iPhone Life Magazine - - How To -

O ur iPhones are at the cen­ter of so much that we do. As such, it's wise to take mea­sures to en­sure that no one can ac­cess the per­sonal data it stores, such as credit cards, emails, and photos. That way, even if your iPhone falls into the wrong hands, you'll be pro­tected.


If you have an iPhone 5s or later, the Home but­ton houses a Touch ID fin­ger­print sen­sor, which you can use to un­lock your phone, au­then­ti­cate pur­chases from the iTunes and App Store, ac­cess third-party apps, and make trans­ac­tions with Ap­ple Pay (if you have the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus).

To use the sen­sor, go to Set­tings > Touch ID & Pass­code. You'll be prompted to en­ter your pass­code if you have one; oth­er­wise, you'll be asked to set one up. Un­der Fin­ger­prints, tap Add a Fin­ger­print to en­roll as many as five fin­gers. You'll be prompted to lift and press your fin­ger un­til the process is com­plete. Tap the en­try to re­name it. Touch ID isn't an all-or-noth­ing deal—you can spec­ify which ser­vices you'd like to use it for in Set­tings. Many third-party apps now sup­port Touch ID too, which you can en­able in in­di­vid­ual app's set­tings.


To set up a 4-digit code, scroll to Touch ID & Pass­code in Set­tings (or sim­ply Pass­code on an iPhone 5 or older). Tap Sim­ple Pass­code, then Turn Pass­code On at the top of the screen. To set a more ad­vanced pass­code, dis­able Sim­ple Pass­code be­fore tap­ping Turn Pass­code On. You can also gen­er­ate a ran­dom­ized pass­word us­ing Wol­fram Al­pha. Just ac­ti­vate Siri and say “Wol­fram pass­word,” and it will gen­er­ate ran­dom mixes of num­bers and lower- and uppercase letters. If you don't have Touch ID en­abled, you can cus­tom­ize how quickly your phone will lock by tap­ping Re­quire Pass­code.


Another se­cu­rity ser­vice from Ap­ple is Find My iPhone, which helps you track down a mis­placed or stolen de­vice. To en­able it, go to Set­tings > iCloud > Find My iPhone. Then, if you can't find your de­vice, you can sign in to or to the app on an iOS de­vice to see the lo­ca­tion of your de­vice on a map. Se­lect the de­vice you're look­ing for and then tap Ac­tions. Here you'll see a few op­tions—tap Play Sound to make your de­vice ring, ac­ti­vate Lost Mode to lock your de­vice and dis­play a mes­sage on the screen, or tap Erase iPhone to erase all data from the de­vice. Choose the last op­tion if you've given up your search but want to pro­tect your in­for­ma­tion.

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