Apple is renowned for setting high standards for privacy and security of data for its users but iPhones aren’t safe from hackers. Criminals are able to steal sensitive information by stealing data from iPhone applications that gather the data on a daily bases. This includes browsing history images, passwords, images and the current location.
The easiest way to secure your iPhone against malicious apps is to use a strong passcode -one that you can actually remember and don’t write down somewhere (you should be doing this anyway). By turning off notifications on your lock screen will also stop anyone from accessing your personal information without unlocking your phone.
If you want to go a step farther then you can use the Screen Time feature to create an alphanumeric passcode that you can customize, or deactivate access to your 4-digit numeric passcode. This makes it harder for a burglar to brute force your passcode. You can also enable the feature that erases all data stored on your iPhone after 10 incorrect passcode attempts, rendering your device unusable to thieves — but it could be useless for you if you’re unable access your iCloud pictures or other content.
Also, you should consider installing a reliable mobile security application like Clario. It can alert you to sites that are malicious and protect your identity from stealing on Instagram and other social media platforms blocking annoying ads and potentially dangerous ones, increase your security by using VPNs, protect your privacy using VPN and more.