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With the constant evolution of security threats, Apple is introducing new security settings with its iOS 17.3 developer beta. These enhanced measures are designed to prevent unauthorized individuals from gaining access to your personal information, including account passwords.
Apple announced the release of the iOS 17.3 developer beta on Tuesday, adding new security enhancements aimed at safeguarding user information from potential thieves. These improvements are expected to be available to all users in the final version of iOS 17.3, which Apple plans to release in the coming weeks.
The new security measures introduced in the developer beta include the mandatory use of Face ID or Touch ID before conducting sensitive activities, such as viewing passwords or using stored payment methods in Safari.
Once this setting is activated, the device will require biometric verification for actions like accessing iCloud keychain passwords, disabling lost mode, transferring money from Apple Cash to your bank account, erasing all content and settings, and using your iPhone to set up a new device.
In addition to the above, certain actions will necessitate biometric authentication coupled with a delay. These include changing your Apple ID password, adding or removing Face ID or Touch ID, disabling Find My feature, and turning off stolen device protection.
For added security, users will need to pass the biometric authentication again after an hour of delay to complete these tasks.
These new changes introduced by Apple will make it challenging for thieves to alter passwords or access payment information, even if they have knowledge of your passcode.
Earlier this year, The Wall Street Journal reported multiple incidents where thieves observed people at bars to decipher the passcodes protecting their iPhones. The perpetrators would then steal the devices and swiftly enter the passcodes, changing the users’ passwords, including those of their iCloud accounts and payment accounts.
In response to these evolving threats, Apple has said, “As threats to user devices continue to evolve, we work tirelessly to develop powerful new protections for our users and their data. iPhone data encryption has long led the industry, and a thief can’t access data on a stolen iPhone without knowing the user’s passcode.”
The company further added, “In the rare cases where a thief can observe the user entering the passcode and then steal the device, Stolen Device Protection adds a sophisticated new layer of protection.”
The new security feature is currently accessible to those testing the developer version. The final version, featuring these enhanced security measures, will be available to all users upon the official release of iOS 17.3.
In conclusion, Apple continues to prioritize user safety and privacy with its latest iOS 17.3 developer beta. The tech giant’s ongoing efforts to enhance security and thwart potential threats underline its commitment to providing a secure and user-friendly environment for its global customer base.