iOS 12, Apple’s latest mobile software package for iPhone and iPad, is released. The new software packs in a very bunch of latest security and privacy options you’ve probably already heard about. Here’s what you would like to try and do to take advantage of the new settings and lock down your device.

1. Turn on USB Restricted Mode to make hacking more difficult

This difficult-to-find new feature prevents any accessories from connecting to your devices — like USB cables and headphones — once your iPhone or iPad has been locked for over an hour. that prevents police and hackers alike from using tools to bypass your lock screen passcode and obtain your data.

Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and type in your passcode. Then, scroll down and make sure that USB Accessories are not permitted on the lock screen, so check that the setting is Off. (On an iPhone X, check your Face ID settings instead.)

2. Make sure automatic iOS updates are turned on

Every time your iPhone or iPad updates, it comes with a slew of security patches to prevent crashes or data theft. Yet, however, usually, do you update your phone? Most don’t bother unless it’s a serious update. Now, iOS 12 can update your device behind the scenes, saving you time period. simply check that you turn it on.

Go to Settings > General > Software Update and turn on automatic updates.

3. Set a stronger device passcode

iOS has gotten better in recent years with passcodes. For years, it had been a four-digit code by default, and currently, it’s six-digits. that makes it much more difficult to run through each combination — called brute-forcing.

But did you know that you will set a number-only code of any length? Eight-digits, 12 — even more — and it keeps the number keypad on the lock screen thus you don’t have to fiddle around with the keyboard.

Go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode and enter your passcode. Then, head to change password and, from the options, set a Custom Numeric Code.

4. Now, switch on two-factor authentication

Two-factor is one of the most effective ways to keep your account safe. If somebody steals your password, they still need your phone to interrupt into your account. For years, two-factor has been cumbersome and annoying. Now, iOS 12 includes a new feature that auto-fills the code, thus it takes the frustration exit of the equation — thus you’ve got no excuse.

You may be asked to switch on two-factor once you set up your phone. you’ll additionally go to Settings and tap your name, then head to password & Security. just tap turn on Two-Factor Authentication and follow the prompts.

5. While you’re here… change your reused passwords

iOS 12’s password manager includes a new feature: countersign auditing. If it finds you’ve used an equivalent countersign on multiple sites, it’ll warn you and advise you to alter those passwords. It prevents password reuse attacks (known as “credential stuffing“) that hackers use to interrupt into multiple sites and services using an equivalent username and password.

Go to Settings > Passwords & Accounts > website & App Passwords and enter your passcode. You’ll see a small warning symbol next to every account that recognizes a reused password. One tap of the change password on website button and you’re done.

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