Jesse Hollington on the iMessage/Stolen iPhone Thing

Jesse Hollington:

On Apple’s side, a great solution to this particular problem would be to simply refuse to reactivate any services after a remote wipe until some type of authentication has occurred. However, there is something that everybody can do now and IMHO everybody should be doing anyway if you’re at all concerned about any GSM phone falling into the wrong hands…

Set a PIN code on your SIM card.

Update: Setting a SIM PIN isn’t as easy as it seems. Matt Drance:

Enormous omission: Many SIMs have default PINs. You can lock yourself out by “setting” a new one.

Here’s AT&T’s FAQ. The iPhone UI for this is indeed terrible — it gives you no indication that it’s prompting you for an existing PIN.

Wednesday, 21 December 2011