Switch on these three iPhone settings NOW or risk hack attack

IF YOU’RE worried about iPhone hackers then we’ve got a few tips to help allay your fears.

From making your logins more secure to shielding your passwords from snoopers, here are the security settings worth knowing about.

Your iPhone has a bunch of handy features to help protect it from hackers


Your iPhone has a bunch of handy features to help protect it from hackersCredit: Alamy

Face ID

Once the preserve of sci-fi movies, facial recognition is now a mainstream technology.

Basically, it’s a way of identifying or verifying who a person by scanning their face with a computer.

Its main use is to make sure a person is who they say there are – like Apple’s Face ID, which uses facial recognition to unlock your iPhone.

To set up Face ID:

  • Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. If asked, enter your passcode.
  • Tap Set Up Face ID. 
  • Make sure you’re holding your device in portrait orientation, position your face in front of your device, and tap Get Started.
  • Position your face inside the frame and gently move your head to complete the circle. If you’re unable to move your head, tap Accessibility Options.
  • When you’ve finished the first Face ID scan, tap Continue.
  • Gently move your head to complete the circle for a second time.
  • Tap Done.
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Two-factor authentication

Setting up two-factor authentication (2FA) is one of the easiest ways to stop hackers in their tracks.

It protects your account by requiring an extra level of verification before logging in – on top of your password.

It means that if your password has been hacked (or guessed), your account will still be safe.

You can activate 2FA on your Apple ID – the account which contain user personal information and settings, and which you need for iCloud.

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Once enabled, you’ll be required to enter a special code sent via text or email, which you enter to log in addition to your password.

  • Go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security. 
  • Tap Turn On Two-Factor Authentication.
  • Tap Continue.
  • Enter the phone number you want to receive verification codes on when you sign in. You can choose to receive the codes by text message or via an automated phone call.
  • Tap Next.
  • Enter the verification code to verify your phone number and turn on two-factor authentication.

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