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Keep your iPhone super secure. This app shows you how

This iOS security scanner delivers a crash course in protecting your iPhone or iPad. In fact, iVerify does a much better job of explaining new iOS features and security than Apple does.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

A big part of making security work is educating users about its importance, and how quickly -- and usually, effortlessly -- the bad guys can take advantage of our mistakes.

Security education is exactly what iVerify Basic delivers.

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First and foremost, iVerify Basic is a security scanner that ensures you are using the iPhone's basic security features such as Face/Touch ID and Screen Lock, and are running the latest iOS version. It also runs a device scan that looks for security anomalies and notifies you if something seems out of place.

It can be difficult to spot if an iPhone has been hacked, so having a tool installed that keeps an eye out for the telltale signs of intrusion offers peace of mind.

iVerify Basic is packed with guides that look at the many different security features built into iOS, and how you can take advantage of them to secure your iPhone (or iPad).

There's also a whole raft of other cool stuff, from information on securing your various accounts -- including Apple, Facebook, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter; information on activating DNS over HTTPS; a periodic reboot reminder (a simple way to protect yourself from remote exploits); and even a page that offers the latest security news.

iVerify Basic is a brilliant app that receives regular updates to keep the information fresh. Within days of a new iOS version release, the app is updated with new tips, tricks, and information about that particular release.

iVerify Basic does a much better job of explaining new iOS features and security than Apple does.

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iVerify Basic can also watch for changes to your iPhone that might quietly compromise your security -- such as the addition of biometric data, which might belong to another person who has access to your device without your knowledge. 

I have my iVerify Basic set to remind me to reboot my iPhone every week -- this is one of the easiest ways to deter attackers trying to infiltrate your iPhone, per the NSA.

iVerify Basic is not free -- it costs $0.99 -- but it's truly worth the money if you take security seriously. Even if you know your way around iOS well, you're likely to learn a few new things from the various guides contained in this app. iVerify Basic is a great way to get up to speed on new features in new iOS releases.

iVerify Basic requires iOS 13 or later or iPadOS 13 or later. There is also a newly released version available for Android. The company also offers an enterprise-grade solution called iVerify EDR.

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