In its latest iOS 17.3 update, Apple has introduced a crucial security feature known as ‘Stolen Device Protection.’ Unveiled in beta form last December and predicted to be released this week, this feature serves as an added layer of defense against unauthorized access and manipulation of your iPhone by someone who has stolen it and is aware of your passcode.
Enabling Stolen Device Protection is a straightforward process. Users need to download and update their devices to iOS 17.3. Once updated, navigate to the settings, select ‘Face ID & Passcode,’ and scroll down to find the ‘Stolen Device Protection’ option. Simply toggle on the protection to activate the feature.
With Stolen Device Protection activated, any unusual changes detected by your iPhone from a location outside your familiar places, such as home or work, will trigger a Face ID (or Touch ID) authentication requirement. This measure ensures that stored passwords and credit cards remain inaccessible to unauthorized individuals. The feature also safeguards against attempts to erase all content and settings on the stolen device.
Moreover, Stolen Device Protection incorporates a security delay function. For instance, if a security action, like changing your Apple ID password or the device’s passcode, is initiated, users must wait for an hour and perform a second Face ID or Touch ID authentication to complete the process.
The primary objective of Stolen Device Protection is to provide an additional security layer when someone in possession of the device’s passcode attempts unauthorized access. The biometric authentication requirement and the security delay function contribute to the overall protection of both the iPhone and the associated Apple ID account.
While these security measures may be perceived as somewhat inconvenient by users, especially in cases of frequent misplacement of iPhones, they offer valuable peace of mind. Turning on Stolen Device Protection can be particularly beneficial for those seeking enhanced security for their devices.
In addition to Stolen Device Protection, iOS 17.3 brings forth other notable features, including ‘Collaborative Playlists’ for Apple Music and AirPlay support for TVs in select hotel rooms.