5 Critical Things You Need To Do Now

If you have already nailed our 5 critical tips - pat yourself on the back, give yourself a gold star and go to the head of the class. You rock!

For everyone else we cannot recommend these tips highly enough, if you want to secure your child's iPhone or iPad and protect them from the prying eyes of hackers. As always these are just the tip of the iceberg - but you have to start somewhere.

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1. Update the Operating System

You will occasionally see a notification on your device's Settings app. This can mean a few different things but primarily it indicates that Apple have made an update available to the operating system, known as iOS.

This will typically include all of the features and improvements to the current iOS, but most importantly of all the security patches to correct the flaws that have been detected.

What is more the device will only show this notification if the update is compatible with the device so do the decent thing; update your iOS.

This is the best way to ensure your device is up to date and protected. Whilst nothing in the world of software is guaranteed to work perfectly 100% of the time, Apple carries out exhaustive amounts of testing to ensure they only release the best quality products. For more help on updating your iOS go here.

Obviously this is not a one-off activity but something you need to do every time an update is available which is only about twice a year. We do not endorse Apple's products but would highly recommend subscribing to their newsletter to ensure you keep up-to-date with pending iOS features and updates; start here.

2. Set Up a Passcode

Goes without saying we know but believe it or not there are children using devices that have no passcode setup or at best they are using their date of birth.

Having a passcode is the essential first step to protecting your child's device, help keep their information secure and teach them child that security and data protection are critical in the world we live in today and tomrrow.

The default passcode setting in iOS is normally for a 4-digit numeric passcode, otherwise known as a simple passcode. You can extend this to 6 digits for slightly greater protection, but if you take device security seriously - or just want to be extra sure no one gets your banking details or personal information, iOS now offers more complex passcode protection.

Look for Passcode Options when you go to change yours.