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The importance of choosing a strong password for your iPhone

The iPhone is considered one of the safest smartphones in the world. Its data encryption system has already provoked the ire of government agencies, such as the FBI who even went to court against Apple because he couldn’t find the unlock password for an iPhone 5c.

However, all this effort to create strong security technologies is of no use in nothing if the user places a weak password or too easy to be discovered.

This article aims to pull your ear and make you analyze whether your password is currently protecting you for real or if it is only figurative, which will not be effective at the time you need it most. Learn how to choose one strong password for your iPhone.

The gateway to everything

Not everyone realizes that the simple password the device can give access to almost everything on the iPhone, from email accounts, cloud services, contacts and even the biometric record (TouchID or FaceID), allowing changing security layers and making access to other areas of the device even easier. system.

As secure as a system is, they will always find ways to invade it, and it is up to us, users, to make access as difficult as possible. And that involves choosing a strong password that is not obvious.

Specialized devices for unlocking iPhone passwords are beginning to appear. One of them, GrayKey, is able to unlock a 4-digit password in a maximum of 13 minutes (!!!). 6-digit passwords can also be unlocked in less than 24 hours.

This week, we received an email from a reader telling us the case of an iPhone 7 Plus stolen in the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro. The owner suffered from the loss, but initially he was relieved to imagine that the iPhone’s security was strong and, therefore, the bandits would not be able to use or resell the device, turning a paper weight or serving only to resell the parts for a price. much lower. However, because of an obvious password, thieves had access to the entire device reasonably easily.

social engineering

Nowadays the so-called “social engineering” is the great trick used by malicious people to obtain passwords and access to personal accounts of third parties. We have already commented here about the fake SMS they send to victims, but the techniques go well beyond that.

The first thing the bandits did was turn off the device and remove the chip from the operator; therefore, any command performed on the iCloud account by the owner does not reach the device. When using this chip on another cell phone, they found the phone number and searched Facebook for an account connected to it. Upon discovering the user’s profile, they asked for a password reset, with sending by SMS. There, they now have access to the victim’s Facebook account.

Their search for a possible iPhone password lasted a very short time. Upon experiencing the birthday recorded in the social network profile, the device unlocked on the spot. Yes, the device’s incredible 6-number password was the birthday from the owner.

Never use passwords that are too easy

It is useless for Apple to implement features such as Activation Lock or high encryption on the system if the user continues to use obvious and simple passwords. There is no protection in the world that resists a weak password.

It’s like reinforcing the security of your home with steel doors and windows with indestructible bars, but leaving the key under the entrance mat.

You need to be aware that you is largely responsible for the security of your iPhone. If you continue to use a weak password because “it’s easier to type“, Know that in the future you may have good headaches with your data, photos, documents, access to bank apps and cloud accounts in case your device is stolen.

Although this topic is widely discussed, it is estimated that 25% of users worldwide use one of the passwords in the list below:

      • 123456
      • Password
      • 12345678
      • qwerty
      • 12345
      • 123456789
      • 1234567
      • admin
      • a B C 1 2 3
      • 123123
  • This is because people today don’t want to heat their heads with passwords that need to be memorized. However, in doing so, they are facilitating the action of the bandits.

    How to protect yourself

    The short and thick answer is: choose one strong password, nothing obvious, with as many characters as possible. Ideally, it should be alphanumeric (i.e., contain letters and numbers).

    To activate one of these on your iPhone or iPad, follow the steps:


    Step 1: Open the Settings of the system

    Step 2: Access the menu Touch ID and Code (or Face ID and Code) and enter the current device password.

    Step 3: Touch Change Code.

    Step 4: First enter your current code. Then tap Code Options (this button appears only after you have entered your current password).

    Step 5: Choose option Custom Alphanumeric Code.

    Step 6: Enter your new password, being able to choose between letters, numbers and symbols.

    The password needs to be difficult for others people, not for you. Choose something that is easy to remember but is not a password that someone else (or a machine) can quickly discover.

    For a long time it was believed that a good password should consist of letters, numbers and random codes, all mixed together, making it difficult to be discovered. However, one of the creators of this concept, the American Bill Burr, today it no longer agrees with this type of method.

    Creating a difficult password for the user does not mean that it will be impossible to discover by today’s brute force software. In addition, just mixing uppercase, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols ends up causing passwords like “Password1!”, Which are very easy to guess. That’s because people are lazy and don’t want to think too hard when typing the code on the phone.

    The most modern concept states that the important thing is that the password be as long as possible and that it is easy to remember for the owner.

    But the golden rule remains: it cannot be obvious! Therefore, nothing to quote phrases from famous songs, such as “it was like this one” or else “obellaciaobellaciaobellaciaociaociao”. The password has to be big, but it has to be a phrase of yours, that makes sense to you and, in this way, is easy to memorize.

    For example, a password in this style could be something like “anoquevemtrocodeiphone”, or “meupéesquerdotemchulé”. They are long phrases that are easy for you to remember, but that cannot be recovered by social engineering and will make the work of hacking devices and software much more difficult.

    Nowadays the biometrics of the iPhone and iPad make our lives a lot easier. You only need to enter the password when you turn on the device or eventually, as most of the time you use the fingerprint or the face to unlock the device. So there’s no reason for you to keep creating obvious passwords that won’t protect your device.

    Another tip is to never use the same password for different services, because otherwise when you discover one, you gain access to multiple accounts. Create a unique password for your iPhone, another for iCloud, another for Facebook, and so on.

    There are tools that help you to keep all these passwords. IOS itself has the iCloud Keys feature that syncs with all your devices, but some are afraid to use it because these passwords can be accessed by anyone who discovers the device code. But of course, if you enter a password that is difficult to discover, worries about it become meaningless.

    So here’s the tip: worry today with the password you put on your iPhone, so that tomorrow it’s not much of a concern to you.

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