iPhone 4 Stolen

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by SoPeng, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. SoPeng macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2012
    Ok so I'm very new to this forum and I just have a few questions.
    So about 3 months ago my iphone 4 was stolen on the beach.
    Don't ask, I was being irresponsible and drinking..
    Anywho, my phone has a 4 digit passcode on it.
    I thought i activated the "find my iphone app" on my phone in icloud but i didn't. (Sad life).
    Anyways, I'm not concerned about..the phone I just bought an iphone5..
    which indeed i was smart enough to activate the application this time.
    My only concern about my 4 is can the person unlock my phone?.
    And if they can, will they be able to get my personal information such as emails and photos?( the only thing i care about really because iphone4 doesn't have much value anymore.)
    I also deactivated my at&t account just incase.
    But now i'm currently with sprint.
    I also reported my iphone stolen the same night.
    The representative at Apple told me it is rare to get through a passcode but I rather get information from you folks since this seems like a legit apple user site.
    Any information would put my mind at ease because it just disturbs me if a person is able to look at my emails and texts and pictures.

  2. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    If you had a 4 digit passcode, there are only 10,000 possible combinations so it's possible that someone could systematically try all of them to gain access (unless you had wipe after x failed attempts turned on).

    It's far more likely, however, that whoever stole it just wiped it
  3. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    someone could guess the pass code, but you did the right thing by changing your passwords and what not. Most likely when people steal a phone, they just hook it to itunes and restore it for personal use. Very few people are after the personal information on the phone....they just want the phone itself.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I wouldn't worry about it now, they probably did wipe it.
  5. SoPeng thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2012
    Ok thanks so much for your knowledge about iphones.
    I am never going to let my new phone out of my sight,
    and if something happens at least I have my app activated.
    I just did a test run on my Mac to find my phone and it worked.:D
  6. Interstella5555 macrumors 603


    Jun 30, 2008
    Did you change the password for your accounts (first thing I did after my 4 was stolen) Short answer - Yes, if they managed to get the passcode then they would have access to everything locally stored on your device, but, for the most part, people who steal phone are more interested in the hardware than any info on it.
  7. SoPeng thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2012
    Most of my emails yes. Although the sucky part is..
    I have emails on the phone that i don't remember
    but for the most part..if they are emails i don't remember then they aren't really that important.:)
  8. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    With 3 months gone by since the loss - chances are any problems would show up by now. Things could still happen, but with time....

    You did the smart thing with the new phone by TESTING the find my iphone.

    As to using a 4 digit code. You have uncovered one of the reasons to NOT have that. Some people do try to find the owner by calling recent phone numbers, etc. With a lock, they can not do that. Of course, some people would just steal it.

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