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iOS 17.3 Stolen Device Protection, IT Services for K-12 Schools

How an Overlooked Setting on Your iPhone Can Protect Your Private Information

Apple’s Stolen Device Protection in iOS 17.3 Adds Extra Layer of Protection 

“How can you safeguard your hard-earned savings, years of cherished memories captured in photos, and all other aspects of your digital existence? It’s as simple as activating a newly introduced option hidden within the settings menu of your iPhone.”

Apple’s recent release of iOS 17.3 introduces several enhancements and corrections for the iPhone, among which the ‘Stolen Device Protection’ stands out. This new functionality safeguards your data and accounts in the event that your iPhone falls into the hands of someone who knows your passcode.

This update enhances the security of your iPhone by mandating Face ID or Touch ID verification for specific tasks. These tasks include altering your Apple ID password, wiping your device, or gaining access to the passwords stored in your iCloud Keychain. Consequently, if your phone is stolen, the thief will be unable to modify your device using the passcode alone.

Additionally, the update introduces a delay feature. After a successful biometric verification, there will be a one-hour waiting period before you can make any changes.

How to enable the new feature on your iPhone after upgrading to iOS 17.3:

To activate this feature on your iPhone, it’s important to note that it is only accessible on iPhones capable of upgrading to iOS 17. This encompasses iPhone XR and newer models, including the 2nd and 3rd Generation iPhone SE.

  1. Head to Settings. 
  2. Scroll down to ‘Face ID and Passcode’ or ‘TouchID and Passcode,’ and type in your passcode. 
  3. Scroll down to ‘Stolen Device Protection’ and enable it. 

Congratulations – you did it! Stolen Device Protection is now enabled on your iPhone.