Security Tips

How to secure your iPhone or iPad with a strong alphanumeric password

If a simple 4-digit passcode isn't secure enough for you, you can choose to protect your iPhone or iPad Lock screen with a longer, stronger alphanumeric password. That greatly reduces the chances that anyone can guess or brute-force their way into your device and access your data without your permission. What's more, Apple makes it easy to set up.

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How to disable Notification Center on the Lock screen of your iPhone and iPad

Notification Center collects all of the notifications your receive on your iPhone or iPad into one easy-to-access place. By default you can even pull down Notification Center from your Lock screen to see any messages or other notifications you may have recently missed. If, however, for privacy and security reasons, you prefer Notification Center not be accessible from the Lock screen, there's an easy way to disable it!

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How to secure your iPhone or iPad with a 4-digit passcode

Leaving your iPhone or iPad might feel like a convenience, but if you ever leave it unattended, lose it, or have it stolen, it leaves you open to everything from pranks to having all your personal data exposed. By enabling a simple, easy-to enter 4-digit Lock screen passcode, you not only make it much, much harder for someone to get at your data, but you also make it much harder for them to do anything but user it as a paperweight if you ever lose it or have it stolen.

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How to turn off Touch ID and revert to a passcode or password

If you don't want to use Touch ID to unlock your iPhone 5s you can always go back to using a numeric or alphanumeric passcode whenever you'd like. Perhaps Touch ID just doesn't work that well for you, or you don't trust it, whatever the reason, here's how to go back to using a regular passcode again:

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How to disable Touch ID for iTunes and App Store purchases

Touch ID is a super convenient way to unlock your iPhone 5s while keeping it secure at the same time. You can also use it to make App Store and iTunes purchases by default. However, if you've registered other family member's prints and you don't want them to be able to buy things on your account, or if you're just not comfortable with Touch ID purchases, you turn off iTunes purchases and not have to worry about it.

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How to secure your iPhone with Touch ID

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How to control background refresh to save battery life and data on your iPhone and iPad

Background refresh is part of what allows any iOS 7 app for iPhone or iPad to appear to be multitasking all the time. The truth is, they're really multitasking "just in time" by updating in the background whenever they have the opportunity or right before they figure you'll be launching them. In spite of how efficient Apple has tried to make it, however, using background refresh will also use more power and consume more data. Luckily, if either your battery life or your data limit is running low you can turn off background refresh, either entirely or just for those apps you don't consider that important.

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How to secure your iPhone and iPad with Activation Lock

iPhones and iPads are stolen on a daily basis and while you can't always keep it from happening, you can make sure that a thief can't simply disable Find My iPhone leaving you without a way to track it by using Activation Lock. Not only that, it can also keep them from being able to restore your iPhone or iPad as new without your Apple ID, rendering it pretty much useless to them. Here's how:

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How to delete saved passwords from iCloud Keychain in iOS 7

One of the side-effects of an easy-to-use system like iCloud Keychain is that sometimes you accidentally end up saving a password you didn't intend to. That, or you simply stop using a certain site and no longer need its password saved, or some glitch comes up and it's not working properly, and you just want to start over. Regardless of the reason, iOS 7 makes it easy, if not immediately obvious...

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How to force websites to save passwords to iCloud Keychain in iOS 7

iCloud Keychain, which is part of iOS 7, lets you save passwords for sites you visit frequently so you don't have to enter them each time. Unfortunately, you may come across a lot of websites that prefer not to let iCloud Keychain store your passwords. If you really want to, you can override this setting in just a few taps. Here's how:

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