How To Stop Attackers From Remotely Accessing Your iPhone
If you’re like most businesses, your iPhone is a critical piece of equipment.
It’s how you stay connected with clients, access your files, and stay on top of your work. So it’s essential to ensure that your iPhone is secure from remote access by hackers.
The bad guys start by getting remote access to your phone with SIM swapping. Then, they can start taking over your accounts, stealing your assets, and smearing your reputation. They can port your number to another phone carrier, so you can’t get it back.
We’ll give you some tips on protecting yourself and your iOS device. Keep reading to learn more!
Enable Two-Factor Authentication for Apple ID
Security experts recommend using multi-factor authentication to increase security. Even if one credential becomes compromised, the attacker won’t have access to the second factor.
Apple offers two-factor authentication for your Apple ID, designed to ensure you’re the only one who can access your account. Here’s how to turn it on:
- Go to Settings > your name > Password & Security. Tap Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.
- Tap “Continue” and follow the onscreen instructions.
Run Safety Check
You can use Safety Check on iPhone (running iOS 16 or later) to quickly stop sharing your information. You can also review and update sharing with individual people and apps.
Use A Secure Mobile Phone Carrier
If your business needs to protect its data, switch to a secure wireless carrier like Mobilen. Unlike a traditional mobile carrier, Mobilen secures your data in transit, works with your existing iPhone, and gives you an encrypted SIM card.
Mobilen uses an industry-leading identity verification process. That means attackers can’t use social engineering to persuade customer service to make changes to your account.
Four out of five SIM-swapping attacks are successful, but that can be different for your business. Use a secure mobile operator to upgrade your security without compromising on reliability.
Keep Your Phone Updated
We get it – updating your iPhone can be annoying. However, it’s essential to update your phone as soon as there’s an update available. These software packages often contain fixes to critical security bugs. Hackers can target iPhones that aren’t using the latest software and use exploits to take over your phone remotely.
Check your phone for updates and make sure you install any available, especially if there are Rapid Security Responses.
Rapid Security Responses are Apple’s way of addressing security vulnerabilities before a major update is available. You want to take advantage of these so hackers can’t access your phone.
Never Jailbreak Your iPhone.
iOS Jailbreaking is the process of overriding the manufacturer restrictions on your iPhone. We have one piece of advice for you: don’t try it.
There are three main reasons:
- Apple doesn’t allow jailbreaking, so it requires installing untrusted software. Most of this software is fake and may contain malware or steal your personal information.
- There’s a lot of iOS malware that only affects jailbroken iPhones, such as KeyRaider.
- If you jailbreak your Apple phone, you won’t get Apple’s security updates anymore. You need those to keep the attackers at bay.
Change Your Passwords
Using good password hygiene is crucial to keep the attackers out of your accounts. You’ll need to start using different passwords for all of your accounts.
Start by changing the code on your phone’s lock screen and your Apple ID password. You can then proceed to your other accounts that contain your data, like your banking apps. For each website, pick a hard-to-guess password you don’t use anywhere else.
Use a password manager to keep track of your unique passwords so that you can remember them easily. A good password manager will notify you when your passwords are weak, reused, or appear in a data breach.
Uninstall Suspicious Apps
💡 Tip: Only install apps from the App Store. Never install apps from other sources.
If you don’t trust an app, you should uninstall it. Malicious actors might use apps to steal your data. Here’s how to remove apps from your iPhone:
- Touch and hold the app on the Home Screen.
- Tap “Delete App” to delete it from the iPhone.
If you’re having trouble removing an app or think someone might still have remote access to your device, it’s time to factory reset it.
Reset Your Phone to Factory Settings
It’s time to reset your phone if you still find signs that someone has remote access to it after following the other steps. Wiping your iOS device will remove any malicious apps on your phone.
- Make sure you know your Apple ID username and password.
- Take a backup of your data because the factory reset will erase it.
- Follow Apple’s instructions to reset your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
- Restore any backed-up data and continue using your phone
Scammers are trying to compromise business data every day. You can prevent it from happening on your iPhone by following the tips in this blog.
Remember to boost your security by switching your business phone carrier to Mobilen. Mobilen is a wireless network for digital asset organizations that require a high level of security, SIM protection, and sim port-out prevention. With over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry, we have a thorough understanding of the unique requirements that these firms encounter.
Take the next step toward securing your organization’s data, and contact us today.