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June 08, 2017
Different than two-step authentication, two-factor authentication is the latest in Apple ID security from Apple. When two-factor authentication is turned on, even someone who knows your Apple ID password won’t be able to sneak into your account. This is because two-factor authentication requires a confirmation from a trusted Apple device when someone is attempting to sign into your Apple ID account. And you can always turn off two-factor authentication if you don't like it. Here’s how to set up two-factor authentication on iPhone.
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April 19, 2017
When you allow Siri to be accessed from your Lock screen, you may want to consider what Siri is capable of doing without unlocking your device. For example, let’s say you’re in a room with multiple other people. If one of them were to activate Siri when you have Voice Dial turned on, they could tell Siri to call someone without needing your passcode. But if you have Voice Dial turned off, Siri won’t make the call until you enter your iPhone’s passcode. This may or may not be important to you, but it’s good to know what can and cannot be accessed from Lock screen. Here’s how to turn Voice Dial off on iPhone.
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April 01, 2017
Facebook knows privacy concerns are at the forefront of users’ minds. Many of you are wondering, "how much of my profile information can people who aren’t my friends see?" "Can I hide my Facebook friends list? How can I hide my Facebook photos?" Luckily, Facebook has a feature called Privacy Checkup that allows you to easily see and change your privacy settings. Here’s how to make Facebook private by changing your Facebook privacy settings on iPhone.
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March 23, 2017
Few people know that the passwords you’ve saved in Safari are available to view on your iPhone. Don’t worry about security, your fingerprint (Touch ID) or Face ID is needed to access the passwords. But if you’ve forgotten your login name or password, this tip makes it easy to find and view them. Here’s how to view your Safari login names and passwords.
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March 22, 2017
Instagram introduced My Story to the app a while back. My Story allows users to film or snap pictures and short videos to share with their followers. If a follower is on at the right time, they can even tune into your Story in real time, or they can tap on your circle at the top of their Instagram feed later on to watch it. Your Story lasts a day before disappearing, allowing your followers to keep up with you in yet another way. But maybe there are some followers you’d rather didn’t view your Story on Instagram. You have the option to hide your Instagram Story from specific people; here’s how.
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March 16, 2017
If you’re concerned about Notes disappearing on your iPhone, creating all your Notes in your iCloud Notes folder is the best way to go. But if you have a note with sensitive material that you want to keep super private, you can store those notes locally on your iPhone. To do this, you simply turn the On My iPhone account on for Notes. We’ll go over how to do that. Here’s how to keep your sensitive notes out of the iCloud.
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March 14, 2017
With Find My iPhone, you don’t have to worry as much about losing your phone. Here’s how to set up and use Find My iPhone. It’s easy to set up, and once it's enabled, you will be able to see the location of all your devices right there on the map view. You can even take steps to locate your iPhone if it's dead or offline. The best part of Find My iPhone is being able to see where your iPhone, iPad, and Mac are from any of your devices. That means if you've lost your iPhone, you can find its location from your computer. 
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February 28, 2017
Privacy is a huge topic these days. But despite this, many of us download apps and accept the terms without even thinking about it, thus giving apps access to our contacts, location, social media accounts, and more. If this describes you, no worries. I am going to tell you how you can check your privacy settings on your iPhone or iPad and revoke the access you absentmindedly gave to these apps.
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January 30, 2017
A passcode on an Apple Watch works a bit differently than a passcode on an iPhone. On an iPhone, you have to enter the code or use Face ID or Touch ID every time the screen turns off. But it would be super annoying if you had to enter the password on your Apple Watch each time you lifted your wrist—no one would use one if that were the case. A passcode on an Apple Watch is only asked for when your Apple Watch restarts and when you’ve removed the watch from your wrist and put it back on. That’s why this Apple Watch feature is an effective privacy measure, and not so inconvenient that users won’t bother setting a passcode. Here's how to set a passcode on your Apple Watch.
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November 17, 2016
You know the feeling—you hand your phone over to a friend or family member, intending to show them a single picture, and suddenly you’re watching in horror as they begin swiping through your 50-plus selfies or stumble across your hoard of risqué photos. Thankfully, iPhone has an easy way for you to hide your shots from prying eyes. Within the Photos app, you can choose to hide photos you’ve rather keep private. When you hide photos, they can’t be seen within Years, Collections, or Moments. But if someone really wants to dig for your private photos, they’d still be able to find your hidden photos in Albums. Here’s how to hide your private photos on iPhone.
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November 11, 2016
If you have an iPhone 5s or later, and that iPhone has a Home button, or if you have an iPad that offers Touch ID, you can set it up to work as a passcode for your iPhone or iPad and App Store purchases and for apps like 1Password or Notes. If your iPhone or iPad doesn't have a Home button, you'll want to read our article on how to set up Face ID instead. If you're not sure if your device has Touch ID, see the full list of compatible devices at the end of this article. Using Touch ID is as simple as placing your finger on your Home button, which is where Touch ID resides. Touch ID recognizes your fingerprints, up to five of them. But first you'll need to set up Touch ID and allow it to be used across your device. 
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July 16, 2016
Did you know that your iPhone tracks everywhere you go? It does; and if there is a place you visit often enough, it marks it as a Significant Location (a feature formerly known as Frequent Locations). This tip will show you how to find your iPhone location history in your Location Services settings. And we'll also cover how to turn Significant Locations tracking off and how to clear your iPhone location history, in case looking at the list of all the places you frequently visit gives you the heebie-jeebies.
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July 16, 2016
Did you know that your iPhone tracks everywhere you go? It does; and if there is a place you visit often enough, it marks it as a Significant Location (a feature formerly known as Frequent Locations). This tip will show you how to find your iPhone location history in your Location Services settings. And we'll also cover how to turn Significant Locations tracking off and how to clear your iPhone location history, in case looking at the list of all the places you frequently visit gives you the heebie-jeebies.
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June 17, 2016
It’s a good idea to get in the habit of backing up your devices on a regular basis. Having a recent backup can prevent the loss of photos, passwords, contacts, settings, and other important data in the event your device is ever stolen or destroyed. To keep that backup data secure, it's important to encrypt the backup. In fact, some things, such as your passwords, Health data, and Wi-Fi settings can’t be backed up unless the backup is encrypted. While iCloud backups are always encrypted, iTunes backups are not, so if you prefer to back up your device on your computer, you’ll need to turn on the encryption option in iTunes.
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May 25, 2016
We recently did a tip on how to password protect your notes. This feature was added with iOS 9.3. If you haven’t already set up password protect for notes, you’ll need to check out that tip and set it up first. You may have noticed that unlocking one note unlocks all your notes. Here’s how to lock all of your notes at once.
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May 05, 2016
There’s no doubt that kids absolutely love to play games on iPhones and iPads. But not all games are created for younger children, and you may prefer they don’t play those games. Luckily, you can set restrictions on your child’s iPhone or iPad. This will give you a little more control over the content your child consumes in the age of information. Here’s how to set Game Center restrictions on your child’s iPad or iPhone.
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May 02, 2016
There's no need for most apps to track your location at all times. With older versions of iOS, the only choices you had for location tracking were Always or Never. So if you wanted your photos to be tagged with the location in which they were taken, you had to allow the Camera app to always track your location, which could drain your battery and use your data unnecessarily. Here’s how to how to enable Location Services to work only while an app is in use.
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April 19, 2016
How do you keep your text messages private when reviews of incoming texts appear as banners or alerts on your home screen? Message previews can be handy if you want to quickly decide to reply to a message now, or wait and reply later. But how can you have private text messages on your iPhone with all these previews popping up? After all you don't want friends and family catching sight of private text messages you'd rather they hadn't. Sometimes it's not even an unintentional glance! We all have that one friend or coworker who thinks nothing of grabbing your iPhone to check out the text notifications on your home screen. Luckily, within your Settings app, there’s an easy way to make texts private. You can disable text messages from being displayed on your Home screen while still receiving notifications. Here’s how to keep your messages private and prevent your text messages from being on display for all to see.
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March 27, 2016
Apple has done a great job of making our iPhones secure. If you have data or images on your iPhone that you want no one without the code to ever be able to see, you can set your iPhone to erase all data after 10 failed passcode attempts (this will not delete data in iCloud). This is not a setting you should turn on lightly because if anyone fails to open your phone after those 10 attempts, everything on the phone disappears and you’ll have to start from scratch. However, as a security measure, it’s a great way to make sure your data is secure.
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March 22, 2016
Your Apple ID is the key to using your iCloud account and making purchases in the App and iTunes Stores. If you want to change your Apple ID, perhaps because it is an email address for an account you no longer use, you'll need to sign out of everywhere you use your Apple ID on all your iDevices. This includes the iTunes, iBooks, and App Store, Apple Music, FaceTime, iMessages, GameCenter, iCloud, Find My Friends, and Find My iPhone.
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October 13, 2015
With iOS 9, Apple introduced default six-digit passcodes on new devices for higher security. Previously, the default was a four-digit passcode—although users could still choose to use a longer passcode. It may seem like a small change, but the additional two digits changes the possible combinations from 10,000 to a million. Whether you prefer to stick with a four-digit passcode on your new iPhone or want to make your older iPhone more secure, here’s how to switch.
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