Apple is famous for setting high standards in privacy of its users and data security however, iPhones aren’t safe from hackers. It’s feasible for criminals to take sensitive information from many iPhone applications that collect it on a daily basis — such as browsing history, personal images or locations, as well as passwords.
The most effective way to safeguard your iPhone against malicious apps is by ensuring that you use a strong passcode- one that you can actually remember and don’t write down in a notebook somewhere (you should be doing this already). The ability to turn off notifications on the lock screen will stop anyone from accessing your personal information without unlocking the phone.
If you want to go a step farther then you can use the Screen Time feature to create a unique alphanumeric passcode or disable access to your 4-digit numeric passcode. This makes it harder for a burglar to brute through your passcode. You can also enable the feature to erase all data stored on your iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts, which renders your device inaccessible to thieves, though it may be useless to you as well if you’re unable to access your iCloud photos or other content.
You should consider installing a mobile security application that you trust, like Clario. It will alert you to harmful websites, safeguard your identity from theft on Instagram and other social media platforms, block annoying and potentially dangerous ads, boost your privacy with a VPN and more.