Cyberattack that locked Apple devices in Australia reaches U.S.

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  1. dragon671556 macrumors member

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  2. ionjohn macrumors 65816

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    Put one and make it so it only asks every 4 hours
     
  3. HRPufnstuf macrumors member

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    What purpose would it serve to ask at 4 hours?
     
  4. hungx macrumors 6502

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    Since the OP doesn't normally use a passcode, setting a passcode will allow him/her to easily take back control of the device if it's hacked.
     
  5. OSMac macrumors 65816

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    Why does having a passcode help if find my phone is being hacked?

    Then Apple suggests users change the apple password?

    Any have the clear facts on this....
     
  6. mtneer macrumors 68030

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    I am looking forward to macrumors putting up an article on this - either to warn users about this & what precautions to take OR debunk this story if it's an urban legend.
     
  7. HRPufnstuf macrumors member

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    Yea I understand the pass code purpose. To ask after 4 hours is pointless.
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Because the "hack" would basically just lock your device with your passcode.

    If you already have a passcode, then that's easy since you can just unlock it.

    If you don't have a passcode, the "hacker" can then set it via Find My iPhone and then you pretty much have to either reset the device or pay the ransom.

    Hence if you don't want a passcode, to protect against this set a passcode but set the timer to 4 hours.
     
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    Link to Apple Support forum discussion where Australian users affected have been hashing this out since Monday 05/26/2014 when the trouble hit them hard.
     
  10. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    What does this "4 Hours" mean exactly? I'm lost and don't understand.
     
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  12. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    You can choose in Settings how much time before having to enter your passcode to unlock your device. Choices are: Immediately, After 1 minute, After 5 minutes, After 15 minutes, After 1 hour and After 4 hours.
     
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    You can set your device to ask for your passcode every 4 hours.

    Edit: Never mind. Looks like someone beat me to it.
     
  15. Dave245 macrumors 603

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    As Apple recommended everyone change their password or just those that have been effected? i haven't changed my password yet!
     
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