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iPO Quick Tip

iPhone: Setting Data Self Destruct

Odds are the data you store on your iPhone or iPod touch is personal and important to you, which means you probably don't want other people seeing what you have stashed away. Since the average iPhone user can't easily delete their data if their handheld is lost or stolen, Apple included an option that automatically deletes the contents for you, and the feature is easy to turn on.

The iPhone and iPod touch Erase Data feature requires an active passcode to work, which is a smart option to use anyhow since it adds an extra level of privacy for your personal information.

To enable the Erase Data feature, do this:

  • Tap the Settings button on your iPhone or iPod touch.
  • Now go to General > Passcode Lock.

Set your data to self destruct if your iPhone is stolen.

  • If you are already using a passcode, you'll need to enter it before continuing. If not, tap the Turn Passcode On button to add a four digit security code.
  • Tap the Erase Data switch to change it from OFF to ON.

Once the Erase Data feature is active, all of your data will be deleted from your iPhone or iPod touch if someone fails to enter the correct passcode ten times in a row -- which is a likely indication that someone is trying to guess your passcode and get at your handheld's contents without your permission.

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DrD said:

It’s important to note that this option can be enforced by an Exchange email server, which can also change the maximum allowed attempts at the passcode. I’ve been using the new NHS exchange email service for a few months and the seem to have been ‘playing’ with these settings as they have changed a few times since the service started. At present the self destruct of data is set at 8 attempts, it was much lower for a while. Interestingly there doesn’t seem to be any way of setting the number of allowed attempts yourself.

I’m trying to teach my 2 year old how to enter the passcode since she regularly sneaks off with my iphone to watch ‘Charlie and Lola’ or ‘Bob the builder’ episodes on it.

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