Security for your iPhone using iCloud

Apple-LogoSecurity on iPhones is getting more sophisticated with each new operating system and iPhone release.

Find my iPhone in iOS 7 has a new feature called Activation Lock. This makes it more difficult for someone else to use or sell your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch if it was stolen or you lost it.

Activation Lock requires your Apple ID and password before anyone can:

  • Turn off Find my iPhone on your device
  • Erase your device
  • Reactivate and use your device

Learn more about Activation Lock.

If you ever misplace your device or think it was stolen, you should put it in Lost Mode immediately using Find my iPhone. This locks your screen with a four-digit passcode.

Learn more on how to remotely locate, lock or wipe your device via iCloud.

The new iPhones just came out! You may be thinking of selling your old iPhone and want to make sure it’s been completely wiped before you do. Caution: remove the data just from the device, not from all iCloud servers.

What to do before selling or giving away your Apple device.

The newest iPhone (iPhone 5S) has a built-in fingerprint identity sensor. The thinking behind the sensor is that entering a passcode on a phone is slow, and you probably check your phone dozens if not more times per day. The Touch ID home button unlocks your phone using your fingerprint.

Learn more about Touch ID on iPhone 5S.

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