IOS’s stealth method to prevent passwords from being stolen

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Although there are some other settings to make the iPhone more secure, the truth is that the iOS operating system itself is already capable of protecting us from a lot of malware or data theft. The passwordsDespite not being the only thing, it is still one of the most coveted among cybercriminals. For this reason and in order to avoid problems with them, there is a protection system that you probably have not noticed and that is at least striking.

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We invite you to lock your iPhone right now and try to unlock it using security code. Write two or three numbers and before entering the last one, proceed to take a screenshot and observe the result. No, it’s not magic … The numbers on the keyboard have disappeared so that, if you share the image, they cannot be seen and thus someone may be able to find out your security code.

And that’s not all, if you go to Settings> Passwords, you can enter any of your keys stored in the iCloud keychain, but if you take a screenshot, the part where the password appears will be completely blank. This, like the above, is done in order to avoid ending up in the wrong hands.

What extra curiosity, tell you that if you try to take a screenshot while playing content from streaming platforms such as Apple TV +, you will see that this capture appears completely black without showing the actual content that was being played. In this case, it is not so much for security reasons, but for copyright, thus preventing the content frames from being used commercially and / or without permission from the producer.

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How you should share passwords

Although passwords are usually associated with a person, in these times it is logical to have many shared accounts for platforms such as Netflix or HBO Max. And related to the above, it is likely that you are wondering how to share the password of any of these accounts with a family member or friend. You can always memorize it or write it down on paper to send it to them, but there is a much faster way.

From the same iPhone password panel, you only have to click on the password to display the option to copy it. Once you do it, it will have been stored on the clipboard and you can paste it anywhere like in a messaging app, in order to share it with the other person. Of course, if you want to prevent it from staying on the clipboard, it is recommended that you write any other text (even one letter will work).

At the end of the day all this does not cease to be small details that, despite not being the strong point of the security and privacy of an iPhone, is the least interesting to avoid problems in things as, a priori, harmless as screenshots.