How the safety feature built into iOS prevented grand theft iPhone this week

The festival scene is not a good place to get lax with your possessions. Many smartphones are stolen each year at Coachella, but this year one of the most prolific festival crooks was caught red-handed with around 130 stolen smartphones – all thanks to Find My iPhone.

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Find My iPhone makes it easy to track your devices

Police noticed a trend of devices going missing from a particular tent at the festival, and managed to work with iPhone users to track down the culprit. Find My iPhone is a feature that lets users track a lost device, or wipe its data remotely if they think it’s gone for good. The predominantly young, tech-savvy crowd at Coachella were able to activate the feature in droves via iCloud.com, which helped pinpoint the thief.

Read more: how to set up Find My iPhone

This story really highlights the importance of activating these security features, and is a strong reminder to do so if you haven’t already. Find My iPhone is a brilliant way to track a lost or stolen device – you can also use it to remotely lock users out of the phone and display a “lost message” complete with alternative phone number right from the lock screen. And despite the feature’s name, you can use it to track any Apple device, not just iPhones.

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