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5 Tips from Apple to help you secure your devices and accounts


Apple continues to focus on privacy and security with some new resources on how to protect your devices, accounts, and personal safety, publishing a new 20-page support guide entitled "Access to devices and data when personal safety is at risk."

Whether you have some specific concerns about the security of your data and your privacy or are ready to quickly check the Apple devices you use to make sure they're secure, today we'll review some important tips apple is offering to help you with this:

1- Check the devices associated with the Apple ID:

You can check which devices you've signed in with your Apple ID from any Apple ID, or via the Apple Website.

First, how to check the list of devices associated with Apple ID on iPhone and iPad:

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

  • Click on the name of any device to display its information, such as: device model, serial number, operating system version, whether the device is trusted or not, and whether it can be used to receive Apple ID verification codes.
  • Information may vary depending on the type of device, and you may need to answer security questions for device details.

Second, how to check the list of devices associated with the Apple ID in the Mac:

  • Click on the Apple menu in the menu bar.
  • From the drop-down menu that appears to you, click on the System Preferences option.
  • Click on the Apple ID, you'll see a list of devices connected to your account on the left of the screen. Here you can click on any device to see its data.

 If you find any device you don't want to be associated with 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 mentioned in the previous steps, click on the device to see its details, and then click on the Remove from Account option.
  • See the message that appears to you, then press back to confirm that you want to remove the device.

 2- Check face ID and Touch ID settings:

Face ID lets you securely unlock your iPhone or iPad, authenticate purchases, sign in to apps, and so on in a secure way once you recognize your face. Apple also lets you add a look — if your look may look completely different — so Face ID can recognize you.

So you should check your Face ID and Touch ID settings to see if there is an alternative look or alternative fingerprints that can be used to unlock your device without your knowledge, and to do so follow the following 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 a device.
  • Enter the access code, if requested. 

  • Find an alternate look you don't know and if you find something, press the reset Face ID option, and then press set Face ID to set it up again.

3- Check apple ID security settings:

Go to appleid.apple.com, then log in with your Apple ID.
Check with the security department to make sure everything looks right, and if you haven't done the binary authentication feature, make sure you activate it, because this step is a very important part of securing your devices, accounts, and personal data.

Check out the applications:

Check all the apps installed on your devices for any app you haven't installed, and if you find an app you don't know, delete it immediately, and delete apps you haven't used in a long time.

In addition, if you're interested in protecting your privacy, you can take advantage of Apple's Privacy Stickers to feature to see what data apps collect about you before installing them on your device, and to learn how to use this feature, you can see an article: "How to check the data that any app collects before installing it on your iPhone or iPad."

5. Look for profiles that you don't know:

Profiles determine iPhone usage settings with corporate or school networks or accounts. You may be asked to install a profile on your device for what was sent to you in an email, or downloaded from a web page. You are asked to install it and display information about the contents of the file when you open it. So you should check this section constantly to find out old or unknown profiles, and delete them:

You can see the profiles you've installed by following the following steps:

  • Go to Settings.
  • Click on the General (General) option.
  • Click on profiles & Device Management if you find any profile you don't know, delete it immediately. If you delete the profile, all settings, apps, and associated data will also be deleted.