9 iOS Security Settings You Should Change Right Now

You can never be too careful when it comes to your privacy. There will always be something or someone trying to steal your valuable information. That’s why you have a good software on your mobile device that helps you keep all the dangers away.

But have you ever considered the idea that you might be handing over your information to others on a silver platter? You might not be doing this on purpose, but the security settings you have set up on iOS 10 might be giving away more information than you would like.

1. Reduce Your Auto-Lock Timeout

The faster your iOS 10 device locks, the less likely someone will be able to access it. To avoid your information being looked at by the wrong person, you can reduce the auto-lock timeout by going to “Settings -> Display & Brightness -> Auto-Lock.” I have my iPad lock in two minutes.


2. Remove Your Lock Screen Widgets and Notifications

Even if your iOS 10 device is locked, someone can easily see your information if they swipe right. They will easily be able to see information such as Calendar, Reminders and more. To remove the widgets from your lock screen, go to “Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode -> Enter Passcode -> Toggle off Today View.”


As long as you’re there, you can also toggle off the Notifications View, and you can even have your iOS 10 device erase all data when someone tries to enter the wrong passcode more than ten times. It’s a great way to keep your information safe.

3. Turn Off Share My Location

You know what they say, sharing is caring – but maybe not when it comes to your location. The less information you give out the better. To turn off your location, go to “Settings -> iCloud -> Share My Location -> Turn off Share My location.”

4. Stop Safari from Tracking You Online

Some users don’t mind being tracked, but if you do mind, the good news is that you can stop Safari from tracking while you surf the Web. To do this go to “Settings -> Safari -> Toggle off Do Not Track.”

5. Disable Diagnostics and Usage

It’s also a good idea to turn off “Diagnostics and Usage” since this is information on how you use your iOS 10 device that can also be shared with app developers. If you want to keep this information private, go to “Settings -> Privacy -> Diagnostics & Usage.” Make sure that “Don’t Send” is checked.


6. Prevent Safari from Saving Your Passwords

If someone gets past your lock screen, they can easily gain access to your passwords. To handle this, go to “Settings -> Safari -> Passwords,” and tap on the edit button located at the top of your display. Choose any sites that have saved passwords so you can erase them.

7. Disable Notifications Preview

The notifications preview can be very useful since you can see your information. It can also be dangerous because anyone that happens to pass by just as the notifications come in can see it. To protect your privacy, disable it by going to “Settings -> Notifications -> Messages -> Disable Show Previews.”

8. Limit Ad Tracking

It’s no secret that our information is used to show ads that we might be interested in. If you don’t want your information to be shared at all, go to “Settings -> Privacy -> Advertising -> Toggle off Limit Ad Tracking.”


9. Auto-Delete Messages

With so many things to do, you could easily forget to erase certain messages. Why not let your iOS 10 device do the work for you by auto-deleting your messages? To set this up, go to “Settings -> Messages -> Keep Messages -> 30 Days.” The less time you have then on your device, the better it is.


You can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your sensitive information. The tips mentioned in this article will keep your information away from others. How do you keep your iOS 10 device safe? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.


  1. Obviously IOS offers better privacy options than Android anyway. Since I am not using any online service (facebook, twitter etc. for privacy as human rights purposes) I have already implemented all of above. Just I am waiting for a kind of a social media that I will own (like others, everybody will own his/her own social media that will have federated sharing option, not online advertisers convert people to their products.) :-D

    Thank you for your great article and support for people’s privacy.

  2. Maybe im just special so, sorry if this is a stupid question

    Can you please clarify #4 & #8 because it looks like you enabled them by ‘toggling off’ since the connotation is already indicating its off or inactive

    Thank you- i always go thru all my settings for these kinds of changes after an update
    You should list how to deactivate ‘Frequent Locations.’ Every time I show someone how they’re being tracked, peoples reactions are always jaw dropping

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