Lo­cate and lock down your mis­placed de­vices

Use Find My iPhone to lo­cate – and lock down – your mis­placed de­vices

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Kenny Hem­phill

Hav­ing an iOS de­vice or your Mac stolen is dev­as­tat­ing. Worse, how­ever, is the po­ten­tial for your data be­ing stolen or used to com­mit fraud.

Thank­fully, Ap­ple has put a num­ber of fea­tures in place to help pre­vent the worst from hap­pen­ing. They may even help you get your de­vice back.

The first thing you should do when you re­alise that your iPhone, iPad or Mac is miss­ing is to ac­ti­vate Lost Mode by sign­ing in to iCloud.com in a web browser. Your iOS de­vice will need to be run­ning at least iOS 6 for Lost Mode to work.

Lost Mode al­lows you to place a mes­sage on your miss­ing de­vice’s screen; it turns off alerts for mes­sages and no­ti­fi­ca­tions, so they don’t show on the Lock screen; and it dis­ables Ap­ple Pay and sus­pends the use of credit and debit cards reg­is­tered in the Wal­let app.

You can also use Find My iPhone to track an iOS de­vice’s lo­ca­tion, though you’ll only be able to track a locked Mac if it’s near a pre­vi­ously used Wi-Fi net­work. If your de­vice is reg­is­tered with your iCloud ac­count and you have Find My iPhone set up, Ac­ti­va­tion Lock means that even if your data is erased, the de­vice can’t be used with­out the pass­code.

There is also a fea­ture that al­lows you to set your iOS de­vice to be au­to­mat­i­cally erased af­ter 10 failed pass­code at­tempts. While that may seem risky, af­ter the first five times, the de­vice is ‘frozen’ for a minute, dur­ing which time it can only be used for emer­gency calls. The length of time it’s frozen for in­creases af­ter each failed at­tempt.

it will ta ke 10 min­utes

you will lear n How to put your de­vice in Lost Mode and track it with Find My iPhone

Yo u’ll need An iPhone, iPad or Mac with an in­ter­net con­nec­tion

Find My iPhone tries to lo­cate de­vices on which you’ve turned on the epony­mous fea­ture in iCloud’s set­tings.

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