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  • iOS 7 Makes the User Enter Their Apple ID Password to Disable Find My iPhone


    In addition to the slew of already discovered features in iOS 7 beta, one of the latest features to be discovered is the need to enter the password of your Apple ID to disable the Find my iPhone feature of an iOS device.

    iOS 7 puts a lot of emphasis on security, including a new Activation Lock feature that will make it so a stolen iPhone canít be deactivated. On the other hand, the new feature requiring an Apple ID password to disable Find my iPhone on an iOS device adds to the sense of security by preventing a thief from being able to disable the Find my iPhone feature.

    Without being able to disable the feature, the device, as well as the thief, is open to being tracked by the owner from any other iOS device or computer as long as the device has an active Internet connection. In iOS 6 and earlier, the Find My iPhone feature could be enabled or disabled on demand without an Apple ID password, meaning that a thief could take anti-anti-theft precautions.

    Citing AppleInsider, the new feature isnít fail-proof; however, it does still add a small layer of security. A smart thief can still turn a device off to get away from the Internet or remove the SIM card to evade some of the many ways of finding a lost or stolen device.

    Find My iPhone is a free iCloud-based feature that works on any iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad. Apple even provides a free application in the App Store so you can manage your devices and find them on demand.

    Sources: AppleInsider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 7 Makes the User Enter Their Apple ID Password to Disable Find My iPhone started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. IPhone-Tech-Guy's Avatar
      IPhone-Tech-Guy -
      They should make a password to turn off the phone
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      that will make it so a stolen iPhone canít be deactivated.
      You mean reactivated?
    1. garfielgato2's Avatar
      garfielgato2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by IPhone-Tech-Guy View Post
      They should make a password to turn off the phone
      Agree
    1. thinknoffcenter's Avatar
      thinknoffcenter -
      This happened to me when I restored back to 6.1.4 after trying out the 1st Beta. Told me Find My iPhone needed to be disabled before I restored. Had to enter my Apple ID password before disabling it.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      Wonder if this still prevents a DFU restore. Doubt it.
    1. KraXik's Avatar
      KraXik -
      I use find my iPhone to spy on my Wife. Only problem is... She's really boring :/
    1. interstink's Avatar
      interstink -
      I just installed iOS 7. Someone just stole my phone. That thief turned off location services. Find my iPhone cant find my phone.

      OK, this is hypothetical, but has always bothered me to have the ability to disable location services and set airplane mode from lock screen.
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by interstink View Post
      I just installed iOS 7. Someone just stole my phone. That thief turned off location services. Find my iPhone cant find my phone.

      OK, this is hypothetical, but has always bothered me to have the ability to disable location services and set airplane mode from lock screen.
      Oh yeah I guess u would have to disable that the lock screen options
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I thought this was covered in the keynote.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Well duh. Took this long?
    1. StayyyFlyyy's Avatar
      StayyyFlyyy -
      Yeah what about dfu restore
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Quote Originally Posted by interstink View Post
      I just installed iOS 7. Someone just stole my phone. That thief turned off location services. Find my iPhone cant find my phone.

      OK, this is hypothetical, but has always bothered me to have the ability to disable location services and set airplane mode from lock screen.
      How do I do that without having installed a tweak?
    1. Crash326's Avatar
      Crash326 -
      Quote Originally Posted by interstink View Post
      I just installed iOS 7. Someone just stole my phone. That thief turned off location services. Find my iPhone cant find my phone.

      OK, this is hypothetical, but has always bothered me to have the ability to disable location services and set airplane mode from lock screen.

      Then disable the control center from being used on the lock screen
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by quidam_brujah View Post
      How do I do that without having installed a tweak?
      The new control center toggles in iOS 7