1) LOCK YOUR IPHONE & POSSIBLY
The first thing you need
2) REMOVE DEBIT & CREDIT CARDS FROM
to do is protect your per-
sonal information. If you
have a passcode set on your
iPhone, you’re pretty safe.
But if you don’t and you set
up Find My iPhone before
losing your phone, log in to
Find My iPhone on a friend’s
phone or on your computer
via iCloud.com to lock your
phone and add a passcode.
That will at least prevent the
thief from using your phone.
If you can’t get the iPhone
back or it has extremely
sensitive information on it,
you may want to choose
Erase iPhone to delete the
phone’s data. Deleting data
won’t prevent the thief from
using your iPhone, but at
least they won’t have ac-
cess to your personal data
after that. If your iPhone
was issued to you by your employer, your IT department may
be able to remotely delete the data, too. Contact them to learn
about your options.
If you use Apple’s wireless payment service, you should
remove any credit cards or debit cards you’ve added to the
phone for use with Apple Pay (they’re easy to add back later).
Apple Pay is very secure, but it’s nice to have the peace of
mind that your credit card isn’t virtually sitting in a thief’s pocket. Sign in to iCloud.com > Settings > My Devices, select
your phone, and click Remove All under Apple Pay.
Has your iPhone been stolen? When you dis- cover that your iPhone has gone missing, you may feel anger, worry, and surprise. Don’t dwell on those feelings, though— you need to take action. What you do right away when your iPhone is stolen is very important. It could make the difference
in protecting your data or getting your phone back. Following
these 11 steps can help you recover it or, at the very least,
minimize the damage a stolen phone can result in. Good luck.
This article was originally published on Lifewire.com.