said by BlitzenZeus:
A while back a journalist got hacked, and what did they do? They remote wiped all his idevices...
Hence backing up your devices.
For me it turns out this is unusually easy: I listen to audiocourses all the time, so I connect my iPhone to my PC a coupla times a week to update my content, so I usually run a backup at the same time. When I got my new iPhone, I was restored to within the last 2 or 3 days: I'm lucky that my personal habits aligned with best practices.
But they don't always.
For exercise, I take power walks in the hills near my house, some of them quite strenuous, and I have a killer exercise app that runs on my phone. Tracks my progress with GPS, alerts, etc. Love it.
But the auto-lock was making me crazy when I was out on a walk: I'd look down to see how I was doing and would have to unlock it, all while huffing and puffing. So I turned off the PIN code and the auto-lock. This is a terrible idea, of course, but since I really don't have anything really sensitive on the device (on purpose), and since I never let it out of my sight, I figured it wouldn't be so bad. Oops.
It turns out I had just discovered a feature of my walking app that disables the auto-lock while there was route in progress, which does *exactly* what I want, but I had not re-enabled all that stuff yet.
On the new phone, I now have all the security features enabled: auto-lock, a PIN code, and find-my-phone. Since I now know
that backing up is something I actually do, I enabled the wipe-on-10-wrong-PINs feature.
Live and learn.
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