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An iPhone security feature keeps victims away from their stolen phones


Thursday 20 April 2023 / 14:22

An iPhone feature enables hackers to unlock stolen iPhones with the goal of draining money from users’ bank accounts and preventing victims from finding their stolen devices.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that a feature on the phone called a recovery key was a tool used by hackers that helps prevent legitimate iPhone owners from gaining access to their devices. The newspaper reported how one of the iPhone’s owners, Greg Frasca, had been denied access to his phone since October.

Frasca said he was willing to travel to Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino and provide proof of his identity. He also said he would pay $10,000 to get his iPhone back. This is because the phone contains pictures of his daughters over the past 8 years.

And what happened to Mr. Frasca is something that happened to many iPhone users, as the thieves stole his iPhone 14 Pro in a bar in Chicago and used his passcode to change the Apple ID password, but they made sure that Greg would never be able to regain control of the iPhone. stolen by enabling recovery key.

Losing your iPhone recovery key may lock your iPhone forever. The recovery key was launched by Apple in 2020. When the feature is enabled, a random 28-digit “Recovery Key” must be provided when the user changes their Apple ID password. But if the iPhone is stolen and in the possession of the hackers, enabling the recovery key will prevent the rightful owner of the locked phone from gaining access. Without this recovery key and the phone, there is nothing the user can do.

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“We empathize with the people who have gone through this experience and take all attacks against our users seriously, no matter how infrequent,” an Apple spokesperson said. “We work tirelessly every day to protect our users’ accounts and data, and we’re always investigating further to protect against emerging threats like this one.”

The security key is generated on iPhones and iPads by following these instructions:

Go to Settings> [اسمك]> Password and security. You may need to enter your Apple ID password.
Press the recovery key.
Scroll to turn on the recovery key.
Tap Use recovery key and enter your device passcode.
Write down the recovery key and keep it in a safe place.
Confirm your recovery key by entering it on the next screen.

Keep in mind that when you create a recovery key, you can’t use account recovery to get back into your Apple account. With account recovery, the user can reset their Apple ID password even if they don’t have enough information to do so. With a recovery key, the owner of a stolen or lost iPhone can remotely change their Apple ID password using a recovery key, a trusted phone number, and an Apple device. iPhone Arena.