic and often publicly available pieces of information, like your full name and last four digits of a credit card […]

Use an alphanumeric passcode on your iPhone

If you have an iPhone, you probably have a passcode to prevent strangers from accessing it without your permission. Most of these codes are only 4 to 6 digits long. That length might seem good enough, but it’s guessable by specialized GrayKey devices. To stay on the safe side, use a 9- to 12-digit password […]

Don’t jailbreak your phone or tablet

It’s not as popular as it was in the early 2010s, but jailbreaking (or rooting) a mobile device is still a risky practice. It removes many built-in protections and allows the installation of unapproved applications. Stick with the standard OS and keep it updated.