Apple Unveils New Protection Against Stolen Devices

Envision yourself in a busy area. Unbeknownst to you, someone is observing you and has figured out your iPhone passcode. Your phone is then taken by them. All of a sudden, all of your digital life—pictures, documents, bank data, and more—has been stolen. A fresh security feature might stop this kind of thing from happening. The iOS operating system recently received an update from iPhone manufacturer Apple. The Stolen Device Protection function is a new addition. The feature significantly increases the difficulty for phone thieves to unlock the handset and gain access to crucial features and settings.


The most recent iOS release, version 17.3, comes with a new setting called Stolen Device Protection. A new feature in the update for iPhones and iPads is intended to stop thieves from accessing your Apple ID or other sensitive accounts or erasing phones for resale. According to Apple, the feature gives users more protection. It fixes a flaw that hackers have used to prevent owners of devices from accessing their Apple accounts, remove their files and images from iCloud, and withdraw money from their bank accounts. Stolen Device Protection monitors “familiar locations,” like home and work, for the user. If someone tries to use the smartphone outside of designated locations to do specific tasks, the function increases biometric security.


Additionally, passcode significance is diminished. Rather, it prioritizes “biometric” traits like fingerprints or faces, which are far more difficult to replicate. When someone tries to reset or delete an iPhone, it will ask to scan the user’s Face ID or Touch ID to verify that they are the device’s legitimate owner. The passcode and other backup methods cannot be used by anybody thanks to the new feature. The new feature also includes a component meant to impede thieves’ attempts to alter security configurations. For instance, if someone tries to reset the phone, change the passcode, or sign out of an Apple ID account when they’re in a strange place, they’ll need to wait an hour and authenticate using Face ID or Touch ID.

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