Today, Apple released the initial iOS 17.4 beta to developers, and it brings along several significant changes, especially regarding the European Union’s Digital Markets Act. However, one notable update that caught our attention is the enhancement to Stolen Device Protection, a feature introduced in iOS 17.3.
Stolen Device Protection: A Recap
For those unfamiliar, Stolen Device Protection aims to strengthen the security of iPhones against unauthorized access. It works by adding an extra layer of protection when changing security settings, such as Apple ID passwords or device passcodes. Whenever a user tries to modify these settings, the feature requires biometric authentication, like Face ID or Touch ID, to verify the identity of the person accessing the phone. Additionally, if the user is away from their familiar locations, like home or work, the feature imposes a one-hour delay before allowing the changes to take effect.
Enhancements in iOS 17.4
With the release of iOS 17.4, users now have the option to always require a security delay, rather than having it automatically triggered only when away from familiar locations. This change gives users more control over their device’s security and provides an additional layer of protection against potential threats.
To enable this feature, users can navigate to Settings → Face ID & Passcode, where they’ll find a dedicated page with a toggle switch for Stolen Device Protection. By flipping the switch, users can opt to always require a security delay when modifying security settings.
Alongside the new functionality, the Stolen Device Protection UI has also undergone some changes. In iOS 17.4, the feature now has its own dedicated page within Settings → Face ID & Passcode, making it easier for users to locate and manage their device’s security settings.
The latest update to Stolen Device Protection in iOS 17.4 demonstrates Apple’s commitment to enhancing the security and privacy of its users’ devices. By giving users more control over their device’s security and introducing a dedicated page for managing security settings, Apple continues to raise the bar for mobile device security.
Source: Mac Rumors