Posted by: David Harley | May 15, 2015

Apple watch – no Activation Lock

I don’t have (and probably never will have) an Apple watch: I’m quite happy to have a watch that just tells the time. Still, I’m surprised to read on the iDownloadBlog that Watch OS 1.0 lacks the necessary security features to dissuade thieves: that is, it doesn’t have Activation Lock, so it’s ‘ …extremely easy to reset an Apple Watch to default settings, bypassing the passcode, and pairing it with a different iPhone.’

I’d be sorry if I lost my current watch, but it’s just a watch: an iGadget is a different kettle of data. To be fair, ‘…the Apple Watch does protect your data. If you have a passcode lock on the device, which we wholeheartedly recommend, at least it will prevent the thief from accessing your personal data on the device.’ What it doesn’t do is  dissuade a thief from stealing it in the way that is many people have got used to on iPhones and other iGadgets. If you do lose it, there’s nothing to stop the next ‘owner’ from resetting it and using it as if they’d just bought it.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World


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