Protect your data with this new iPhone feature


iPhone users can now use additional security measures to protect their data from prying eyes by downloading Apple’s brand new “Stolen Device Protection” feature.

The new feature is available for iPhone and iPad devices that have been upgraded to the iOS 17.3 version.

In short, this simple setting protects your data, such as photos and other personal information, in case your iPhone or iPad is captured, by requiring biometric information such as face and fingerprint identification.

How does it work?

The function provides an additional layer of biometric security that is required to change certain settings on your phone.

For example, if someone steals your iPhone or iPad, or if they even somehow get hold of your passcode, they must first be authenticated by “Face ID” or “Touch ID” before they can access the passwords and passcodes which is stored in “KeyChain”.

This identification process must also be completed before, among other things, payment methods can be used in Safari, content and settings can be deleted and an application for a new “Apple Card” can be made.

Note that this protection will only apply when your iPhone or iPad is not in a known location.

“Stolen Device Protection” also delays certain changes made to your device.

For example, if your iPhone is not in a known location, you will not be able to change your “Apple ID” password or sign out. You will also need to be verified again by “Face ID” or “Touch ID”, then wait for the security delay of one hour to expire, and then change these settings once again with “Face ID” or “Touch ID”.

How to turn on the feature

Make sure your device is upgraded to the iOS 17.3 version. If the “Stolen Device Protection” function has not turned on automatically, go to your device’s “Settings”, select “Face ID & Passcode”, enter your passcode and turn on the “Stolen Device Protection” function.

For the option to be available, you must set up “two-factor authentication” for your “Apple ID”, and make sure the following settings on your device are turned on: a passcode, “Face ID” (or “Touch ID” for parents iPhones and iPads), “Find My” and “Significant Locations”. The first two options are found under “Face ID & Passcode” in your “Settings”, and “Find My” and “Significant Locations” are set up under “Settings”, then “Apple ID” and then “Find My”.

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