iPhone Thieves Hate This Security Settings
Stolen iPhones are major business in the black market, but thanks to security improvements and theft deterrents in recent versions of iOS, they’re becoming less appealing to would-be thieves. Most iPhone users are aware that they must lock their phone with a secure passcode and enable Find My iPhone, but Apple also provides several lesser-known security options.
Touch ID, Facial Recognition, and Strong Passcodes
iPhones with a Touch ID, fingerprint reader, or Face ID facial recognition add a degree of protection by allowing users to input their passcodes using a fingerprint or facial scan instead.
Thieves dislike these features because users are more likely to use a tough passcode rather than a simple 4-digit passcode. Complex passcode capabilities have been available for some time but are frequently underutilized. Face ID or Touch ID may occasionally fail, requiring passcode entry, although this is unusual, so a complex passcode isn’t as much of a nuisance as it formerly was.
On the other hand, if you don’t choose a strong passcode, thieves may be able to accurately guess it, rendering Touch ID or Face ID useless as a security safeguard.
Activation Lock Added to Find My iPhone
When you enable Find My iPhone, Activation Lock is immediately enabled. It protects your smartphone even while it is in the hands of a thief. Apple’s anti-theft function is credited with significantly lowering iPhone theft rates worldwide.
The Activation Lock feature needs a user to allow a data wipe or fresh operating system installation. Prior to the inclusion of this functionality in iOS, a criminal could wipe an iPhone clean, erasing any traces of the previous owner and making it easier to resell.
The Activation Lock requires the phone’s owner to enter their Apple account password before the phone can be wiped. This associates the device with a specific individual and makes it a less appealing target because it cannot be readily erased and resold.
Restrictions Lockout of Location Services
After stealing your phone, iPhone thieves disable its ability to broadcast its position. This makes it impossible for the legal owner or law enforcement to track its location.
You may make it more difficult for thieves by activating the iPhone’s limitations settings, which are typically connected with parental controls, and then locking out modifications to location services. Enabling limits necessitates its own passcode, which a thief must know in order to disable the phone’s GPS homing beacon.
Lost Mode (Remote Lock)
Another data privacy and theft deterrence feature added to the iPhone OS by Apple is Remote Lock. If you can’t find your phone and are certain it isn’t under your couch cushion at home, Lost Mode will lock it with a passcode and show a message of your choice, such as “Give Me Back My Phone!” Lost mode renders your phone unusable to thieves and aids in the protection of your personal data.
If you can’t find your iPhone, use Find My iPhone on iCloud.com to activate Lost Mode right away.
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