Like all mobile devices your Apple iPhone 3G is also prone to hacking and other security threats. But most of us do not take iPhone security threats as seriously as we take threats about losing or breaking our iPhone. While the iPhone 3G is a stable and secure device you should nevertheless follow the following iPhone security tips to prevent any hacks or intrusion attempts while you use your iPhone mail client, surf the net or are logged into the local Wi-Fi network.
iPhone Wi-Fi Security Tips:
Most of use our iPhone to access open Wi-Fi networks frequently and fail to ?forget? the network from our iPhone Wi-Fi settings. This is an open invitation to any person with mischief on his/her mind who can connect to your iPhone the next time you visit or pass by the Wi-Fi hotspot by simply scanning the network devices. To prevent this set your iPhone "Ask to Join Networks" option on. Also make sure you ?forget? the open network after you have exited it.
iPhone Passcode Security Tips:
Okay setting an access Passcode is elementary security tip. But nevertheless very important, more so if you are a smartphone owner, because we tend to use our smartphones for far more security-sensitive applications like email, website access etc. Hence it makes sense to protect your private info in case your iPhone gets stolen or lost. Set your iPhone Passcode lock from Settings > General > Passcode Lock. Once you set the access Passcode your iphone will automatically lock after the selected time interval.
Use VPN for enhanced iPhone Security:
Virtual Private Network (VPN) encrypts all data sent to and fro between your iPhone and the selected network. This option is especially useful if you are accessing any open Wi-Fi network, to block any peeping tom from scanning and accessing your iPhone. Thankfully, Apple has included a VPN client with the iPhone.
iPhone Web Security Tips:
The iPhone features the powerful and robust Safari web browser with many customisable options which when selected can prevent malicious malware like trojans, viruses etc from infecting your iPhone. Firstly ensure that pop-ups are blocked as they may contain concealed malware seeking to enter your phone. Just check the Block Pop-ups option in the Safari settings. Another iPhone security tip includes managing the cookies or the files stored on your iPhone by the websites you visit. Remember to always delete the cookies after every session by tapping the Clear Cookies button in the Safari settings. Users who want to be extremely cautious can completely disable cookies, but note that to access most of the websites you need to accept cookies.
Secure iPhone Emailing Tips:When using your iPhone for sending or receiving emails remember to do so over a SSL protocol. The Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encrypts all mail sent and received via your iPhone. Using a non-SSL mail client can seriously compromise your privacy and security. Think an open postcard versus a sealed envelope, it's that big a difference. If your mail client does not support SSL, then just use one that does.