When Apple introduced iOS 7 at their Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday, they showed off a new feature that will be a very welcome addition to anyone who loses their iOS 7 device. “Find my iPhone” now includes a new security feature called “Activation Lock.” Now turning off Find my iPhone or erasing your device will require your Apple ID and Password.
From the Apple iOS 7 Website:
Losing your iPhone feels lousy. Thankfully, Find My iPhone can help you get it back. But if it looks like that’s not going to happen, new security features in iOS 7 make it harder for anyone who’s not you to use or sell your device. Now turning off Find My iPhone or erasing your device requires your Apple ID and password. Find My iPhone can also continue to display a custom message, even after your device is erased. And your Apple ID and password are required before anyone can reactivate it. Which means your iPhone is still your iPhone. No matter where it is.
So, as long as the thief doesn’t know your Apple login info, the device will be basically worthless to them, or at the very least, your precious private information will be safe.
For more information about the new features of iOS 7, visit Apple’s iOS 7 website.
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