iOS17.3 Adding Stolen Device Protection to Your Device

The new security feature on iPhones iOS17.3 delays updating your Apple ID password or device passcode and needs Face ID or Touch ID for some operations.

iOS17.3 Adding Stolen Device Protection
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The new security feature in iOS 17.3 is meant to deter thieves from stealing your iPhone and swiftly gaining access to all of your iCloud data as well as other crucial accounts, like as your bank or email. Rather than depending solely on your lock screen passcode to ensure security (since thieves have figured out how to make people enter it in front of them before they take off with the phone), Stolen Device Protection forces you to use Face ID or scan your fingerprint when completing specific tasks, like accessing stored passwords or requesting a new Apple Card.

Additionally, the function adds a waiting period before carrying out more sensitive operations, including altering your iPhone passcode or Apple ID password. Apple states in the iOS 17.3 release note that to finish the procedure and make sure this is indeed you, “Security Delay requires Face ID or Touch ID, an hour wait, and then an additional successful biometric authentication.” According to Apple, this additional identification layer will only be needed by your iPhone when you’re not in “familiar locations such as home or work.”

Go to Settings and choose Face ID & Passcode to activate Stolen Device Protection. From there, toggle the function on by entering your device’s passcode. Visit Apple’s website to find out more about Stolen Device Protection.

In addition, Apple is adding the capacity for friends to join and contribute to playlists in the Apple Music app with collaborative playlists to macOS 14.3 Sonoma and iOS 17.3 users. With iOS 17.3, Apple is now introducing the capability to broadcast media to TVs in specific hotels. Apple also released updates for iOS 9, 15, and 16 devices, which could provide security fixes, in addition to iOS 17.3.

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