Posted by: bluesyemre | March 7, 2016

How to Not Lose Your Data if You Forget Your #iPhone Password


IT COULD HAPPEN to anyone: you have a few too many drinks and you can’t remember your new password, so you try a few versions before getting it right. But if you’ve enabled a certain iOS 8 security feature on your iPhone, be careful. Unless you backed up, entering the wrong passcode more than six times in a row to unlock your screen will cut you off from your phone’s data forever. This optional iPhone safeguard is suddenly in the news amid reports that Apple is refusing to help the FBI bypass the security measure in order to access data on an iPhone 5c that belonged one of the shooters in this December’s San Bernardino attack.

Password protecting your iPhone screen is an opt-in setting, but it’s a smart move. When you lock your phone screen, you protect your private data from casual snooping and more sinister intrusions. But if you do enable this passcode lock, you’d better be confident in your memory. Six password attempts isn’t that many. It’s not hard to imagine a scenario where you might enter the wrong password repeatedly, whether it’s because you’re exhausted, tipsy, or forgetful—or your kid gets ahold of your phone.

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