iOS Security Woes: How To Get Your Data Back

Despite Apple’s sophisticated security updates in the past few years, their operating system continues to become a victim of major data breaches, malware infiltrations, hacks and other adverse events.

Just a few months ago, the company had to take measures to fix a never-seen-before vulnerability that enabled adversaries to spy on phone calls, messages and emails of the iPhone owner. The hack was powerful because of its simple execution: only a web link was needed.

Also, hackers have continued to use malicious apps to steal personal data. These apps look like a legitimate version of a popular app but have been designed to steal sensitive information and send it back to remote servers.

Moreover, iOS users remain vulnerable to data-caching vulnerabilities. As iPhones store short-term data for a long period to increase speed (cache data), they’re more vulnerable to data hacks because hackers can access cached information. Unless users are protecting apps with security programs or programming the cache to be deleted automatically, hackers will keep making attempts to steal their data.

Recovering Your Data

If you’ve lost data as a result of an iOS hack or data breach, know that there are ways to get it back. Listed below are some options to consider for iOS data recovery.

  1. Specific Recovery & Forensic Solutions Exist

The option of specialized mobile phone data recovery services is applicable to devices using the iOS structure. The NAND flash memory can vary in size specific to your iDevice but the data storing process is the same regardless of the model. Mobile recovery specialists will make logical data recovery efforts to try to bring your data back from allocation errors in the internal memory, file corruption and similar logical errors affecting iOS devices as a result of hacks / data breaches.

  1. Attempt Data Restoration From iTunes Backup

Got access to the PC which you generated the backup on? It’s the computer on which you last synced your iOS device with iTunes. To restore data from iTunes backup, connect the device to the PC and launch iTunes to begin the procedure. Head over to File > Devices and select the Restore from Backup option. The alternative way is to click the Device button, open the Summary tab, and select Restore Backup. Turn off Find My iPhone if it’s enabled by opening Settings > iCloud and switching off the toggle for Find My iPhone. Next, select the backup file you want to put on your iPhone from the available list. Ensure to check the device name and backup date to ensure you’re restoring the right things.

  1. Data Recovery Software May Work

Though it rarely does, you can try software options like iPhone Data Recovery and see if you get your data back. These software solutions attempt to recover data in two ways: restore from the iOS device directly or restore from iCloud backup. In the first option, the software scans the contents of your device and then asks you which contents you would like to restore. In the second option, it requires you to sign in to iCloud, download the backup files, and then scan the available contents. In the end, you’re able to choose which data you would like to recover.

With these measures, you can bring back your precious data and then change credentials where applicable.