“If security were all that mattered, computers would never be turned on, let alone hooked into a network with literally millions of potential intruders” - Dan Farmer, An American computer security researcher and programmer
iPhones are the most popular mobile phone on the market today, and thankfully, the most secure, if you choose to make it that way.
To encrypt your iPhone's contents you need to go into settings and set a strong passcode. At the bottom of the screen a message should appear that says, "Data protection is enabled." By setting a passcode on your iPhone, when someone gains physical access to your device, they will not be able to get the content off your phone without the passcode, even if they try to hack into it. When your iPhone is locked with a passcode, Apple's state of the art encryption tools protect your phone. When unlocked, this encryption is not there. So, setting a strong passcode on your iPhone is a must.
If you are ever arrested or being questioned and your iPhone has touch capability turned on, turn off your phone before the authorities take it. If you turn off your phone, once they have you in custody and turn it back on, Touch ID will be disabled and they will need you to enter your password. The reason to do this is because it is still not clear whether or not the authorities can compel you to use your fingerprint to unlock your phone. By law, they cannot compel you to type in your password under the 5th amendment. Right now it is legal grey area of whether or not the authorities can compel you to use your fingerprint to unlock your phone. There was a recent case in Chicago where the judge actually ruled that compelling someone to use their fingerprint was illegal under the 5th amendment, however, this is only the first case where a judge came to this conclusion. So, better to just power it off before something like this happens, just in case.
Some other iPhone tips to consider if you are running iOS 8 or lower:
Encrypt your iPhone backups on iTunes
Use a long password generated by a password manager for your iCloud account and iPhone
Turn on the feature where after 10 failed password attempts, your iPhone will be wiped of its data
Set up remote erase with Find my iPhone
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