On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal published a pretty scary article about the consequences of having both your iPhone and your passcode stolen. (It’s here, but paywalled; if you are not a WSJ subscriber there’s a good summary here).
What you need to know:
- You would only be affected if a thief had access to BOTH your iPhone (or iPad) AND your passcode, so:
- Use a strong passcode (here’s how to change it).
- Be VERY careful about using your passcode in public; cover your screen as you type it.
- If your iPhone/iPad is stolen, IMMEDIATELY:
- remotely wipe your phone from icloud.com > Find Devices
- have your cellular carrier deactive the stolen phone so the thief can’t receive verification codes
- change passwords for important accounts (email and financial, especially).
Also, those “your iCloud account has been compromised” text messages are a fake, not related to this issue.
Dreaming of Travel?
Thinking about your next vacation? If you check bags, consider using Apple’s AirTags to track them. There are lots of stories of lost luggage tracked and recovered with AirTags.
(You may have heard that some airlines initially banned them, but the FAA has confirmed that they are safe to use.)