Search engines have evolved. Let’s put Google aside and take iPhone’s search engine as an example. The search engine on iPhone (also called Spotlight) searches files, photos, videos and notes stored on your iPhone. When it comes to documents, messages, or emails, iPhone’s Spotlight has an incredible power to perform in-depth search.
Reach out to your iPhone right now, unlock the screen and swipe your finger to the left to access Spotlight. Type “bank” or “password” and tell me what do you see?
Say you have received an important email message from your bank. The body of the email message will naturally have the word bank. Password is yet another commonly used word in emails. For instance, I frequently frequently receive emails along the following lines:
If you have added your email account to your iPhone, which most of us do, then you will know the power of Apple’s Spotlight. It can search what’s within an email message, SMS, notes, and every other textual content within seconds.
Important text messages are also exposed through spotlight. Instead of going through all the messages one has received, it is easier to type a key phrase in Spotlight to see what your significant other is cooking behind your back. Now, this is clearly a breach of privacy, but spouses have done this in the past and continue to do for they have their own reasons.
Whatever the case is, if you have something really important stored in textual form, you are left with a couple of options:
The third point is easier said than done. If anyone insists to check your iPhone, and if you are not comfortable refusing their request, then at least disable the search box (Spotlight). This will stop them from searching all the important and private messages and emails.
Here’s how to disable Spotlight on iPhone:
Note: You can always untick Mail, Notes, Messages and everything else in between.
Though it is still possible to access those crucial information by visiting Mail app to read emails, or Messages app to look at the text messages you have received, a lot of people wouldn’t go that far. Disabling Spotlight is the first step to ensure your important information remains with you.