Is your iOS device secure and protects your privacy?
The iPhone and iPad are vulnerable to many privacy and security threats. To make matters worse, the application is like a giant data vacuum cleaner – quietly absorbing as much data as possible. Collect private data and send it back to the parent company for analysis, storage and sales to third parties (browsing history, social media activities, physical locations, contacts, messages, etc.).
There is also a growing security and privacy application industry. Unfortunately, many of these applications are dangerous and intrusive – for example, free ad blockers can sell your data and work with advertisers. There are also many free VPN (Virtual Private Network) applications that contain malware, tracking and other privacy threats – for more information on these dangers, see the free VPN Guide and VPN Alerts List .
But don’t worry – there are good solutions that don’t involve downloading a bunch of dark privacy apps.
This guide will show you how to make your iOS device as secure and user friendly as possible through the following five steps …
Step 1: Remove these iOS apps
Since most applications are harmful to your privacy, consider removing all non-essential applications. Here are some application categories that are particularly problematic in terms of privacy:
- Social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.)
- Game (angry bird, with friends, mean me)
- Weather (GO weather forecast and widgets)
- Traffic (Uber, Lyft, etc.)
- Messenger / Photo / Chat ( Snapchat, WhatsApp, QQ)
- Drawing/photo editing
You should treat most apps as a potential privacy threat. For bad apps, you may not find that they have stolen your data or messed up your device until it is too late.
So if it’s not absolutely necessary for your life, then delete it.
Step 2: Encrypt your internet traffic with a good VPN
VPN (Virtual Private Network) services are rapidly gaining popularity for a variety of reasons. Primarily, they are used as a powerful tool for encrypting and protecting anything connected to the Internet, while also allowing people to bypass geographic restrictions and access blocked content.
When using a VPN on a mobile device, you have two options:
- Use a VPN application
- Use the built-in VPN configuration of your iOS device
Built-in VPN configuration
Using the built-in VPN feature on iOS devices (rather than a VPN app) has the following advantages:
- It enforces every Internet connection on your iOS device (including all applications) via VPN and is leak-proof (with “on-demand connection enabled”)
- With good VPN service, it will be very reliable and won’t crash all the time (like many VPN applications)
- It provides strong encryption and privacy protection using the IPSec / IKEv2 encryption protocol
- It is usually less risky than downloading third-party applications
Two excellent VPN services that support manual configuration on iOS devices using IKEv2 passwords are:
- Perfect privacy
Simply import the VPN profile into your iOS device and enter your login credentials. See the step-by-step guide to Perfect Privacy:
The built-in VPN configuration can be easily accessed and set directly from the Settings area.
Your live VPN connection status will always be displayed at the top of the screen. I have found that always enabling the “on-demand connection” option does not significantly affect battery life or performance. Here, I am testing the VPN connection on this IP test page.
If you prefer to use a VPN application instead of a built-in VPN configuration, there are several options.
One disadvantage of using the built-in VPN configuration is that setting up is harder than simply installing a VPN application…
iOS VPN app
Using a good VPN app on your iPhone or iPad will be easy to set up and use, but it may not be as reliable as the built-in configuration. If you want to try an app, here are two iOS VPN apps that seem to work fine according to my tests:
- ExpressVPN for iOS – ExpressVPN has the industry’s best VPN mobile app. They are safe, user friendly and offer excellent performance. This support is also superb, with 24/7 live chat and a 30-day money back guarantee.
- For iOS VyprVPN – iOS running VyprVPN good, allowing you to precisely control which applications on the device through the VPN (which functions like a separate tunnel).
- VPN.ac for iOS – VPN.ac is slightly more expensive than VyprVPN, but they offer many advanced security and privacy features.
Whether you choose to use the built-in iOS VPN settings or the easy-to-use iOS VPN app, any option will help protect your connection and give you more privacy.
Step 3: Block ads, tracking and malware
Online advertising is becoming more and more dangerous.
There have been a number of malicious ads that have affected all devices recently – also known as malvertising . Online advertising is a simple attack vector for the following reasons:
- Most sites host ads from untrusted third-party domains
- Can hijack third-party ad domains and inject malware and ransomware into ads and devices
- No need to click – just load the website to infect your device
This growing problem has even affected major websites such as the New York Times and the BBC.
There are basically two ways to block ads on iOS devices:
- Download the ad blocker app (for example, purify Purify in the Apple store for around $2)
- Use a VPN service with a built-in ad blocker (for example, perfect privacy with TrackStop filtering)
- Install the ad blocker extension on your mobile browser
Try different options to see which one is best for your unique situation.
If you use the TrackStop filter, all ad/tracking/malware domains will be blocked at the VPN server level when you connect via VPN. This is great because it keeps the danger zone away from your device because it’s a server-side feature. TrackStop block:
- Over 30,000 tracking and advertising domains
- More than 45,000 known malware domains
- More than 20,000 phishing domain names
Think of each ad as a digital surveillance camera and protect yourself accordingly.
Step 4: Secure Messaging
Governments, businesses and hackers have been monitoring text messages and listening to calls for years.
So what alternatives do you have to protect your message?
To protect and encrypt your text messages, you can use one of the apps mentioned below.
Signal is a great free option that uses powerful 256-bit AES end-to-end encryption. When you install Signal, it integrates well with your iOS device and protects your data with perfect forward security. Signal’s code is also open source, which is fine.
Threema is another secure messaging option that leverages end-to-end encryption. It is located in Switzerland and is a low-cost ($2.99) replacement for those looking for a more secure messaging option. You can download the iOS version of this and get started.
You can view other secure messaging applications on the Privacy Tools page.
Step 5: Protect your iOS settings
To protect privacy and security, it’s a good idea to modify the default iOS settings. Changing these settings will greatly enhance the privacy and security of your device.
Here are some privacy-enhancing changes:
- Disable fingerprint security with Touch ID. This is another issue that can be used for your privacy/security. US police forced people to use their fingerprints to unlock their phones. You can disable this feature via Settings > Touch ID and Password > Phone Unlock (Disable) .
- Modify the “Today” home screen widget to access it without a password. Just go to the home screen, swipe right, then go to the bottom and select Edit . Remove something that is not absolutely necessary from the unsafe “Today” screen.
- Set a strong password (six digits or longer). You can set up> Touch ID and password> Open password> Password option to perform this operation .
- Stop location tracking and limit which apps can get your location. Go to Settings > Privacy > Location Services (check carefully the applications you want to allow access to your location), then > System Services > Common Locations (turn this option off and clear history ).
- Enable the “Delete Data” feature to “Automatically delete all dates on your iOS device after 10 failed password attempts.” If your phone is lost or stolen, it’s a good idea to protect your private data. Go to Settings > Touch ID and Password > Delete Data (at the bottom – enabled).
- View all the data available to the app. Go to Settings > Privacy and double check everything. In the privacy section, you can also go to the bottom and select Ad > Restrict ad tracking (enabled). This makes it harder for companies to hit you with targeted advertising.
Enjoy safe and unlimited iOS devices!
Finished! Now that you have a secure and protected iOS device, it also gives you unlimited access to the entire Internet (thanks to your VPN service).
This setting has the following advantages:
- Encrypt, protect and anonymize all Internet traffic through a VPN configuration.
- You will not be able to collect data for the application (because all unnecessary applications have been removed).
- Advertising, malware and tracking domains are completely blocked at the VPN server level.
- If you need to use messaging or VOIP, all communications/messages will be protected with end-to-end 256-bit encryption.
- Your iOS settings will provide you with further privacy and security, as well as the proposed changes above.