iOS 7, released September 2013, introduces new security features to protect your iPhone data. If you have not already done so, it is strongly advised to update your iPhone to iOS 7.
A passcode on the start screen will prevent someone using your phone or accessing your pictures and data.
Find My iPhone
If your phone is lost or stolen your iCloud account can provide the phones approximate location. Additionally through the iCloud interface you can remotely erase or remotely lock the phone for added protection.
Never attempt to recover a stolen phone yourself; contact NUPD (617.373.2121) for assistance.
Enable Find My iPhone: http://support.apple.com/kb/ph2697
Find My iPhone includes a new feature called Activation Lock. The Activation Lock requires entering your Apple ID and password before anyone can disable Find My iPhone, erase the device, or reactivate and use the iPhone. If your phone gets lost or stolen no other person can access or reset the device without your Apple ID password.
Enable Activation Lock: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5818
New Privacy Features
iOS 7 provides more granular control over how applications can access and share your information and location, what advertising and user tracking is allowed, and added securely and privacy using Safari to navigate the Internet.
Enable additional privacy features: http://ios.wonderhowto.com/how-to/18-sneaky-privacy-betraying-settings-every-iphone-owner-must-know-about-ios-7-0148682/
Conduct Regular Backups
Your data will be safe if your phone is stolen or destroyed. iTunes and the iCloud offer ways to save your data and retrieve it in the event of an emergency.
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