The Best Way to Secure Your iPhone or iPad

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Should you use a finger print, security app or passcode? Here’s a rundown of how to secure your device, and what’s your best bet.

Keeping the data on your iPhone or iPad secure is important. If you do banking or any other important business on your device, you need to keep the access for your eyes only…and maybe a couple of toddlers who can’t yet read.

But what’s the best method? Finger printing with touch ID technology seems amazing at first.

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Who else in the world has your exact unique prints? The problem is, the answer to this question has been shown to be, 1) the government, and 2) any talented hacker who’s determined to get their hands on them.

The Verge.com illustrates just how easy it is for someone to hack into a device that uses Touch ID security.

“The bad news is, fingerprints can still be stolen-and unlike a passcode, you can’t change your fingerprint, so a single credential theft creates a lifetime vulnerability,” the site comments.

“What looks like a security upgrade turns out to be something much more complex. That’s particularly true in the wake of the San Bernardino case, which saw government agents working to unlock an iPhone linked to a mass shooting.

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As it happens, the iPhone in question was a 5C- the last iPhone made without a fingerprint reader. But if a more recent phone had been keyed to Farook’s fingerprint, it would have been trivial for investigators to break in.”

Here’s how it works: basically, thieves get a copy of your own actual finger, or a print obtained from government records via a high res photo. This is used to make a finger print mold and then a fake plastic finger with your exact prints, something that can be done rather quickly.

That’s all that’s needed to get unapproved access to your device.

So, what’s the best option for keeping your secrets secret?

Best Bets

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You could always go for a physical lock for your device by securing it to your desk but that’s definitely going to pass you off as crazy, and it’s blatantly impractical for daily use. And it doesn’t protect what’s inside.

Hanging your phone around your neck isn’t a bad option, if you don’t mind the look. Be sure no one’s going to lunge at you to grab it, though.

Apart from this, there are security apps you can use and ways to create secure passcodes. Wired.com has a great list of 10 digital tools that can keep your data secure, with reviews of popular security apps like NordVPN and Lock It Up!.

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To develop your own unique passcode, check out these instructions on macrumors.com.

You can customize your code and come up with something that’s alphanumeric. The idea is to make it longer than the traditional 4 digits, which increases the security many times over.

It’s as simple as that. You’ll feel peace of mind that no one is getting in but you…even if they have your government-held information and bag full of plaster. Win.

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