As more people adopt smartphones, the number of mobile threats is expected to increase. A recent report from Lookout Mobile Security showed mobile malware threats are diversifying and mobile privacy issues are growing, for instance. And while iOS is more secure than competing mobile platforms, there are still some easy settings changes that can safeguard against vulnerabilities, according to InfoWorld columnist Galen Gruman.
Gruman highlighted two hidden privacy settings that lie outside the Privacy option of the Settings app. It’s possible to turn on a private browsing mode that doesn’t store cookies in Safari, but this has to be done in the Safari settings. Users can also turn off ad tracking, but they have to go to the About pane in the Settings app, select Advertising, and then choose to turn on the Limit Ad Tracking option.
Two other vulnerabilities have to do with iCloud. Gruman suggested using different passwords for iTunes and iCloud to protect personal data in the event a hacker breaches one of these services. He also recommended using a passcode to restrict changes to iCloud settings on your phone (go to Settings, then Restrictions, then Accounts, then Don’t Allow Changes). This protects iCloud data, and, most importantly, prevents a thief from turning off Find My iPhone if your device is stolen.