Mobile phone users often ask for better security for their devices and this is not a bad thing. However, such high-level security may come at a cost that many users will not be willing to pay. Hackers never stop their attempts to defraud unsuspecting users. Unfortunately, some “security” features may just be helping them.
According to recent reports, there is an iPhone feature that makes it easy for hackers to get access to stolen iPhones. They can also have access to the user’s account and steal money from their bank accounts. In fact, it even prevents the real owners of the phones from ever finding their stolen devices. According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, the recovery key feature on the phone has been a weapon used by crooks to prevent legal iPhone users from accessing their devices. The Journal reports on how iPhone owner Greg Frasca has been unable to access his device since October.
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Guard your iPhone recovery key with all zealousness – it could make your iPhone useless for life
- Go to Settings > [your name] > Password & Security. At this point, you may need to enter your Apple ID password.
- Tap Recovery Key.
- Slide to turn on Recovery Key.
- Tap Use Recovery Key and enter your device passcode.
- Write down your recovery key and keep it in a safe place.
- Confirm your recovery key by entering it on the next screen.
Apple admits losing this key is dangerous
One iPhone owner “got lucky” and found support from an Apple rep
Similar to Mr. Frasca, Terry Allen’s iPhone 13 Pro was taken last summer in New York, and it held vital family photos. After calling Apple for months, he eventually spoke with a compassionate Apple agent who sought more details to confirm Allen’s identity. Mr Allen was able to reset his password after Apple removed the security key. He said, “I just got lucky,” but he now stands by his pictures.
If Face ID is not an option, there are some recommendations, such as setting a complex passcode. Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode > Change Passcode in order to do this. The best advice is to have your phone and security key close at hand.