How to Improve Your Apple iDevice Privacy and Security

by Patrick Mifsud

Make your iPhone more secure and private.


  • iPhone that is running iOS
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Make sure your iPhone is updated to the latest firmware. To check if you are on the latest version of iOS Navigate to Settings ---> General ----> About

    Step 2

    Launch the Settings App on your iPhone

    Step 3

    Navigate to Notifications ---> Messages and Turn Off previews

    Step 4

    Still in the Notification settings find Mail and for accounts turn off Preview

    Step 5

    To stop all web history from being stored you can go to Settings ---> Safari and turn on Private Browsing

    Step 6

    To Limit what apps get your location data Navigate to Settings ---> Privacy ----> Location Services. And turn off any apps you want to stop

    Step 7

    To turn off system services that use location navigate to Settings ---> Privacy ----> Location Services ---> System Services. And turn off any services that you don't want getting location data.

    Step 8

    In iOS 6 you can limit ad tracking by going to Settings ---> General ----> About ---> Limit Ad Tracking

    Step 9

    To improve lock screen security to can ad a password to your device. Do this by navigating to Settings ---> General ----> Password Lock

    Step 10

    Also to make more secure you can turn on Erase Data. Do this by navigating to Settings ---> General ----> Password Lock

    Step 11

    Settings>General>Restrictions. This is where you can lock down Account access and location access so it cannot be changed. You can also disallow deleting and installing apps.

    Step 12

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    Step 13

    Check out my other guide on How to get the most out of your iPhone/iPod touch/iPad