iPhone

Best ways to secure your Apple iPhone

Keep the firmware up to date

Follow this visual tutorial for securing your iPhone, compiled by Michael Kassner. You can also view these steps in the blog version here.

Like computer operating system software, keeping iTunes and iPhone's firmware up to date is important in reducing the vulnerability footprint. iTunes is at version 9.2.1.4. Here's where to determine the version and check for updates.

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11 comments
richard.artes
richard.artes

Updating firwmware on my iPod nano stopped the ratings working. So I downgraded firmware and it worked again. My preference is: if something works, don't mess with it!!!

chrisbedford
chrisbedford

...it would be great. But, like M$'s updates, Apple's are often more for the cosmetics than functionality, and/or they break more than they fix, as mentioned above. Several people I know (ok, two) tried upgrading to v4 software and very quickly reverted to 3.whatever they had before, because the phone suddenly became unusably slow... not so easy if you haven't made a recent backup. Be warned! Like with all major (or minor) upgrades, TAKE A COMPLETE BACKUP FIRST!

laman
laman

So basic.....

CorporateLackie
CorporateLackie

There is a downside to "keeping up to date". Several of Apple's verion updates have broken syncing with MS Outlook to the point of altering times/dates of appointments in Outlook. Apple's QA seems very sloppy. Check the Apple forums for details if you would like them ....

HighFreak1c
HighFreak1c

Simple steps, not really anything ground breaking or anything not obvious. Zzzz

Steven-in-Alaska
Steven-in-Alaska

Not Compatable, is there another software that will work with the Iphone?

jeffer3
jeffer3

Has saved me more times............ This should be point #1.

ki4ned
ki4ned

just dont buy one, lol

Timbo Zimbabwe
Timbo Zimbabwe

I use Windows 7 64-bit and iTunes v9 works with it just fine.

Gis Bun
Gis Bun

You are probably one of the few using Win XP 64-bit and iTunes. Unfortunately good luck in finding anything else. I don't think Apple even allows third party apps to replace iTunes. Best thing to do is [assuming you're keeping Win XP 64-bit] is maybe run a compatible OS in a VM and sync from there.