Encrypt your iPhone Backups
iPhone backups contain a surprising amount of personal data, from various account and service logins, to fully readable SMS conversations, anyone can easily dig around in the backups locally if they want to. For this reason, it’s a good idea keep these locally stored iPhone backup files encrypted.
How to Encrypt iPhone Backups
This sets encrypts and password protects your iOS backup files, and works the same in Mac OS X or Windows:
- Connect your iPhone to the computer and launch iTunes
- Select the iPhone in the iTunes sidebar, and under the “Summary” tab scroll down to ‘Options’
- Click the checkbox next to “Encrypt iPhone backup” which will bring up a screen to set an encrypted backup password
Do not forget this password! Without it you will not be able to access backed up data. Likewise, you will need to enter the password anytime you restore your iPhone from the backups.
For further securing your iPhone, don’t forget to set an access passcode. You can also take the passcode a step further by activating the “self-destruct” feature of iOS which will automatically erase all data on the device after multiple failed login attempts.
And yes, all of this applies to iPod touch and iPad as well.