October 28, 2017
The “Find iPhone” function is very useful, it allows you to not only detect the device, but also, if necessary, delete all information on it. Apple developers have gone further in their concern for protecting consumer data and have introduced another tool that makes iPhone theft senseless. It will be about blocking activation, is it possible to get around it and what it means.
What is activation lock?
Activation Lock is an extension of the Find iPhone option, which is an iOS security tool that restricts attackers from accessing the phone. When the search service is enabled, then the iPhone activation lock is implemented automatically. Moreover, it is not made on iPhone, but on Apple servers. In this case, flashing or restoring the device will not help.
Activation Lock Features
With the introduction of an activation lock, owners of the iPhone and iPad have become available with additional security settings. Now you can control the access of some applications to user data: address book, photos and videos, notes, etc., as well as configure the storage of passwords or bank card data. For the first time such a tool was introduced in iOS 7 and it was a development of the idea, which was embedded in the search function.
When the “Find iPhone” service was launched, it was necessary to log in and thereby link the mobile device to the account. And in case of theft or loss, you can use iCloud services to track its coordinates, delete data, if necessary, or block it. But such a lock was removed without difficulty restoring the original settings.
With the introduction of Activation Lock, such a method will no longer make the device function. You will be required to enter your Apple ID with a password.
What is dangerous activation lock for the device owner
With the advent of iOS 7, the search service is already enabled in the system settings, therefore, the lock is activated. If access to the identifier is lost or the password to it is forgotten, then it will not work to delete personal information if necessary. It will not be possible to restore or activate the phone after the update. Contacting Apple Support will also fail.
Password recovery is possible if you have access to registration mail. However, even this does not guarantee a positive result.
Therefore, before activating the Find iPhone service, save your Apple ID and password in a safe place.
How to unlock
Apple device owners are wondering if this option can be removed or disabled.
The author of a difficult but working way to bypass activation locks is B. Schlabs, an employee of Security Research Labs.
First you need to check the iPhone and make sure that it is turned on and in standby mode, and to unlock it you need to enter an identifier with a password. But there is no such data.
Then the first thing to do is disconnect the gadget from the Internet. To do this, we activate from the “Airplane Mode” control center or simply pull out the SIM card. Thus, we get a margin of time for password selection.
Next, we select a four-digit password.
Now you can unlock iPhone and log in to your account.
Then, restore the password on the iforgot.apple.com resource.
Connect to the Internet and go to e-mail. Open the email with the recovery link and copy it.
Disconnect from the Internet and use the browser search bar to go to the desired link. Now it remains to enter a new password.
Delete the previous iCloud account to which the mobile device was linked, thereby disabling the gadget search function, and with it the activation lock. Then you can set up your iPhone as new.
How to unlock your device via iTunes
To use this method, you must perform the following steps:
We connect the mobile device to the PC using the USB cable and wait for the notification from iTunes that the iPhone is in recovery mode. We confirm this action by pressing the appropriate button.
The program itself selects the current firmware version and downloads it. You just have to give consent to its installation.
Next, the procedure is performed automatically. At the end of the operation, a window appears on the screen of the gadget with a proposal to configure it as a new device.
How to protect your iPhone from unauthorized use
First of all, you need to block access to the control center. To do this, in the system settings in the desired section, translate the switch to the off position. Thus, it will be impossible to turn on Airplane mode, therefore, attackers will not be able to access Bluetooth and wireless networks.
If you use the lock with a password, then you will not be able to operate the phone in Airplane Mode. Put it easy. It is necessary in the settings to go to the "Basic" section, then to the item "Touch ID and password" where you should enter a password consisting of four characters.
If your device has a fingerprint scanner, then in the settings you need to make that fingerprint that is not involved in everyday management. Then the attackers will not be able to duplicate it from the screen.
If the device is stolen or lost, urgently enable the loss mode using the iCloud service. Thus, the device will be blocked.