Apple  has released a new iPhone software update 17.3, featuring a new ‘Stolen Device Protection’ capability. In case your iPhone and passcode are stolen, this enhanced security measure utilizes biometric data, such as a face scan or fingerprint, to secure essential phone functions.

The introduction of this feature follows an investigation by WSJ’s Joanna Stern into the growing incidents of iPhone thefts, particularly in public venues like bars. The common method involved assailants observing victims entering their passcodes, stealing their iPhones, and promptly changing their Apple ID passwords, locking owners out of their accounts and iCloud backups. Joanna even conducted an interview with an iPhone thief who managed to pilfer over $300,000 from victims using this tactic.

Thankfully, iPhone Stolen Device Protection addresses this issue by mandating biometric authentication when outside trusted locations such as home and work. Additionally, it incorporates a time delay for a second biometric authentication for specific sensitive actions. For a comprehensive understanding of its functionality, refer to our detailed coverage.

How to turn on iPhone Stolen Device Protection

  1. Make sure you’re running the latest  iOS 17.3 update  on your iPhone.
  2. Open the Settings app
  3. Swipe down and tap Face ID & Passcode (or Touch ID & Passcode)
  4. Now under Stolen Device Protection tap Turn On Protection

That’s it!

If you need to turn it off after the rare event of breaking or damaging your Face ID TrueDepth camera or Touch ID sensor, you can use your passcode to do that when at a trusted location.


Recommended Guidelines for Public Usage

Even when utilizing this feature, it’s crucial to adhere to these best practices:

  1. Avoid handing your iPhone to strangers for contact information exchange or social media connections.
  2. Refrain from entering your passcode in public; opt for Face ID or Touch ID.
  3. When not actively using your iPhone, store it securely in a pocket, bag, or purse.
  4. Steer clear of connecting to open, public WiFi networks.
  5. If feasible, avoid using public phone chargers.

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Published On: January 22nd, 2024 / Categories: IT Support /