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How to Secure Apple Devices for Your Hybrid and Remote Team – Pt 2

Nov 16, 2022 | Remote Work

[Continued from “How to Secure Apple Devices for Your Hybrid and Remote Team – Pt 1“]

Sign in With Apple Whenever Possible

When you are asked to sign into a new app or service use Sign-In with Apple. This Apple-only service uses your Apple account to create and manage all other online accounts.

Apple keeps its customer data extremely secure with offsite servers to contain your most sensitive information. This also means apps will not have direct access to your personal information.  

Use Apple Authenticator for 2-F to Secure Apple Devices

For other apps that need 2-F management, you can use the Apple Authenticator. This Apple-run key code system offers a secure second-factor method for any app that is programmed to make use of it.

Apple Authenticator makes 2FA available for devices beyond your phone and personal email.  

Hide Your Email in iCloud, Safari, etc

Hide your email. On any cloud service, you join including your Outlook email address and iCloud data handling – hide your email address. This means you are harder to track or skim.

This is a good piece of advice outside of Apple devices, as well. Consider maintaining a catch-all email separate from your personal and work email addresses when you sign up for things for this reason.

Browse Privately With iCloud Relay

Make use of private browsing if you have iCloud by using iCloud Relay. This will allow you to take control of your IP address and – if you choose – mask the location and device you are browsing from.

The relay is like an internal Apple VPN service that obscures your browsing and makes it harder for hackers and trackers to follow your activities or identify your IP, device, or physical location.

Adjust “Shared With Me” Settings to Secure Apple Devices

If you have your live feed notifications on, adjust them. The “Shared with Me” feature shows everything (or some) that your friends have shared recently. Turn down your display settings so that your phone doesn’t accidentally reveal your friends’ personal information (or embarrassing memes) publicly either.

It’s important to manage how devices are now designed for social and work environments. Turning down the social details may be necessary any time a device is used for purely work purposes.

Advanced Apple Device Security Tips

Finally,  if you’re ready for advanced device security, let’s dive into a few steps that take a little more know-how and effort but are worth the cost for great device security.

Control Your Location Data

Don’t let all apps know your location at all times. Set them to “Only while app is open” for location data, when possible. You can also install your apps with all permissions, and then remove those permissions like location tracking that give apps too much insight into your activities.

Grant Location Tracking One Trip at a Time

You can choose to enable location tracking for just one trip at a time. This allows you to use location-enabled app features without revealing your entire weekly routine to tracker apps.

Deny All Apps Tracking Permission

If an app wants to track, do not allow this. Make sure that your phone is not feeding data about you back to a central server – other than Apple of course – by disabling all tracking permissions. Go into your apps list and remove tracking permissions from every app. Especially remove background processing and tracking so that apps can track you when they are not open.

Secure Apple Devices for Your Hybrid and Remote Teams

Protect yourself and your Apple devices from cybersecurity threats and the risks of opportunistic corporate espionage. From kids looking for your Tetris game to strangers at the coffee shop, the right device security measures can make the difference in protecting your personal data and even the device as a whole. Contact us to explore the right cybersecurity solutions for your remote or hybrid team.

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