Find my iPhone

Everything you need to know about Apple service for remotely finding, messaging, or wiping a lost or stolen iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac

Everything you need to know about Apple service for remotely finding, messaging, or wiping a lost or stolen iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac

Find my iPhone, sometimes also called Find my iPod, Find my iPad, or Find my Mac when referring to the same app running on those devices, is both a free service and app offered by Apple. The service is available on all Apple devices as part of iCloud. When you setup a new Apple device, it'll be offered to you and, if you accept, Apple will start to track your device. That means, if your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, or Mac is ever lost or stolen, Find my iPhone can help you get it back.

To do that, however, you need to download and install the free Find my iPhone app on iOS, or go to iCloud.com on a web browser on the Mac or any PC. Once a device is located, you can remotely message is, have it make a sound, lock it, or wipe it entirely. With iOS 7 and activation lock, Find my iPhone can even prevent a this from disabling the service. If you have an Apple product, you should be using it.

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Find my Mac passcode lock brute-force attack: What you need to know!

When Apple launched Find my Mac as an extension to their Find my iPhone system back in October of 2011 they included the ability to lock a Mac down so that it couldn't be accessed or rebooted into alternate modes. The lock, however, was implemented using a simple 4-digit passcode (PIN). That meant, with only 10,000 possible combinations, the passcode was susceptible to brute force attack. That's nothing new. It's been known since the start. What's new is that automated tools have now been developed to make the attack both easier and faster, and they're being reported on without a lot of context. So, is it something you should worry about?

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How to secure your iPhone and iPad with Activation Lock

iPhones and iPads are stolen on a daily basis and while you can't always keep it from happening, you can make sure that a thief can't simply disable Find My iPhone leaving you without a way to track it by using Activation Lock. Not only that, it can also keep them from being able to restore your iPhone or iPad as new without your Apple ID, rendering it pretty much useless to them. Here's how:

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Apple updates Find my iPhone for iOS 7

Find my iPhone, which also serves as Find my iPod touch and Find my iPad, has been update with an all new, all clean design optimized for iOS 7.

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Find My iPhone gets updated, glitching out for some iOS 6 users

Find My iPhone has just been updated to version 2.0.3 and all Apple's saying is that it contains bug fixes and stability improvements.

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How we handle security at iMore: Our apps and approaches to keeping our data safe!

All this week on Talk Mobile we've been discussing security - how we keep our information, and the information of others safe. Each of us here at iMore have different approaches, different go-to apps and authentication methods, and generally different levels of paranoia we try to balance with the realities of time and convenience. So what do we do? What security apps and authentication approaches make up our personal arsenals? Here we go...

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iOS 7 preview: Activation lock aims to keep out the crooks

Find my iPhone - also referred to as Find my iPod or Find my iPad on those devices - has always been a great way to help you find your phone or tablet under a sofa, in another room, or even at a restaurant, coffee shop, theater, or similar public place. It's been great for lost devices. Stolen devices, not so much. Now, with iOS 7, Apple is addressing theft with what they hope is a powerful new deterrent - activation lock. With Talk Mobile 2013 security week underway, lets see how it stands up...

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Find my iPhone toughening up in iOS 7, requires Apple ID to erase the phone

iOS 7 is taking security pretty seriously, with some updates to Find my iPhone that requires your Apple ID and password in order to perform a remote erase. This also applies to turning off Find my iPhone, making it much tougher to access should you ever lose it or have it stolen.

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Sprint location glitch leads owners of stolen phones to the home of unknowing Las Vegas man

Services such as Find my iPhone are great as long as they work the way they're supposed to. Wayne Dobson, a 59 year old Las Vegas resident, has learned the hard way what happens when cell phone tracking programs malfunction. Owners of lost cell phones keep showing up at his door demanding their phones back. The only problem is, he doesn't have them. The problem seems to be isolated to Sprint cell phone users and due to a glitch that shows owners of lost devices that they are located near Dobson's home.

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How to delete an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac from Find my iPhone

Find my iPhone is a great way to track lost or stolen devices. Once you've got the service set up and configured you're pretty much good to go. But what if you want to delete an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac from Find my iPhone? You will have a need to do this if you ever upgrade and sell your old device, have to swap something out for a new one at the Apple Store, or had a repair done that changed the identifier on the logic board.

So if you've got an entire clutter of devices in your account and some of them aren't even active anymore, we can help you clear those out so you only see the ones that matter right now. Follow along and we'll get it done together.

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Find my iPhone now has driving directions to device locations

Apple's Find my iPhone app has been updated to include driving direction to device location. The Play Sound, Lost Mode, and Erase buttons also now appear separately from the map view. The driving directions feature requires iOS 6, so users still on iOS 5 will not be able to enjoy this convenience.

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