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iOS 17.3 beta should better protect iPhones against theft

Barely a day after the release of iOS 17.2, Apple has already made the first beta of version 17.3 available to developers. This update contains a feature that should better protect iPhone users if their device is stolen.

For example, Stolen Device Protection adds an extra layer of security to the settings menu. Once enabled, this will cause the iPhone to require authentication via Face ID or Touch ID when users want to view saved passwords or make other important changes.

Even when the smartphone is not in a known location (such as at work or at home), security is increased. Sensitive actions such as changing the Apple ID password or phone passcode not only require biometric authentication: after an hour, users must reconfirm their identity via Face or Touch ID.

In a statement to The Verge, Apple stated that the data from a stolen iPhone cannot be accessed without knowing the passcode. In “the rare” cases where a thief can see or otherwise obtain the code and then steals the device, Stolen Device Proction should provide an “advanced new layer of protection.”

Source: The Verge

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