Apple is famous for setting high standards in user privacy and data security, but iPhones aren’t safe from hackers. It’s possible for criminals obtain sensitive information from numerous iPhone applications that collect it on a daily basis — including browsing history, personal photographs, current location, and passwords.

The easiest way to secure your iPhone against malware is to use a strong passcodeone that you can actually remember and don’t write down somewhere (you should be doing this anyway). Another option is to disable the option to display notifications content on the lock screen which will prevent strangers from gleaning personal info without unlocking your phone.

If you’d like to take things a step further, ensure that you are using the Screen Time passcode feature that lets you set up a custom alphanumeric code, or at least block access to your four-digit numeric code, which will make it more difficult for a thief to brute-force your passcode until they get it right. You can also activate the feature to erase all data on your iPhone after 10 incorrect passcode attempts, which will render your device inaccessible to thieves — though it could be useless for you as well if you’re not able access your iCloud pictures or other content.

Consider installing a reputable mobile security application such as Clario. It will alert you to unsafe websites, protect you from identity theft on Instagram and other social networks, block annoying and potentially dangerous advertisements, improve your privacy with an VPN, and more.

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