Apple is known for its high standards of data security and privacy however, iPhones still fall victim to hackers. Criminals are able to steal sensitive information by stealing it from the iPhone applications that gather this data on a daily basis. This includes browsing history, passwords, images, and the current location.
The most effective way to safeguard your iPhone against malware is by ensuring that you use a strong passcode- one that you can actually remember and that you don’t have to write down in a notebook somewhere (you should be doing this already). Turning off the notification content on your lock screen will prevent strangers from accessing your private information without unlocking the phone.
If you’d like to take it a step farther you can utilize the Screen Time feature to create an alphanumeric password that is unique to you, or disable access to your 4-digit numeric passcode. This will make it more difficult for a burglar to brute for your passcode. You can also set the feature that erases all data on your iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts, making your device unusable to thieves — but it may be useless to users if they are unable to access your iCloud images or other content.
Consider installing a mobile security program that you trust, such as Clario. It can alert you to unsafe websites, protect your identity from theft on Instagram and other social media platforms, stop annoying and potentially harmful advertisements, improve your privacy by using a VPN and much more.