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Researchers crack iPad, iPhone PINs

"Shoulder surfing" refers to the practice of looking over someone's shoulder to watch them enter a PIN on a mobile device, like an iPad. It's not the most sophisticated hack ever, but it works, as long as the interloper has a line of sight. However, researchers from Lowell, Massachusetts have...

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How to set up a complex passcode on your iOS device

Smartphones and tablets these days store an incredible amount of information, and with much of it sensitive and personal, many users like to keep their device somewhat private by limiting who has access. With the introduction of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s, Apple sought to make iOS devices more...

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Use special characters for a more secure iPhone passcode

The iPhone's passcode feature offers front-line security to your device and its contents. If you're not using a passcode, you ought to seriously consider it. I know that typing it over and over is a pain, but I guarantee it's less painful than losing a phone that's wide open. There are two types...

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How to fix an iPad that's been disabled after entering the wrong passcode

Have you ever picked up your iPad, only to discover it has been disabled by your curious children who entered the password too many times? Or maybe you've done it yourself when you've forgotten the passcode you created a month ago? if you enter in an incorrect password too many times, iOS will...

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Securing your iPhone or iPad for your children, Part 2: Setup iOS parental controls to prevent in-app purchases

There has been a string of high-profile cases where children have racked up thousands of dollars in credit card charges through in-app purchases. In these cases and others like them, the iOS devices used by the children have not been properly locked down by the parents. In this three-part...

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Another passcode bypass flaw found in iOS 6.1

Just over a week after a flaw was discovered in iOS 6.1 that grants unauthorized access to passcode-protected devices, a new exploit has surfaced that opens up user data to prying eyes even further. Threatpost reports that the newly discovered vulnerability lets unscrupulous folks connect an iOS...

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Apple seeks patent for unlocking devices by identifying contact photos

The brains in Cupertino have come up with a way to unlock your iPhone and other devices that's definitely a lot more novel than entering a passcode. In a patent application uncovered by Patently Apple, the company details a way to authenticate your identity by speaking the names of Address Book...

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Inside iPhone 3.0: Fix too-strict passcode lock settings for Exchange users

If your iPhone was connected to an Exchange server for email, contact or calendar synchronization prior to your upgrade to the 3.0 software, you may have run into the same problem that was bugging me for a day or so: the timeout on the passcode lock gets set to "Immediate," forcing you to enter the...

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iPhone 101: Protect your device with a passcode

Are you worried that your iPhone or its data might get stolen? If you are, then this post is for you! Let's take a look at the iPhone's security options, starting in Settings > General > Passcode Lock. If this is your first time visiting the Passcode Lock settings, then you will be prompted to...

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