Friday, July 12, 2024

Toddler Enters Wrong Password And Locks iPhone For 48 Years

A two-year-old boy in Shanghai locked his mother’s phone by repeatedly entering the wrong password. He did this so many times that the phone was locked out for 25 million minutes, which equals 48 years. Wow.

According to Metro, this is not uncommon. A technician from China said that he’d seen phones that were locked for over 80 years.

Why does this random thing happen? It’s due to Apple’s security system, which locks the phone in increasing increments of time the more a wrong password is entered. To break it down even further: Every time someone enters the wrong password, a phone gets progressively locked out for longer periods of time, which some might argue is a dumb and useless security measure.

Via South China Morning Post:

I couldn’t really wait for 48 years and tell my grandchild it was your father’s mistake.

If you phone gets locked out for over 40 years due to a little kid, it’s not the end of the world. To be able to access the device, if you’re still alive, you have to completely erase the data and do a factory reset, which really sucks. The wisest thing to do here is to keep your phone out of a toddler’s reach. Buy them a kids tablet or something.

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