Apple is Set to Introduce Stolen Device Protection Feature in iOS 17.3
In an effort to combat iPhone theft, Apple is rolling out a new feature called Stolen Device Protection. This feature aims to limit the actions that thieves can take with a stolen phone and passcode, providing an extra layer of security for users.
The Stolen Device Protection feature is currently available in the iOS 17.3 beta, but only for developers. It promises to prevent a common practice among iPhone thieves, where they watch users enter their passcode before stealing their device. This practice allows thieves to change the owner’s Apple ID password, turn off Find My, and factory reset the phone for resale without any interference.
With the Stolen Device Protection feature enabled, thieves will face obstacles in carrying out their illegal activities. The phone will prompt for a Face ID or Touch ID scan if the user is away from a familiar location. Additionally, it will introduce a one-hour delay before allowing any changes to the Apple ID password, to make it harder for thieves to gain control of the device.
Furthermore, Apple has incorporated additional security measures for other Apple settings, such as recovery keys and iCloud Keychain passwords. This ensures that even if a device falls into the wrong hands, the owner’s sensitive information remains protected.
Apple plans to prompt users to turn on the Stolen Device Protection feature in the upcoming update, iOS 17.3. However, the general public will still have to wait several weeks before being able to try it out themselves.
The introduction of this new feature is a significant step towards safeguarding iPhone users against theft and unauthorized access. By making it increasingly difficult for thieves to use stolen devices, Apple aims to enhance the overall security of its products and bolster consumer confidence.
As always, Apple remains committed to prioritizing user privacy and data protection. With the Stolen Device Protection feature, iPhone owners can rest assured that their personal information is secure, even in the event of theft.
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