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iPhone Stolen or Lost, How to Protect Privacy and Restore Data

“My iphone got stolen and was able to track it through find my iPhone but unable to go inside the factory located because it was night and we couldn’t enter it. Now my iPhone was power off and I can not track it. What I worry about is the privacy of my data. How can I protect the privacy of my data and is it possible to restore these data?”

Once your iPhone was stolen or lost, first you need to calm down. You could take some measures to prevent these data in your iPhone from being compromised. There are also some choices to get back your data on your stolen or lost iPhone.

How to Protect Privacy Data from Stolen or Lost iPhone

1. Use Find My iPhone to Protect data. If Find My iPhone is enabled on your missing device, you can use Find My iPhone to find your device and take additional actions that can help you recover it and keep your data safe. Sign in to icloud.com/find on a Mac or PC, or use the Find My iPhone app on another iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Turn on lost Mode. If you added credit or debit cards to Apple Pay, the ability to make payments using Apple Pay on the device will be suspended when you put your device in Lost Mode. You can also choose to erase your device to prevent anyone else from accessing the data on your stolen or lost iphone.

2. Report your stolen iPhone to the Police. You could report your lost or stolen iPhone to local law enforcement and to police. You need to register your lost iPhone at the police station, if they find your iPhone, they will give it back to you. They might need you provide the serial number of your device. You can find the number on the original box or receipt. If you do not remember it, you could find it from https://supportprofile.apple.com/ as long as you have registered your device with your own Apple ID.

3. Report your stolen iPhone to carrier. Once you lost your iPhone, your SIM card can be used in other device for calling, messages, etc. You’d better report your carrier to deactivate your account. The carrier might also be able to add your lost iPhone to a database of lost and stolen device.

How to Restore Data from Stolen iPhone

Restore data with iTunes backup. First you need to make sure that your iPhone has been backed up on iTunes before you lost them. Then run iTunes and connect the other device that you want to restore the backup with computer. Choose “Restore iPhone from Backup” in the “Summary” tab.

Restore data with iCloud backupTo restore data from an iCloud backup, you must erase the contents on your device first by doing like this: Setting> Reset> Erase All Contents and Setting. Then the device will restart and run to the Setup Assistant tab, just select “Restore from iCloud” and sign in iCloud account.

Restore data with iRefone. If you just want to selectively restore your data in your iTunes or iCloud backup, you could use backup extractor, iRefone to help you retrieve these data from backup. These professional tool allows you to preview data before you restore them and only recover these data you need.

Tips to Protect Your Device

Always use the passcode lock. Set the screen passcode is the most basic of security features. Once you set the posscode, you could prevent others accessing your personal information when your iPhone was stolen or lost. Go to Settings> General> Passcode Lock to set the passcode.

Updata iOS Device.Keep your iPhone or iPad up to date by regularly applying updated in iTunes. This will ensure you have the latest security patches, and fix bugs such as the numerous lockscreen bypass issues.

Set a SIM PIN. This set could prevent someone from removing your SIM card, placing it in another device and making unlimited calls. Just go to Settings> Phone> SIM PIN> On to set it.

Backup data regularly. Backup data is the best way to avoid data lost. You’d better back up data to your iTunes, iCloud or computer from time to time, once you lost your device, you could restore these data.
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