The passcode on your iPhone is the only thing that stands between you and your personal information. Here’s how to make it even more secure.
When you enable a passcode on your iPhone, you’re essentially putting your device on lockdown so that only you can access the information that’s stored on it. By default, you can set a four-digit numeric passcode, which is pretty secure for the most part, but it’s not the most secure option. All it takes is a little bit of luck for someone to guess your iPhone passcode, especially if you have an easy passcode set up.
Instead of just using a four-digit passcode, you can make your iPhone passcode even more secure by entering more than four numbers and even include letters. We’ll show you how to enable this feature on your iPhone in iOS 8, as well as provide you with some tips on how to create a more secure passcode in the first place.
Enabling Your iPhone’s Complex Passcode Feature
If you want to be able to enter in a more-secure passcode than just a four-digit numeric selection, follow these simple steps to make it happen:
Open the Settings app and select Touch ID & Passcode. If your iOS device doesn’t have Touch ID, it will just be Passcode.
Where it says Simple Passcode, tap on the toggle switch to the right to turn it off.
You’ll be asked to enter in your current passcode and then you’ll create a new passcode where you can enter in letters, numbers, and punctuation.
Click Done in the upper-right corner to save the changes.
Now, whenever you go to enter in your passcode, you’ll enter in your new complex passcode that’s much harder for others to guess.
Creating a Better Passcode
The reason for having a passcode enabled on your iPhone is so that unauthorized users can’t get access to it. Enabling a passcode and setting one up is the first step, but you also need to make it secure and difficult to guess.
You have a simple four-digit passcode set up, you want to make sure that it’s not easy to guess, which means that it shouldn’t be 0000 or 1234, but rather something more random, like 4937 or 0928. Better yet, tie your passcode into something that’s memorable to you, like a birthday or your lucky numbers.
If you have a complex passcode enabled, treat as a regular password for your online accounts. Hopefully your email password is somewhat complex and not something simple like “password,” but rather “CoolGuyPaul4395.” Use this same complexity with your complex passcode on your iPhone.
Is a Complex Passcode Necessary?
While creating a complex passcode on your iPhone can increase the security of it, is it really necessary to do so?
Look at it this way: There are 10,000 different passcode options if you choose to use a simple four-digit numeric passcode. That’s a lot of options, and it would take forever for someone to go through and just try different four-digit passcodes, let alone the fact that they would get locked out after a few wrong guesses. However, it’s still imperative that you use a good passcode rather than 0000 or 1234, as those are one the first passcodes that are guessed when someone is trying to get access to your iPhone.
So in the end, a complex password isn’t extremely necessary, but if you want the best security for protecting your personal information on your iPhone, then having a complex passcode is one way to make that happen.