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Apple Introduces Stolen Device Protection in iOS 17.3 Update

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Apple has introduced a Stolen Device Protection security feature in the latest iOS 17.3 update for iPhones. This feature adds an extra layer of security by requiring Face ID or Touch ID for sensitive actions, such as accessing passwords or iCloud. It includes a one-hour delay for changing the device passcode or Apple ID password. The update aims

In the iOS 17.3 release notes, Apple states, “Security Delay requires Face ID or Touch ID, an hour wait, and then an additional successful biometric authentication before sensitive operations can be performed.” This serves as an emergency backup if an iPhone is stolen. The Stolen Device Protection feature covers actions like using saved passwords, accessing payment methods, turning off Lost Mode, erasing content, applying for a new Apple Card, and more.

Activate Stolen Device Protection, go to Settings, tap Face ID & Passcode, enter your device passcode, and toggle the feature on or off. Note that attempting to disable it in an unfamiliar location triggers a security delay, preventing unauthorized access. Apple recommends turning off Stolen Device Protection before selling or giving away your device to ensure a smooth transition. Additionally, the iOS 17.3 update brings Apple Music collaborative playlists and new wallpaper options.

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to counteract a rising trend of thieves tricking users into revealing passcodes.

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