In the realm of popular and pricey devices like iPhones, the risk of theft is a concern for many users. While Apple’s Find My feature aids in locating a lost device, it doesn’t guarantee the safety of your iPhone’s data. To address this issue and fortify data security in the event of theft, Apple introduces a new feature known as Stolen Device Protection in iOS 17.3 Beta 1. This article aims to elucidate what Stolen Device Protection entails and how users can activate it on their iPhones.
How Stolen Device Protection Operates on iPhone
Once activated, Stolen Device Protection introduces an additional layer of security for sensitive information changes, requiring Face ID or Touch ID confirmation. Notably, a one-hour delay is implemented for alterations initiated from an unfamiliar location. Interestingly, if the device detects a user in familiar surroundings, like home or the office, ID verification is not prompted.
In the unfortunate event of iPhone theft, the following measures are enacted when Stolen Device Protection is enabled:
- Passwords and passkeys cannot be accessed or modified.
- Lost Mode on the iPhone remains irremovable.
- Application for an Apple Card is prohibited.
- Saved payment methods become unusable.
Access to these features mandates Face ID or Touch ID verification. In the case of verification failure, the option to enter the passcode is not presented. For alterations in unfamiliar locations, a one-hour delay is followed by a secondary Face ID or Touch ID authentication.
Enabling Stolen Device Protection on iPhone
- Open the Settings on your iPhone.
- Select Face ID & Passcode and input your passcode when prompted.
- Scroll down and tap Turn On Protection under the Stolen Device Protection option.
- Confirm that “On” is displayed next to Stolen Device Protection, signifying its activation on your iPhone.
To deactivate, tap Turn Off Protection if you decide not to utilize this feature.
The Security Boost from Stolen Device Protection
Apple’s Stolen Device Protection serves as a valuable addition, reinforcing iPhone security, particularly in unfamiliar locations. This feature ensures the safeguarding of crucial data even if an unauthorized individual gains possession of the iPhone and knows the passcode.
We recommend promptly enabling this option when updating to the iOS 17.3 update.