Security

How to remove an Activation Lock on iPhone

Activation Lock iPhone

Activation Lock helps keep your iPhone and personal data safe. In the early days of the iPhone, devices were more easily stolen and wiped for resale on the black market. Thanks to Activation Lock and Find My, devices are kept secure from anyone who's not the rightful owner. A lost iPhone can even be erased remotely. Without your Apple ID and password an iPhone cannot be erased or reactivated, and Find My cannot be switched off.

How to block users on Spotify

Spotify

Spotify has added a new feature to the social component of its music streaming service. Users can now block individual users from the app, without contacting Spotify customer service. Previously there was a button to "Report abuse", but no way to quickly prevent all interactions with another user. The latest functionality started rolling out to Spotify's app users last week.

How to fix Apple Watch won't unlock iPhone

unlock iPhone with Apple Watch face covering

Some iPhone owners have encountered problems unlocking with Apple Watch. The issue can be especially inconvenient when trying to unlock the iPhone with a face covering. The issue crops up inconsistently on iPhone 13 models with iOS 15 installed. Luckily, Apple has acknowledged the issue and delivered a fix. There are other tweaks included in the fix for minor bugs as well.

How to factory reset Apple Watch

Apple Watch SE

Selling or trading in a used Apple Watch? The best way to protect personal data before handing over your old device is to factory reset. Following this procedure wipes the Apple Watch clean, leaving it set up with the default configuration found new in the box. Apple Watch data is largely backed up on iCloud and via the paired iPhone, so owners can transfer this information to a new watch.

How to make iPhone require a passcode

iPhone passcode required

The most secure way to protect personal information on an iPhone is with a strong passcode. While Face ID and Touch ID make it convenient to access devices on a daily basis, in some situations forcing a passcode requirement improves security. Forcing passcode entry is more difficult than invoking Face ID or Touch ID against the device owner's will.

Holding an iPhone up in front of someone's face can easily unlock the device. In similar fashion, all it takes is one fingerprint to render everything accessible from the iPhone home screen.

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