5 Essential iPhone Security Features You Should Enable Right Now

Keep your iPhone safe and secure with these security enhancements.

Apple is constantly adding new iPhone privacy and security features and upgrading existing one. In this article, we'll go over five of the best iPhone security features that you should know about.

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Choose Which Photos You Share with Which Apps

For many of us, the Photos app is filled with personal shots that we don’t want to share just anywhere. Previously, when an app requested access to the Photos app, you either denied access or approved it, and that was that. This could be uncomfortable if you wanted to edit one photo but didn’t want to give an app full access to your camera roll. Now you have three options: Select Photos, Allow Access to All Photos, and Don’t Allow. This may seem small, but the ability to only allow access to specific photos is a big one if you value a little more privacy. To learn more about the Photos app, check out our Tip of the Day newsletter.

Control When Your Phone Knows Your Precise Location

Few apps need to know your exact location in order to function properly, so why share it with them? Now you can share your approximate location instead. To adjust location tracking for certain apps, go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services. Select the app you want to adjust. If you don’t want an app to know exactly where you are, toggle off Precise Location. For apps that need to be exact, such as Google Maps, toggle on Precise Location.

Know When Your Passwords Are Compromised

Your iPhone can send notifications when a password of yours has been compromised. iCloud Keychain keeps track of when your saved passwords have appeared in data breaches and will alert you if and when that happens, giving you the chance to change it right away. This feature is turned on automatically, but if you want to make sure it’s on, go to Settings > Passwords > Security Recommendations then see that Detect Compromised Passwords is toggled on.

Get a Full Privacy Report

It’s no secret that Apple has been working hard to prevent cross-site tracking on its devices, but now it has added a new level of transparency. Now you can view whether a site you are visiting uses trackers and prevent sites from tracking you for ad targeting and analytics purposes with the new Privacy Report option. To view your privacy report, open Safari and then tap the double Aa icon next to your search bar. Select Privacy Report. A window will pop up, showing you details about trackers it’s prevented. See everything you’re being protected from!

Keep Your Wi-Fi Address Private

Now you can join Wi-fi networks with a private address. This means that your device’s network address won’t be visible to networks, network operators, and other network observers, keeping said parties from tracking you and creating a user profile of you. This won’t affect the way your Wi-fi behaves, so everything will function as usual. The only difference is that you’ll now be able to prevent network providers from tracking your iPhone. While this feature is enabled by default for networks that support it, you can double-check by going to Settings > Wi-fi and then tapping the blue Information icon next to your network. Toggle on Private Address.

With these features beefing up security on your iPhone, you can rest just a bit easier in the knowledge that your private information will stay private.

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.