Table of Contents
- Why add an extra lock?
- What to do to make the iPhone lock the screen when accessing banking apps
- Hide your apps for greater security
- Tips to keep your cell phone safer
When we talk about security and access to banks, there is little precaution. This is because more and more scams and strategies are emerging to steal bank accounts. Fortunately, for iPhone users there are certain additional options to protect your banking apps or any other apps.
Why add an extra lock?
We all know that each bank will ask you for a password to access your checking or savings account. However, imagine the following situation: you are walking down the street with your unlocked iPhone in hand, when suddenly you are robbed. In this case, the robber can simply reset your bank passwords and withdraw all your money, or even make absurd loans in your name.
This is just one of the possibilities that involve the importance of having additional protection in your banking apps. Thinking about a private matter, having an extra lock is also useful when you don't want to be caught off guard by someone using your cell phone and having access to your banking information, such as balance and debt on credit invoices.
What to do to make the iPhone lock the screen when accessing banking apps
Without further ado, check out the step-by-step guide to configure your iPhone so that the screen locks automatically as soon as your banking apps are accessed, making it possible to unlock using your Face ID or your device's password.
Step 1: Open the app "Shortcuts” from your iPhone;
Step 2: Please click "Automation";
Step 3: Go in “Create personal automation”;
Step 4: Please click "App" And check the “For Open”;
Step 5: After that, choose all the banking apps and other apps you want to protect;
Step 6: Click on "Ok","Next” and go to “add action";
Step 7: Now search for “lock screen” and click "Following";
Step 8: Uncheck the option “Ask when running".
Now every time the bank apps are accessed, the iPhone screen will be locked. It is worth noting that this option works on iPhones 8 and newer models, as long as iOS is updated to the latest version. 16.4 version or more recent.
Hide your apps for greater security
There is still another option to guard against prying eyes or bank theft attempts with your iPhone, so keeping your banking apps out of reach is an important step in ensuring the security of your financial information.
On iPhone devices, there is a useful option to do this: hiding apps. This way, even if someone gains access to your phone, your confidential information will be protected.
To keep your apps, whether banking or not, hidden, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Access the “Settings” from your iPhone.
Step 2: Touch “Siri and Search".
Step 3: Look for your bank's app in the list.
Step 4: Disable the option “Show on Home Screen".
When you do this, the app will no longer be displayed on your device's main screen, making it harder for prying eyes to find. This adds an extra layer of security, especially in situations where you need to lend your phone to someone or leave it in a public place.
Tips to keep your cell phone safer
Security and privacy are not exclusive concerns for iPhone users or for those who have open accounts with digital banks. On the contrary, when it comes to information security, every person with a smartphone is at risk of having their data corrupted, manipulated and violated. Therefore, below we have separated some important tips so that the information on your smartphone is not so vulnerable.
Keep Your Software Updated
Keeping your cell phone and applications updated is essential to maintain security. Updates often contain fixes for security vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers. In the case of banking apps, updates often include improvements to protection and authentication features. Be sure to enable automatic updates on your device to ensure you are always protected against the latest threats.
Use two-factor authentication (2FA)
Enable two-factor authentication whenever possible. This adds an extra layer of security by requiring you to provide not only your password, but also a one-time code generated in real time, sent to your phone or email. Even if someone gets your password, they still won't be able to access your account without the authentication code. Check whether your banking apps support 2FA and enable this option immediately.
Avoid public Wi-Fi networks for financial transactions
Public Wi-Fi networks are convenient, but they can be insecure as they make it easier for hackers to access your information. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks to access your banking apps or carry out financial transactions. If you need to do something sensitive, use your mobile network or a safe and secure Wi-Fi connection.
Use strong and different passwords
Using strong and unique passwords for each application is essential. Avoid obvious passwords such as birthdays or “123456”. Use a combination of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special characters. Consider using a reliable password manager to keep track of all your complex passwords. Remember that your banking information, or otherwise, is valuable and protecting it with strong passwords is an essential measure to maintain your security online.
Remember that the security of your financial data is a priority. By taking steps like this, you are further strengthening your defenses against potential cyber threats and ensuring the protection of your personal information.
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Review made by Glauco Vital on 24/08/23 and Pedro Bomfim on 06/09/23