iOS 7 security flaw may not let you recover your stolen iPhone

One of the coolest features that Apple debuted years ago, and which other platforms have adopted over the years, is a way for you to find your iPhone if misplaced or stolen. The service was initially part of MobileMe, then became free for all users as “Find my iPhone”, and is now part of iCloud, which is free for everyone as well. The service can pin-point where your device is, make it ring if you can’t find it, and even sends messages to the phone in case it was stolen. Sadly the service has been proven to be far from perfect today.

For you to disable “Find my iPhone” you have to enter your password, which is the system Apple uses to not allow thieves to disable the service. Sadly, the video at the bottom shows us how a simple walk-around will help you get this done. Simply go to the iCloud settings, tap and hold on a couple of toggles as you can see on the video, then restart the phone, and that’ll allow you to disable the iCloud account of the stolen iPhone.

This test was conducted on an older iPhone 4s model, so it’s hard to tell if it’ll be persistent across the platform, so imply beware of any issues, and make sure you take precautions as the last thing you want is to lose the phone completely. This will most likely be patched in a future iOS 7 update.

Source: Miguel Alvarado (YouTube)
Via: 9to5Mac

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