Iphone stolen, then find my iphone disabled

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by JJwong, Nov 18, 2016.

  1. JJwong macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys,

    I had my phone stolen yesterday, picked out of my pocket. Then, today I received an unsettling email to the gmail account linked to my icloud - that find my iphone had been disabled on my phone.

    Loosing my phone isn't too bad, I can replace it. However, what is scary is the thief knew my lock screen passcode, as well as my icloud password, because that is required to disable find my iphone.

    So, I'm worried that they have all my info and are going to use it for ill. It was an iphone 6 plus, ios10 i believe.

    I don't get how they got my password, lock screen code. Can anyone think of other scenarios and explanations to what happened?

    Best,
    Justin
     
  2. unclemax macrumors regular

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    The first thing you should do is to change your AppleID and your Gmail account passwords.
     
  3. addamas macrumors 6502

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    Have you had similar or the same password for iCloud and Gmail?
    I don't see any other idea how they was able to change your iCloud password then
     
  4. willmtaylor, Nov 18, 2016
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    This is extremely unlikely. Extremely.

    Were you commuting at the time? Could the thief have watched you out in your passcode?

    Obviously your account didn't have 2-factor authentication on?
     
  5. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    Turn on 2-factor authentication immediately.
     
  6. anthonybyrd827 macrumors newbie

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  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    They dont need your iphone passcode to remove find my iphone.
    It can be done by logging in to your icloud account.
    Not sure how they got your apple id and password to do that but change your password and enable 2 step authentication right away.
     
  8. Beenblacklisted macrumors 6502

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    ******** post, just trying to weasel out info from the collective community.
     
  9. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    ...huh?
     
  10. Tsuchiya macrumors 68020

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    He believes it is an elaborate ruse to hustle information from the community. I.e, OP is asking if there are holes in iCloud security that can be exploited.

    As for the original post, I find it highly unlikely a stranger has managed to disable find my iPhone when I don't believe the Apple ID can be found from a locked screen. Unless they were extraordinarily lucky in guessing the passcode before the iPhone was disabled and your account security was weak.
     
  11. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    I see. Thanks for the clarification.
     
  12. decafjava macrumors 68000

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    Yea, I'm guessing we won't see the OP again.
     
  13. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    It doesn't matter. I like to see the community confirming that there are no "holes" in iCloud lock.
     
  14. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    Turn on 2FA and there are absolutely no holes.
     
  15. addamas macrumors 6502

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    2FA is great security - it even blocked me when I downgraded my SE to 9.3.5 few weeks ago and I was unable to get codes. After I finally found second phone and switched SIM card I got sms with code.
     
  16. decafjava macrumors 68000

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    Yup. I turned it on recently myself. Very good practice.
     
  17. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    I have to thank the OP, honest or not the OP also got me to activate my 2FA after reading this.
     
  18. Black05Hemi macrumors member

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    Guys, how come the 2FA isn't showing up for me as an option to enable? I want that extra security, didn't even know about it till I found this thread.
     
  19. RedOrchestra Suspended

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    2FA isn't that big of a deal IF you're not in iCloud or if your devices have strong passwords.
     
  20. unclemax, Nov 19, 2016
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    Can it be that you have two-step verification enabled?

    Two-step verification and two-factor authentication are different things in Apple ecosystem, although based on a similar principle.

    To enable the two-factor authentication you need to a) have at least one device capable of running iOS 9, OSX El Capitan or later b) disable the two-step verification if it is on
     
  21. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    Not necessarily. When I travel on the train, I see many people unlocking phones, many do it in clear sight, so if I wanted I could write down their passcodes. And you often travel with the same people. So if I was a thief and talented that way, I could probably steal someone's phone _and_ know their passcode. Someone with an even more evil mind than me might post how far you will get with a stolen phone, plus passcode, but without the Apple Id.
     
  22. Black05Hemi macrumors member

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    It's not enabled as far as I know. My 6S+ is on 9.3.5, if that makes any difference. I go to icloud on the phone, password and security, and there's no 2AF to enable. I dunno, i'm confused here.
     
  23. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    What's the difference between "two-step verification" and "two-factor authentication" @unclemax ?
     
  24. Ca_lvn macrumors member

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    Were do you turn on 2FA ?
     

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