Losing one’s phone might not be as scary as it was back in the day, thanks to the ability to back data up on cloud-based servers. But still, losing a phone is not how you want to start (or finish) your day with, right? Apple’s iPhone tracking service ‘Find my iPhone’ can track the phone for you if misplaced, but a recent iOS bug disables the feature, making the device untraceable. Also Read - Apple adds UPI, RuPay, net banking on App Store: How to add new payment methods
According to 9to5Mac, if someone finds your iPhone (which is not password protected) and jailbreaks it, all he’d need to do is switch a few options and the phone will lose its Find My iPhone feature. In a video attached below, it demonstrates how easy it is to fool the system into bypassing certain security checkpoints. The phone used in the video was jailbroken and running on iOS 7.1. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy A22 in pictures: A fancy 5G phone
Apple had earlier introduced “Activation Lock” to keep the data in the iPhone safe in case of theft. Also, without the user’s Apple ID and password, the stolen iPhone won’t be operable. And the same login credentials would be required to turn off the Find My iPhone feature. Now all that sounds good, but this bug confirms that the feature can be turned off without the need to login again. Also Read - Happy Friendship Day 2021: 5 cool tech gifts under Rs 500
We hope Apple’s working to find a fix. So how to save your phone from this? Well, as the report suggests, keep the phone password protected and the thief should, in turn, be kept away from accessing the settings.