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Find my iPhone Feature

Lisa Niday - Sunday, October 04, 2009

This week's column is short and sweet but a lesson learned at my expense so I hope I can help all you iPhone users avoid problems. I am traveling abroad right now and brought my iPhone. It was stolen in Madrid. Fortunately my phone is on a company plan, and they wiped the phone immediately when I reported it stolen.

For most of us, we won't have this security system in place but Apple has done it for you. You need to do a couple of things to activate. First of all you need to be on the iPhone software 3.0, see previous Tech Tips in the archives for how to do this. Once you are on this software, you can either activate this from your iTunes menu when you sync or for those .Mac members you can log into your account and activate.

It will require you to submit a password, so essentially it can track your iPhone. If your phone gets stolen or lost you can either go to the website and tell it to find your iPhone. It can lock the iPhone and wipe all the information on the phone remotely. This is of upmost importance because most of you have contact information or other sensitve personal information stored in your iPhone.

Secondly, this incident reinforces the reason to back up or sync your iPhone through iTunes on a regular basis. Once I receive my new iPhone I will simply connect it to my computer and have it restore from my back up so I won't lose my applications, email, contacts or calendars.

There you have it, two tips to save you in case you lose or have your iPhone stolen. I hope this never happens but better safe than sorry.

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