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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Apple confirms iCloud breach not the reason behind Apple ID hijack

Yesterday, we reported that several iPhone and iPad users in Australia were locked out of their devices. Apple issued a statement today clarifying that the iCloud service, which forms the backend for the Find my iPhone service, was unaffected, and that users impacted by the hack should change their Apple ID passwords.

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Bizarre Australian iPhone, iPad hijack serves as yet another reminder to use unique passwords

There are reports coming out of Australia about iPhones and iPads somehow getting locked down by Find my iPhone, in some cases with a message claiming the devices will only be unlocked if a AUS$100 ransom is paid. What makes this bizarre is that it appears to only be happening in Australia (and the internet has no borders) and it's unclear how the attackers are accessing Find my iPhone for the devices in question. So, what's going on?

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Don't risk your safety, leave finding stolen iPhones and iPads to the police

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

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