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iOS 17.3 update out to save your iPhone; Stolen Device Protection feature in-the-works

iOS 17.3 update: Apple has rolled out iOS 17.3 beta, and it has a Stolen Device Protection feature for iPhone safety. Know how the security feature will likely work.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Dec 14 2023, 12:14 IST
Finally! iOS 17 lets users hyperlink text in iPhone mail app
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1/7 Apple is expected to officially introduce the new operating system of the iPhone, iOS 17 along with iPhone 15 series at the Apple event happening on September 12, 2023. Apple already gave a sneak peek of the iOS 17 at WWDC 2023 and some of its features include Contact Posters, Live Voicemail, and more. (Unsplash)
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2/7 The iOS 17 is now in the beta testing phase, where the company is constantly exploring and testing new features. The testing will ensure that there are no problems in the upcoming operating system.  (Unsplash)
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3/7 According to a shared post by Federico Viticci, iPhone’s Mail app will now enable users to hyperlink any word while drafting the mail. However, users will get this update after the official launch and they will have to download the update on their iPhones. (AP)
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4/7 Apple has introduced several updates, but somehow it never enabled users to hyperlink anything in the iPhone mail app. Now, with this Mail app's new features, users can avoid sharing long URLs separately. (Apple)
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5/7 To hyperlink a text, first copy the URL you want to add to the email. Then while creating an email you have to first write the message that you want the recipient to get. After drafting, long press the selected word you want to hyperlink. (Apple)
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6/7 A floating pop-up tab will appear on your iPhone screen. There, you’ll see a new “Add Link” option. Tap and paste the link. However, note that this feature will only be available after your iPhone gets updated with iOS 17.  (Unsplash)
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7/7 Note that the above-mentioned Mail app feature is based on a rumour and has not been confirmed by Apple yet. The actual feature will be discovered after the actual release and when it will be rolled out to the public.  (Apple)
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Know all about Apple iOS 17.3 update with the likely Stolen Device Protection feature for your iPhone. (Bloomberg)

Apple recently rolled out the iOS 17.2 update in the beta phase. It is rumored that there will be several new features in the upcoming iOS 17.3 update when it is released for all eligible iPhone users. Among them is a new security feature called Apple Stolen Device Protection. The feature is said to give an extra layer of security to the iPhone in case the device gets lost or stolen and the feature will stop the thieves from getting into the handset, thereby stopping them from compromising your data. . The iOS 17.3 feature will help protect user data and maintain the security of Apple devices. Want to know more about the security feature? Check how the Apple Stolen Device Protection feature for iPhones will work.

About iOS 17.3 Update: Stolen Device Protection feature

With the rise of theft in iPhone devices, Apple has taken a step forward to safeguard their user's data and sensitive information by integrating a new security feature called Stolen Device Protection. According to a Tom's Guide report, this will be useful in cases when the thief somehow find out your iPhone's passcode. However, they will still not be able to access your data due to this extra security feature.

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As the iPhone contains all of our personal information such as passwords, bank details, social media, images, etc, anyone can access or reset passwords if he gets through the main screen lock. Therefore, to entirely eliminate the risk, the Stolen Device Protection feature, when enabled, will require extra actions or you can say a second step of authentication to completely unlock the device. Sounds promising right?

How the Stolen Device Protection feature works

The feature will add extra protection to your device's lock along with Apple ID password changes. Apple says that if someone tries to unlock or change the Apple ID password, they will have to go through a one-hour security delay. This means a user will have to authenticate twice. However, this delay will only occur if your device is outside of your trusted location such as home or work.

Additionally, Apple will be adding extra biometric checks for sensitive data such as accessing iCloud Keychain passwords, applying for or viewing Apple Cards, erasing devices, using Safari payments, and setting up new devices with your iPhone.

Therefore, with the new iOS 17.3 security feature, no one can make changes to your Apple ID, Apple ID security settings, Face ID or Touch ID even if they get a hold of your passcode. Also, they will not be able to turn off Find My location.

More about the feature will be revealed by Apple as the feature is still in the development and testing phase. However, this implies that all iOS 17 iPhones will be able to use this feature to protect and locate their device when lost or stolen.

How the Stolen Device Protection Feature will benefit iPhone users

  • The feature will improve security in terms of protecting personal information and data.
  • The iPhone can be easily found as no one will be able to turn off the Find My Location feature.
  • It will add an extra layer of security protection to the iPhone devices, making it more secure for the digital world.

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First Published Date: 14 Dec, 11:43 IST
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