The purpose of having a good software installed on your mobile device is to help protect you from all dangers. You can never be too careful when it comes to your privacy. There will be always someone or something trying to gain access to your personal files or steal your valuable information.

But have you thought of the possibility that you might be handing over your information to others? You might not be doing this on purpose, but there are some settings on iOS 10’s security that is set up to do just so. Because of that, here are some security settings you may want to change immediately on your iOS 10 device.

1. Reduce Your Auto-Lock Timeout

The faster your iOS 10 locks, the lesser the chance for someone to get access to it. To protect your personal information from being looked at by the wrong person, you can reduce your device’s auto-lock timeout by going to Settings > Display & Brightness > Auto-Lock. From there, you can choose the time setting from 2 Minutes to Never.

 

2. Remove Your Lock Screen Widgets and Notifications

Even if your iOS 10 is locked, someone can easily see your information if they swipe right. They will easily be able to see information such as Calendar, Reminders and more. To remove the widgets from your lock screen, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode > Enter Passcode, and then tap the switch next to Today View.

 

As long as you’re there, you can also toggle off the Notifications View, and you can even have your iOS 10 device erase all data when someone tries to enter the wrong passcode more than 10 times. This is a great feature to keep your information on your device safe from unauthorized access.

3. Turn Off Share My Location

Keep in mind that the less information you give out, the better. To turn off your location, go to your device’s Settings, then tap on iCloud > Share My Location > turn off Share My Location.

4. Prevent Safari From Tracking You Online

Some users don’t mind being tracked wherever they go, but if in your case this is a big deal, you have the option to stop Safari from tracking while you surf the Web. To do this, go to Settings > Safari > toggle off Do Not Track.

5. Limit Ad Tracking

It’s no secret that our information is used to show ads that we might be interested in. If you don’t want your information to be shared at all, go to Settings > Privacy > Advertising > toggle off Limit Ad Tracking.

 

6. Prevent Safari From Saving Your Passwords

If someone gets past your lock screen for some reason, they can easily get access to your passwords. To deal with this, go to Settings > Safari > Passwords, and then tap on the edit button located at the top of your display. Choose any sites that have saved passwords so you can erase them.

7. Auto-Delete Messages

With so many things to do, you can easily forget to erase certain messages. Why not allow your iOS 10 device do the work for you by auto-deleting your messages? To configure this feature, go to Settings > Messages > Keep Messages, and then select your preferred number of days. The less time these messages stay on your device, the better it is.

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This entry was posted by Staff Writer on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 6:29:42 AM and is filed under Computer Security & Data Protection.

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