5 tips from Apple to help users secure their devices and accounts

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Apple continues its focus on privacy and security with some new resources on how to protect your devices, accounts, and personal safety, as it has published a new 20-page support guide titled “Accessing devices and data when personal safety is at risk.”

Whether you have some specific concerns about the security of your data and privacy, or are ready to quickly scan the Apple devices that you use to make sure they are secure, today we’re going to review some important tips that Apple provides to help you with that:

1- Check devices linked to Apple ID:

You can check devices that you log in to with your Apple ID through any Apple device you have, or through the Apple website.

First: How to check the list of devices associated with Apple ID in iPhone and iPad:

Go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

Click on your name, then scroll down and under the (Family Sharing) section, you will see a list of all devices associated with your Apple ID.

– Click on the name of any device to view its information, such as: device model, serial number, OS version, is the device reliable or not, and can it be used to receive Apple ID verification codes or not.

– The information may vary according to the device type, and you may need to answer your security questions to view the devices’ details.

Second: How to check the list of devices associated with Apple ID in a Mac:

– Click on the Apple menu in the menu bar.

From the drop-down menu that appears, click on the System Preferences option.

Click on your Apple ID, a list of devices connected to your account will appear on the left side of the screen. Here, you can click on any device to view its data.

If you find any device that you do not want to be linked to your Apple ID for any reason; You can follow the following steps to delete:

– After accessing the list of devices connected to your account, as we mentioned in the previous steps, click on the device to view its details, then click the option to Remove from Account.

Review the message that appears, then press again to confirm that you want to remove the device.

2- Check Face ID and Touch ID settings:

Face ID allows you to securely unlock your iPhone or iPad, authenticate purchases and log into apps, and more, in a secure way, once you recognize your face. Apple also lets you add a theme – if yours might look completely different – so that Face ID can recognize you.

So you should check your Face ID and Touch ID settings to see if there is an alternate theme or fingerprints that can be used to unlock your device without your knowledge, and to do so follow these steps:

Go to Settings on your iPhone or iPad.

– Click on the Face ID & Passcode option, or the Touch ID & Passcode option, depending on the feature supported by the device.

Enter the passcode, if prompted.

Look for an alternate appearance that you do not know and if you find something, tap on the option (Reset Face ID, and after that, tap on the option of Set Face ID, to set it up again.

3- Check your Apple ID security settings:

Go to (appleid.apple.com), then log in with your (Apple ID).

Check the security section to make sure everything looks right, and if you haven’t enabled the two-factor authentication feature, make sure to enable it, because this step is a very important part of securing your devices, accounts, and personal data.

4- Check apps:

Check all applications installed in your devices for any application that you have not installed, and if you already find an application that you do not know, delete it immediately. It is also advised to delete the applications that you have not used for a long time.

in addition to; If you care about protecting your privacy; You can take advantage of the (privacy stickers) feature launched by Apple to know the data that applications collect on you before installing them in your device, and to learn how to use this feature, you can review the article: “How to check the data that any application collects before installing it on an iPhone or iPad.”

5- Search for (profiles) profiles that you do not know:

Profiles define the settings for using an iPhone with corporate or school networks or accounts. You may be asked to install a profile on your device for a party, and this file may be sent to you in an email message, or downloaded from a webpage.

You are asked for permission to install it, and information about the file’s contents is displayed when you open it. So you should check this section frequently to look for outdated or unrecognized profiles, and delete them.

You can see the profiles you have installed by following these steps:

Go to Settings on the iPhone.

Click on General.

Tap on Profiles & Device Management option if you find any profile you don’t know, delete it immediately. If you delete profile all settings, applications and data associated with it will be deleted as well.



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