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With the launch of iOS 7, Apple made it harder for thieves to reuse stolen iPhones and iPads by enabling Activation Lock within Find My iPhone. One year later, with the release of iOS 8, Apple enabled Activation Lock by default on iOS devices. Without having access to the original owner’s Apple ID and password, a stolen device is absolutely useless — even if the device is somehow reset. Since Activation Lock was first introduced, iPhone thefts in New York, San Francisco, and London fell by 25 percent, 40 percent, and 50 percent respectively. With that said, another popular Apple device is gaining attention today for its lack of Activation Lock — that device is none other than the Apple Watch.... Read more...
It looks as though thieves are finding fewer reasons to target smartphones as a way to make a quick buck. Back in 2013, Apple implemented the Find My iPhone Activation Lock feature in iOS 7, which makes it extremely difficult for a stolen iPhone to be of any use without its original owner. Without a user’s Apple ID and password, a thief would be unable to turn off Find My iPhone, erase the device, or reactivate it. So someone could nab your iPhone if they wanted to, but it would completely useless in the wrong hands. With iOS 7, Activation Lock was turned when Find My iPhone was enabled. With iOS 8, Activation Lock was enabled by default. iOS 8 currently has a 72 percent adoption rate according... Read more...