Law enforcement agencies have been investing in a new device that can crack the passcode on a modern iPhone running iOS 11 in a matter of hours. Even 6-digit codes take less than a day to crack. (4-digit codes take only a few hours.)
Luckily, reports indicate that it takes over a month to crack an iPhone with an 8-digit passcode, or over 13 years to unlock an iPhone with a 10-digit passcode. So, it’s time to change your passcode.
How To Reset Your Passcode on Your iOS 11 Device
To change your iOS 11 device’s passcode from your current simple 4-digit or 6-digit passcode, do the following:
1.) Go to the Settings app.
2.) Scroll down in the Settings menu until you see “Face ID & Passcode” or “Touch ID & Passcode” (Depending on if you have an iPhone X or another iPhone model).
3.) Enter your current passcode.
4.) Scroll down on the next screen until you see “Change Passcode.” Tap that.
5.) Here you can enter a new passcode, but tap the “Passcode Options” option instead.
6.) On the menu that appears, Tap “Custom Alphanumeric Code.” This will allow you to enter a passcode made up of letters, numbers, and symbols.
Now, when you choose to unlock your iOS device using a passcode instead of a fingerprint or your face you’ll see a full keyboard displayed in lace of the numeric keypad you used to see.
It’s a bit more involved than you’re used to, but it’ll take longer for Johnny Law or a hacker to break your passcode. (And yes, hackers will get their hands on the device used by law enforcement to unlock phones, it’s just a matter of time.
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