The all new iOS 12 is finally out, and the new version comes with a slew of interesting features. While you can’t help but get carried away by its interactive features, don’t forget that the new version also comes with a bunch new security settings that you need to check out and take advantage of.

In this article, we cover five important security settings and seven hidden features of the all new iOS 12. We have divided the article into two sections. The first section covers security settings and the second covers hidden features.

Five security settings of iOS 12

1. Keep the Automatic Updates on

Automatic updates can be annoying at times, but they can also be quite helpful. In iOS 12 the Automatic Updates setting can help you overcome security concerns. Every time your iPhone or iPad updates it brings in a stack of security patches to help users prevent data theft or crashes. So, all you’ve go to do is to keep that Automatic Updates ‘on’.
Head to Settings > General > Software Update and turn on the Automatic Updates.

2. Restricting USB access to prevent hacking

Hackers use several tools and devices to bypass a phone’s lock screen. The new USB Restricted Mode in the iOS 12 is specifically designed to prevent accessories (like USB cables and headphones) connecting to your device when it has been locked for more than a specific time.

To enable this setting, go to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, and then type in your passcode. Then, scroll down and turn off the setting that permits USB Accessories on your phone’s lock screen. Once you turn off, your device will not permit accessories on the lock screen.
Note: If you are using iPhone X, please check your Face ID settings to enable it.

3. Two-Factor Authentication

Safeguarding accounts on devices has been one of the prime concerns among users. Two factor authentication has been in use already, but they had turned out to be cumbersome and even annoying. To counter this challenge, the iOS 12 comes with a new feature that auto-fills the code, making the process much easier.

Usually, you will be prompted to switch on the two-factor when setting up your phone. If you’ve missed it, here’s how to set it up.

Go to Settings, tap your name, and then go to Password & Security, and then tap on Turn on Two-Factor Authentication, and then follow the prompts.

4. Use 6 digit passcode

Four digit passcodes has been the norm for years now. The new iOS 12 takes the passcode security a step further by allowing you to use six digit passcode, or set a number only code of your preferred length (any length). This makes it extremely difficult for people when they try to gain unauthorized entry into your device.

You can enable the 6 digit custom numeric code by going to Settings > Touch ID & Passcode, enter your passcode, and then go to Change Password. Then, from the options, tap on Custom Numeric Code and set your code.

5. Reused password alert

Hackers use Credential Stuffing (reused passwords on multiple sites) to gain access into sites that users used to login with the same username and password. In order to close this gap, iOS 12 has reinforced its password manager with a new feature called Password auditing. This feature will quickly alert you if you’ve used the same password on multiple sites.

You can check if you have any reused passwords by going to:

Settings > Passwords & Accounts > Website & App Passwords, and enter your passcode. Now, you’ll see warning symbol next to each account. It will tell you how many times you’ve reused your password. To change the reused password, just tap on Change Password on Website.

Hidden features in iOS 12

1. Face ID 2

Now that Face ID is gaining traction, where else would it go than ahead? So what’s next? With the new iOS 12, Apple lets you add an alternate person (spouse or a friend) to unlock your phone.
To set up alternate Face ID, go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Set Up an Alternate Appearance.

2. 3D Touch

The iOS 12 comes with an improved 3D Touch with new Camera and Note shortcuts. By hard pressing the Camera icon you can quickly jump to scan a QR code. And when you hard press the Note icon, it brings up a new shortcut to scan documents.

3. Silent Notifications

Notifications can be annoying, especially with the News apps. But there is a way to quieten these notifications. Just swipe on the notification on the lock screen to bring out the Manage Notification pop up. Tap on Deliver Quietly button. By selecting this option the notifications will not buzz and will skip the lock screen. If you want to view the notifications, you can manually pull them up from the Notification Center.

4. Use Airpod as a Hearing Aid

Now Airpods can be used for other than listening to music. Thanks to the new feature called Live Listen, which lets you turn your Airpod into a hearing aid device. To activate this function, go to Settings > Control Center > Customize and then tap on ‘Hearing’.

5. Drag and drop that Memoji

Memojis are cool. With the new iOS version, they got even more cool. Go ahead and exploit those Memojis. Apart from recording voice and sending them as messages, now you can even drag and drop those Memojis on a picture or selfie.

6. View detailed battery usage

A small icon showing a device’s battery life belongs to the past. The new iOS 12 gives you an in-depth look at your device’s battery consumption. Go to Settings > Battery and then scroll down to view detailed analytics on your battery usage, such as battery health, battery activity, Screen On usage, Screen Off usage, and Battery Usage by App.

7. Siri

Without a doubt, one of the big features upgrades of iOS 12 is of Siri. Siri will suggest contextual app shortcuts right on the Lock Screen and Search pane. However, you won’t find this feature on iPhone 6 or older versions.

Irish & South African voices
You are familiar with American and British voices in Siri, now you get a chance to hear Irish and South African male and female voice assistants at your service.

To choose Siri voice, go to Settings > Siri Search > Siri Voice

Siri in Lower Power Mode
Also, this time Siri can work even in Low Power mode, a feature that was disabled in the previous (iOS 11) version.

The above mentioned are some of the top security settings and features of the new iOS 12. However, there are several other features added to the new version. We believe this article has helped you gain some interesting information about the iOS 12. If you like to explore complete set of features of the new version, check out Apple’s iOS 12 features official page.

Happy exploring!