How to secure your iOS Lock Screen

1641290516 How to secure your iOS Lock Screen

Configure your iOS Lock Screen to prevent your device builders from reading messages, viewing the Today View, or interacting with Siri if your device does not work solve first.

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We spend a lot of time on our mobile iOS devices and securing our devices with Touch ID and Face ID may seem like all we need to do to our data protection. However, there is other data available on the Lock Screen, through Siri, or through the Today View that is still read by data thieves or viewers who may gain valuable information.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to check the Lock Screen so that your messages and push notifications are visible to no one but yourself when you pick up your device. We do this by disabling push notification previews when locked, turning off Siri when the device is locked, and disabling Today View access when the device is locked.

Doing all of these things will make your device more secure and prevent viewers, or someone building your device, from being able to access any valuable information on it. the Lock Screen. All of these tips work on both the iPhone and iPad and the instructions are the same no matter what device you are using.

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    How to Disable Contact Previews and the Today View

    Messages and messages from third-party apps you do not want can be privately stored to allow someone to see if they are picking up your locked iPhone or iPad.

    To view what an anonymous user sees on the Lock Screen for Touch ID devices, use the following steps:

    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Select Touch ID & Passcode.
    3. Scroll to the section labeled Allow Accessibility when locked and disconnected today View, Information Center, Control Center, Message Response, Home Control, Wallet, and Recover Missing Calls, for the maximum security (Figure A.).

    Figure A.

    secure-ios-lockscreen-figure-a.jpg

    Examining items in this category will not be available from the Lock Screen when the user is not authenticated with a passcode, Touch ID, or Face ID.

    However, if you are on an iOS device with a Face ID, however, you do not need to turn off these features. Instead, navigate and enable the following feature:

    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Select Face ID & Passcode.
    3. Scroll to the Attention section.
    4. Enable the option for Attention Attention Features (Figure B.).
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    Figure B.

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    The Attention Aware Features setting is available on iPhone and iPads with ID sensors.

    When this option is enabled, you will not be able to view notifications on the Lock Screen or the Information Center until the face of the device owner is visible with the Face ID sensor. All the data will be hidden in the information until the user is authenticated and then visible. This feature can also provide some other nifty features including not dimming the screen when you just look at it.

    However, even with these Attention Alerts enabled on Face ID devices, the Today View will still be visible, so if you have any information in widgets that should not be visible without authentication, you can turn off the Lock Screen when unknown by following the first set of instructions above.

    How to turn off Siri

    Siri can provide a lot of personal information - although most of it can be protected from first authentication. You can also make sure that Siri cannot be used on your device unless you have first verified it.

    Siri is relatively secure by asking you to unlock your device for many personal interaction requests, but if you want to ensure the highest level of privacy protection, you can disable Siri completely on the Lock Screen unless your device has been authenticated with the passcode, Touch ID, or face ID first.

    To enable this security feature, navigate to the Settings app, then perform the following actions:

    1. Select Siri & Search.
    2. Turn off version for Allow Siri When Locked (Figure C.).

    Figure C.

    secure-ios-lockscreen-figure-c.jpg

    It is very easy to turn off Siri on the Lock Screen when the device is locked.

    Now every time you try Siri and any personal applications that allow it, you first need to enter your passcode or authenticate with Touch ID or Face ID.

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