The iPhone is one of the most expensive mobile phones on the market, and the personal data it holds is extremely valuable to criminals. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal article, hackers are watching users type in their passcodes and finding out how they can guess the code. The information could also be used to reset a password on an Apple ID or gain access to all the information stored in iCloud. Apple is developing updates to combat these tactics. There are a variety of actions that everyone can take to protect their iPhone from app thieving.

Begin by setting a strong passcode. It doesn’t matter if you are using Touch ID, Face ID or the four-digit numeric code ensure that it is as difficult as it is to guess. This is the first step to preventing a thief to access your iPhone and personal data.

Then, you should review all the apps that have access to your location services, camera, microphone and other features on your iPhone. If you notice any suspicious behavior (for example an app that asks for your camera or contacts list), remove those permissions immediately. Also, enable two-factor authentication in the Settings app and any apps that allow it. This will prevent thieves from hacking into your iCloud and downloading your personal information from the cloud.

A reputable security app can provide a wide range of security features that cover the entire iPhone. Trend Micro’s free application Mobile Security, for example it analyzes Internet behavior to identify harmful websites and adware aswell being able to protect your iPhone from identity theft on social media platforms like Instagram. The app also protects your privacy, and has ads blocking features for the most secure protection. F-Secure’s SAFE is another top option for a safe iOS experience. The app provides a comprehensive security suite, with vaults for up to 40 photos and a password leak alert that will notify you when your email password has been leaked.