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A: Security is really only as strong as the user behind the machine. iOS, which powers iPhones and iPads, is an extremely secure system with a lot of built-in protections like automatically erasing your phone’s data after 10 failed passcode attempts.
By default, when you set up a new iPhone, you’re asked for a 6-digit numeric passcode (it used to be 4). You’re also offered the option of using up to 5 finger-prints to unlock your phone which in itself is highly secure and I heartily recommend using that option, but nothing is stopping your child from pressing your thumb on the home button while you’re asleep!
By far the most secure password is an alphanumeric one, especially one with unusual symbols, like you can use on any desktop or laptop computer. You’ll be pleased to know that you can enable this option on your iPhone and iPad as well.
To do this, go to Settings and tap on the “Touch ID & Passcode” option. You’ll need to enter your current passcode to access that menu. Once there, scroll down until you find “Change Passcode”. As an added security, you’ll need to enter your passcode again.
From there, you can create a numeric passcode as long as you need it to be, which would be more secure than just 6 (or 4) numbers. However, just above the numeric keypad is “Passcode Options”. Tap on it, tap on “Custom Alphanumeric Code” and you’ll gain access to the regular keyboard, securing the data on your phone in the best, most secure way possible.
STEVE PARIS is an internationally published writer, an Apple Certified Trainer, and provides consultancy training and trouble shooting services to the Swansea area. You can email him at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact him on 077-8866-0407