On the iPhone, there are two features you should be using; the SOS Contacts and Comprised Psswords. Let’s explore how to use these two features.
This is for iPhone running iOS 14+
Create a SOS Contact
First, ensure that your most important people are in your Contacts. Now, search for your Health app either from your App Library (your last screen) or the Spotlight Search (your first screen). We are using the Spotlight Search. Just type the name “health” in the search box (without the quotes) and click the result. Refer to below image:
Next, the Summary screen will be displayed. Now, click the Review Medical ID Access link. See Below image:
Next, the Emergency Access to Medical ID screen will be displayed. Click on the Review Medical ID button at the bottom. See following image:
Now, your Emergency Contacts will be shown (if any). Click on add emergency contact to add a SOS contact you want notified in case of an emergency. Refer to below image:
SOS also contacts emergency services. A red asterisk icon will now appear next to Emergency Contacts in your Contacts list.
To send an SOS, hold down the power button on the right and one of the volume buttons on the left at same time. You can either use the Emergency SOS slider, or keep holding the button. A countdown will start, an alert will sound, and when the call goes through to 911, messages are sent to your Emergency Contacts. See below image:
iOS 14 features Security Recommendations, which are handy if you store a lot of passwords in iOS, be it for apps or website visits. It will tell you if a password appeared in a known data breach/leak, and suggest you make changes if you have repeated passwords (because that is a big no-no).
First, launch your Settings (the gear icon) app. See following image:
Next, scroll down and tap the Passwords option. Refer to below image:
Now, the Security Recommendations screen will be shown. The number to the right indicates security risks found. Next, tap on the label. See below image:
Now, on the Security Recommendations screen, toggle Detected Comprised Passwords to On. Next, go through your list of compromised passwords and click the Change Password link as necessary. See following image:
Note! Some of your comprised passwords may be from old leaks. You know you have changed it since the date of the leak. If so, click the label to open the entry, then click Delete Password.
Next, go back to your Security Recommendations screen to check if your comprised passwords has been resolved. Now, exit Settings.
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Alfred North Whitehead
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