iOS 17.3 introduces an important new security feature for iPhone that provides protection if your device is stolen. Follow the instructions on how to enable anti-stolen iPhone protection, and get some tips on whether you should use this feature.
Anti-stolen iPhone devices This comes after the WSJ's Joanna Stern investigated the rise in iPhone thefts in public places such as bars. This approach typically involved attackers watching victims enter their passwords before stealing an iPhone, then using them to immediately change their Apple ID password and lock out owners from accessing their accounts and even iCloud backups.
It is noteworthy that Joanna even gave an interview. iPhone thief who was able to defraud victims of over $300,000 using this attack.
Fortunately, iPhone Stolen Protection solves this problem by requiring biometric authentication away from trusted locations such as home or work . It also includes a time delay for a second biometric authentication for certain sensitive activities.
Should you turn on iPhone protection against stolen devices?
Short answer: yes.Here's some more context…
- The great thing about protecting against stolen devices is that there is virtually no downside for the user, but there is a significant increase in security.
- If, after enabling this feature, you find yourself in the unlikely situation where Face ID or Touch ID doesn't work:
- You can continue to use your device for text messages, calls, and most functions—you just won't be able to do sensitive actions like changing your Apple ID password, changing your passcode or Face ID/Touch ID, or viewing saved passwords, etc.
- You can turn off your stolen device passcode protection by returning to a familiar location, such as home, before getting your iPhone repaired.
How to enable protection against stolen iPhone devices
- Make sure you're running iOS 17.3 on your iPhone.
- Open the Settings
- Swipe down and tap  ; Face identification and enhancement; Passcode (or Touch ID and passcode)
- Now in the Stolen device protection section, click Enable protection
As mentioned above, if you need to disable it after in rare cases you break or damage the Face ID TrueDepth camera or Touch ID sensor, you You can use your password to do this from a secure location.
Learn more about protecting stolen devices in my colleague Fernando's video:
Best Practices for Public Use
Even if this feature is enabled, here are some best practices to keep in mind:
- Don't share your iPhone strangers to get their contact information, connect to social networks, etc.
- Don't enter your password in publicUse Face ID or Touch ID instead.
- If you're not using your iPhone, put it in your pocket, bag, or purse.
- Don't do this. ;don't connect to open public Wi-Fi networks.
- If possible, avoid using public phone chargers.
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