Apple has unveiled its four new iPhones in its 'Far Out' event, namely; iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

In the wake of the recent Samsung Data Breach, ensuring robust security measures for mobile devices has become paramount. With the advent of Stolen Device Protection, iPhone users can now fortify their devices against potential theft and unauthorized access, safeguarding their personal information and accounts even in the event of loss or theft. It is pertinent to mention here that the Stolen Device Protection is available with iOS 17.3 or later and must be turned on before the device is lost or stolen.

About Stolen Device Protection

Additional security layers are enforced when Stolen Device Protection is activated, particularly when the iPhone is beyond familiar locations like home or workplace; these measures are designed to thwart any attempts by unauthorized individuals to tamper with crucial settings or access sensitive data.

You must authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID before you can take certain actions, including the following; this ensures that only the authorized user can access these sensitive details, even if the device falls into the wrong hands:

  • Use passwords or passkeys saved in Keychain Use payment methods saved in Safari (autofill)
  • Turn off Lost Mode Erase all content and settings
  • Apply for a new Apple Card
  • View your Apple Card or Apple Cash virtual card number
  • Take certain Apple Cash and Savings actions in Wallet (for example, Apple Cash or Savings transfers)
  • Use your iPhone to set up a new device (for example, Quick Start). You can still use your iPhone passcode for purchases with Apple Pay.

Security Delay

To further strengthen the security, critical operations like changing the Apple ID password employ a security delay mechanism. The delay, coupled with biometric authentication, adds an additional protection against malicious activities, buying valuable time for users to secure their accounts in case of theft.

How to Enable Stolen Device Protection:

Enabling stolen device protection entails setting up two-factor authentication for Apple ID and configuring essential features like device passcode, Face ID or Touch ID, and important Locations. Furthermore, ensuring that the Find My feature remains activated is imperative for the easy functioning of the device protection feature.

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