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Mads Hindhede Svanegaard

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A pple is cracking down on iPhone theft. the company, along with its network of apple authorized service Providers, will stop repairing iPhones that have been marked missing in the GsMa device Registry. a MacRumors article about apple's decision explains what this is: the GsMa device Registry is a global database designed for customers to report their devices as missing in the event of loss or theft. the goal here isn't to catch thieves, or even to identify buyers who have knowingly (or unknowingly) purchased a hot iPhone. the idea is to make it difficult to repair an iPhone that has been marked missing — and thus to deter theft by shrinking the market for stolen iPhones. If you didn't turn on find My apple's move is laudable, and will hopefully cut down on iPhone thefts over time. But it's not going to help you directly if your iPhone has been stolen! so what do you do if your device goes missing? Well, it depends. if you don't have Find My enabled, your options are basically limited to damage control. You're unlikely to get your device back — but you can still protect any sensitive data that can be accessed through it! here's what apple recommends: Protect your Apple ID First up, you need to secure your apple id, as this is the gateway to a lot of your personal data. take a moment to change your apple id password — or passwords, plural, if you have more than one apple id. Secure your accounts Your device can give a thief access to other accounts, too ( just think of how many websites and apps you're logged into right now). Change your passwords for any accounts that you have on your device. start with the highest priority accounts: financial, email, cloud storage, social media. then work your way down the list. call the cops Repor t your iPhone missing to your local law enforcement agency. Be aware that they may need the serial or iMei/Meid number of your lost device: apple provides guidance on how to f ind the number if you're not sure what yours is. call your carrier Let your wireless carrier know that your device has gone missing. they can disable your account to prevent a bad guy from making calls or sending texts in your name. some wireless plans even insure devices, so be sure to file a claim if that applies to you. Remove your device if you've ever signed into your iPhone using t wo -fac tor authentication, the device is considered a " trusted device" by apple. this means that it can be used to verif y your identit y when you tr y to sign in to an apple ser vice on another device or in another browser. For this reason, it's ver y impor tant to remove any lost or stolen devices from your list of trusted devices. You can do this at appleid. Macdirectory 123 FEaTuRE 2 3 4 5 1

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