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iOS 17.3 is out, adding Stolen Device Protection for your iPhone

The iPhone 15 Pro in hand.
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iOS 17.3 is out, and it comes with a new security feature that’s supposed to prevent thieves from taking your iPhone and quickly taking over access to anything stored in iCloud as well as other important accounts like your bank or email. Instead of relying on your lock screen passcode for security (as thieves have learned to trick people into entering it in front of them before they take off with the phone), Stolen Device Protection requires you to scan your fingerprint or use Face ID when performing certain actions, such as viewing saved passwords or applying for a new Apple Card.

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iOS 17.3 update notes

The feature also introduces a waiting period when performing more sensitive actions, such…

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