Posted: 14 October, 2016 by @amydrewsnews

In Wake Of The Apple Photo Scandal - Maybe You Should Think About Securing Your Personal Data

This week, allegations surfaced that staff from an Apple store on Brisbane's northside had stolen personal data from customers phones while they were in for repair.

Executives investigating the reports say they're yet to find evidence this has occurred, but female staff members phones could have been targeted.

But it got us thinking, is there a good way to save yourself in this kind of situation? It's actually pretty simple.

If you're taking your phone in for repair, it might be useful to wipe the phone of information and back it up to your computer using iTunes.

Here's how you do it:

- Before you start the backup, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes. (It's not necessary though).
- If using WIFI: Turn off your iCloud so it doesn't automatically sync to that when you plug your phone into your computer.
- If using Cable: Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes.
- In iTunes, right-click on your device when it appears in the tab list on the left-hand side and choose 'Back Up'.
- Before finishing your Back Up, check where iTunes has stored the information so you can restore it to your iPhone in the future.

To Restore:

- Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone.
- In iTunes, right-click on your device when it appears in the left-hand tab, select 'Summary' tab and then 'Restore'. (A 'Back Up' button may be available instead.)
- A message should appear in your iPhone screen that says 'Restore in Progress'. Your iOS device will restart once this is complete. Do not disconnect the device until this is complete.

What can be backed up using iTunes?

- Contacts
- App store data
- App settings
- Calendar info
- Call history
- Camera roll
- Mail accounts
- Messages
- Notes
- Wallpapers
(Just to name a few)

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