Apple’s iOS 17.3 Beta Adds Stolen Device Protection For iPhones

If you’re someone who worries about having your iPhone stolen and then losing access to your Apple ID and iCloud data, you’re going to like a new iOS 17.3 feature that is now in testing.

Apple recently released iOS 17.3 in beta form with developers able to test out a new feature, dubbed Stolen Device Protection.

The feature is designed to help protect iPhones that could be stolen to ensure that data is not lost.

Testing is now available for Stolen Device Protection. This new feature adds an additional layer of security in the unlikely case that someone has stolen your phone and also obtained your passcode.

  • Accessing your saved passwords requires Face ID to be sure it’s you.
  • Changing sensitive settings like your Apple ID password is protected by a security delay
  • No delay is required when iPhone is at familiar locations such as home and work

Enabling the new feature is as simple as turning Stolen Device Protection on under the Face ID & Passcode section of the Settings app. However, it’s important to remember that this feature is only currently available in beta and that it could be removed before iOS 17,3 is released to the public.

This feature comes after reports of people having their iPhones stolen in public places immediately after they have been unlocked, allowing the thief to then change their Apple ID password and lock people out of their accounts and data.

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