iOS Security Recommendations

iOS Security Recommendations

If you own an Apple iOS device (iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad) you likely use it for day to day tasks. Over time, personal information will be stored that you want to keep secure. This help page contains a number of security recommendations to help prevent your personal information from falling into the wrong hands should you misplace your iOS device. If you would like any further information or have any questions, please contact Information Technology at 937-766-7905.

Set a password

There are two types of passwords you can set: a simple passcode and an advanced passcode. A simple passcode is made up of only numbers, while an advanced passcode can include numbers, symbols, and letters. An advanced passcode can be as long as you would like it to be, while a simple passcode is only four digits long.

Set a simple passcode

  1. Turn on your device.
  2. Tap the “Settings” icon.
  3. Navigate to the “General” section > Touch “Passcode Lock.”
  4. Tap “Turn Passcode On.”
  5. The “Set Passcode” dialog box will open. Type in a four digit code of your choice.
  6. Re-enter the four digit code when prompted.

Set an advanced passcode

  1. Follow steps 1-6 above to first create a simple passcode.
  2. After creating a simple passcode, under the Passcode Lock settings, tap “Simple Passcode.” Tap [On] to turn off the Simple Passcode.
  3. Enter your current passcode.
  4. The “Change Passcode” dialog box will open. Type in the passcode of your choice.
  5. Touch [Return] on the keyboard.
  6. Re-enter your advanced passcode to activate it.


It is also recommended that you set your device to erase all of its data if your passcode is entered 10 times incorrectly in case somebody is trying to hack into your device. To enable this setting, navigate to the Passcode Lock settings (“Settings” > “General” > “Passcode Lock”) and activate “Erase Data” (tap “Off” to change it to “On”).

Use the Find my iPhone application

In case you ever misplace your iOS device (leave it somewhere, lose it, have it stolen, etc.), Apple offers an application called Find my iPhone that uses iCloud to locate your device. If this app is installed, you can log into a website that shows you where your device is located on a map. Using the app, you can also remotely lock your device, play a sound at full volume, or wipe all personal information off the device.


The app is universal for all iOS devices, meaning you can also use it with an iPod Touch or iPad.

Install Find my iPhone

  1. Install Find my iPhone on your device by downloading it from the Apple App Store and syncing your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
  2. After syncing, tap the “Settings” icon to open your settings.
  3. Tap “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.”
  4. Make sure “Fetch New Data” is set to “Push.”
  5. Under “Accounts,” tap “Add Account…”
  6. Choose “MobileMe” from the list.
  7. Enter your MobileMe account information (your Apple ID and password).
  8. Tap “Save.”
  9. From the app list, make sure “Find My iPhone” is set to “On.”

Use Find my iPhone

  1. Navigate to:
  2. Type in your Apple ID email and password > Click [Sign In].
  3. Click [Open].
  4. If you have not set up iCloud on your computer, click “set it up” and follow the setup instructions from Apple.
  5. If you have set up iCloud, click [Sign In].
  6. Enter your Apple ID email and password again. Press [Enter].
  7. The website will open a map that displays where your device is located.


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