Does Switching Off Your iPhone For 5 Minutes Each Night Enhance Your Security? Experts Have Their Say

In the past week, you may have come across some very interesting forms of security advice laid down by Australia’s Prime Minister for iOS users.

He claims that every iPhone user needs to switch off their device for a good five minutes each night to attain the benefits of greater security. And as you can imagine, some people were just baffled as to what that might do and why anyone would make such a suggestion.

On the contrary, we had plenty of others mention that’s harmless so why not give it a try. After all, you can never have too much security, right?

Moreover, the statement was very generalized and bizarre and we’re still wondering what he meant by it. But Anthony Albanese was not kidding when making such comments. He says that it works to get rid of cybersecurity risks in the most proactive manner.

Everyone has a responsibility and sometimes the little things can really make a huge difference, he continued. Meanwhile, those watching and hearing the news were appalled when the prime minister gave more suggestions including when and how people could do this act. This includes watching television or even brushing your teeth.

And when we sat down with the experts to see the answer of what such actions could do, we see why he’s been emphasizing this act all along. See, the advice is very similar to that stated by the NSA.

It was very specific and stated how to reboot the device each week as that would help to prevent things such as exploits linked to having zero clicks. Such threats tend to be at the top of the list in terms of targets and they end up attacking certain groups of people and specific individuals.

A host of other tips were also by NSA including stuff such as disabling Wi-Fi and other services like Bluetooth and then data. But such endeavors are usually directed toward those people linked to intelligence sectors and not usually the general masses.

A lot of attacks carried out by government institutions tend to be aimed at those using the iPhone on a routine basis. And high profile targets entail those linked to human rights supporters and lawyers and those having links to the media industry.

Last year in the month of July, we saw tech giant Apple lay down another one of its modes called Lockdown. This particular offering turned out to be a part of the firm’s constant commitment to keeping users safe from such spyware.

For now, the Lockdown Mode is in-built across each new model of iPhone, starting from iOS 16 and going to newer variants. This also has some huge protections in them to restrict exposure to completely nil exploitations.

Some of the common features include blocking texts, disabling certain browsers, blocking users that are unknown, and preventing them from sending messages or making calls to your device. Similarly, all wired collections linked to a PC get blocked when the device is put on locked.

Last but not least, users can’t download any configuration profiles too when in Lockdown mode.

As you can tell, this particular mode is a new or extreme variant of protection that users should use if they feel they’re at threat of some sort of hacking, malware, or other form of cyberattack. This is why the tech giant feels a limited number of users need to make use of it when using their smartphones as it mostly entails targets of a specific variant.

So all in all, it seems like the recommendations for better security set out by the Australian prime minister aren’t wrong. However, it does appear to miss out on some key aspects.

H/T: 9to5Mac

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