The iPhone is one of the favorite targets of thieves because it comes with a friendly design and it’s quite expensive. In addition, all its advanced features have ensured a high level of popularity that makes it highly unlikely for those who find an iPhone by accident to return it to its rightful owner. That’s why you should invest time in protecting the data stored on your iPhone 4. Considering that 16 or 32GB of storage space are available, you most likely save on your iPhone an impressive amount of private data. Not to mention that the one who finds your iPhone will even be able to read your emails and access your Twitter and Facebook accounts if you don’t properly protect your iPhone.
Fortunately, the iPhone comes equipped with some security controls of its own that you can use in order to ensure a certain level of data protection. However, those features will be of no good to you if you don’t first enable and customize them to your needs. So, after you purchase an iPhone 4, you should consider taking a look at the following features.
One if the iPhone features designed to ensure data protection is Passcode Lock. In order to enable this option, you will have to tap on Settings and then go to General in order to locate and tap on the Passcode Lock option. You will then have to tap on the button that says “Turn Passcode On”. Obviously, you will also be required to enter a passcode that needs to be formed of four digits. For verification purposes you will be required to enter it twice. In order for the passcode to be effective, you will also have to make sure that it’s required every time a number of minutes of inactivity pass. To use this second feature, you will have to tap on “Require Passcode” and then choose a timeframe. Because the maximum interval of one hour is too long while the minimum one involves seconds, you should think about a happy medium that in my opinion involves a timeframe of several minutes.
You should also consider turning off the “Simple Passcode” option. Because of that option the passcode that you are required to enter is formed of only 4 digits. Once the option mentioned is disabled, you will be able to set a password that’s longer and includes uppercase and lower case letters as well as special characters and numbers. Another feature that makes possible data protection is the one that allows you to enable auto erase. If you decide to enable the Erase Data feature, after a wrong passcode is entered ten times, the iPhone’s content will be erased.
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