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iPhone 4s security accessories








Orders for the iPhone 4s are smoking hot and the volume is only going to ramp up between now and the Christmas season. With a new phone comes the need for new accessories to make your phone more attractive and keep it in good working order. Protective security cases and screen films are essential to help keep your iPhone 4s from suffering damage due to an accident.

iPhone 4s Cases – By choosing a case for your iPhone 4s you can help protect your smart phone from drops, scratches and other wear and tear related issues. Cases are must have accessories to help secure your iPhones and avoid costly repairs.

Boost Protective Case – Attractive black protective case is comfortable to the hand and lightweight which are important features to ensure you will continue to use it day in and day out. This case also provides extended battery benefits so it is one of the higher end cases available for your iPhone 4s.

splash VAPOR Slim-Fit Flex Case – This case is made of soft silicone which helps offer protection while keeping the weight in check. Fits nice and has been noted as high quality in the reviews and lists at a nice price of $14.95.

QuickFlipCase for iPhone 4/4S – Case is highly rated on Amazon.com and noted as a good value for the money. Has a useful belt clip that will give you the look of an Old Western gunfighter if you draw your iPhone 4s quickly from your belt. I’m your huckleberry..

OtterBox Commuter Series Hybrid Case – The normal OtterBox cases were noted as being a bit bulky but the Commuter Series is free from that problem and comes in a variety of colors unlike some of the other cases. I am partial to the white/black model which is linked.

Elago slim fit case – This case is priced at the very low end of the spectrum but offers solid value and extra protection for the price. Many of the reviewers were impressed with the slimness of the case and how it felt natural in their pockets.

Tuneband for iPhone 4/4s -Offers front and back device protection and the unique feature of an arm strap for runners and other people who want to take the iPhone 4s on the extreme go. Available in black, pink, purple, red, and glow in the dark.

iPhone 4s Screen films/protection – To help reduce glare, smudging and lower risk of scratch for your iPhone 4s display.

Halo Screen Protector Film – High quality low cost films are a good option to protect your phone screen and keep the smudging/glare problems to a minimum.  $5.95 for 6 films is not a bad deal at all.

splash Masque Clear Screen Protector – 5 pack of films is very affordable and has had mainly good reviews noting its easy bubble free installation and good fit.

AcaseView Screen Protector Film – Another quality film option this one comes in a pack of 6 for $7.25.

iPhone 4s car mounts – Helps securely mount your device in your car to function as a gps or for other hands free use (please be safe and obey local laws). Remember phones can become projectiles in sudden stops or accidents so it is important to securely mount them and keep them off your seats.

Kensington SoundWave Sound Amplifying Mount – Higher end then the one recommended below and my top choice for a reasonably cost mount.

Kensington Quick release car mount – Kensington is a trusted name in the security lock/mounting industry and this mount is highly rated from those who have purchased it.

Black Ultra Durable Compact Car Mount – Not yet rated due to newness

Motorcycle Handlebar Mount – For motorcycle enthusiasts this product is relatively knew but an intriguing option (be safe on the bikes please)

Happy and secure iPhone 4s’ing!


iPhone 4S Security

The release of the iPhone 4S caused quite a stir because it was not what everyone was expecting. Many of the pundits were boldly pontificating about advanced new features that would be introduced via “iPhone 5”. Instead they got the iPhone 4S which didn’t match expectations but it has been a pre-order bonanza anyway. It seems Apple can literally do no wrong right now. I decided to order an iPhone 4S (32GB memory black model) and hope to get it towards the end of the month.

When it comes to securing your iPhone 4S not a lot has changed at this point. The iOS 5 update is expected very soon which will likely introduce some security changes worth mentioning so I will provide an update when that hits the street.

Basics of iPhone 4S Security steps:

Set a private pass code to prevent others from accessing your iPhone 4S. If you do not set up a password you are at a bigger risk of having someone snoop or send prank texts/emails from your phone. Remember your code because if you forget you must do a restore.

Select General > Passcode Lock and enter your 4 digit passcode

Set password expiration parameter (which defines how long iPhone 4S will remain unused before pass code needs to be entered). A setting of 30-60 is a good idea.

Select General > Passcode Lock> Require Passcode then select the value you want

Disable Bluetooth if you do not use it. Bluetooth related vulnerabilities have gone from theoretical to actual problems being exploited so if you are not using it definitely turn it off.

Select General > Network and turn Bluetooth off

Set a voice mail password to prevent busy bodies or sleazy European tabloids from accessing your voice messages. Select a pin that will be easy for you to remember but not easily guessable by others (same concept as your debit card pin)

Select phone > Change Voicemail Password

Lock your SIM card to secure your sensitive information located in memory.

Select phone > SIM PIN and turn it on. The manual mentions the default iPhone SIM PIN is 1111 unless the carrier has changed it.

Backup your phone data every few months so that you will not lose your phone lists, pictures and other customized settings. This will be useful if an update goes wrong and your phone requires a total restore.

Install iOS firmware updates when they become available. iOS 5.0 is expected very soon and will contain new functionality and security fixesThe recent passcode bypass vulnerability will be updated in a November update and in general when hardware or software is updated by a vendor it is often is due to security vulnerabilities so it is best to stay current with these important updates.

Only join WiFi networks that you trust or you risk having your information intercepted and possible identity theft.

Use Find My iPhoneFind My iPhone is Apple’s free app that helps recover or remotely wipe your iPhone 4S if you lose it or it gets stolen.

You also have the option for installing additional security applications to provide anti-virus and password related functions. If you are interested in additional security applications for your iPhone 4S be sure to review the best of itunes security store post.