Today, millions of people rely upon smart phones during the course of any given day. Yet while a lot of media attention surrounds security problems associated with online desk top and lap top computers, many consumers still mistakenly presume Internet-connected mobile phones offer almost complete online privacy. Unfortunately, some recent developments highlight the need to take precautions against hacking even when using an iPhone. A growing number of iPhone repair issues relate to security breaches.

The Myth of Smart Phone Security

Possibly the public’s confidence in smart phones as inherently secure communications tools stemmed initially from the more limited capabilities of cell phones versus desktop computers. Yet as the power of Internet connected phones has expanded, so have the risks that phone users may become hacking targets. This issue gained wider notice as the iPhone’s impressive technology has come to rival that of some PCs.

Television series such as Person of Interest (2011) helped popularize the notion that private investigators and police agencies could tap into smart phone communications, and even track phone users with the assistance of GPS technology. More recently, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that someone (in the view of his company’s security team, probably Saudi Arabian agents) had invaded his privacy. The hackers accessed his smart phone conversations without his consent. When hacking intrudes upon the world’s wealthiest business mogul, this problem clearly potentially impacts every phone user.

Security Company Warnings

What steps can iPhone users take to help reduce hacking risks? Security experts recommend taking basic precautions to protect your smart phone and your personal data. Consider implementing some of these precautions:

  1. Use a password to access your phone.
  2. Keep your smart phone locked when not in use.
  3. Never share your account passwords, and do not save them (hackers sometimes steal stored passwords and login information).
  4. Install IOS updates to maintain your iPhone in a current condition; many updates offer solutions for app security problems.
  5. Install security software specifically designed to protect mobile devices.
  6. Exercise caution using free WiFi hot spots and phone chargers, because some hackers break into mobile devices in these environments.
  7. Don’t share your smart phone with casual acquaintances, or leave the phone unattended in public places.
  8. If you notice configuration changes you did not authorize, suspect hacking as the most likely cause.