With the onset of iOS 5.0, iMessages has become a big hit. Most of the SMS communication is now being conducted over the iMessages app which is far cheaper than using up the message packs. But as with many things advanced, iMessages too has a problem – when your iPhone is stolen or lost.
A stolen / lost iPhone is really bad. What’s worse is, if you’ve been using iMessages, you’ll pretty soon realize that messages sent to you via iMessages only go to that device! Well, almost the same problem occurs with SMS also and you’ll need to figure out a way to fix this problem. Especially, if the messages are going to be sensitive enough, no need to say how important thing could be.
Here’s how to protect iMessages on stolen iPhone:
1). Wipe the device clean remotely through the ‘Find My iPhone’ app.
2). Call up the service provider and ask to cancel the SIM card. This will terminate all communication to the device containing that SIM.
3). Now, just get another SIM-card associating it with your own number.
As simple as it sounds, looks like it took a long time for people to figure it out – but we’re real thankful to whoever found that idea.
There’s another idea too. You can activate the SIM PIN – which is a 4-digit code which should be entered every time the SIM is being used. Suppose the iPhone gets lost, and you activate the SIM PIN – then, every time someone picks your iPhone to read a message, send a message, make a call etc. he/she would need to enter that 4-digit PIN. Surprisingly, it’s hard to crack and the SIM can get locked if multiple wrong-passcodes are given. This, however, works best only with carriers like AT&T – not Verizon for sure.
The first method is the best – because it saves you the trouble of having to lock your SIM – and (going by the second method) when you retrieve the SIM, you should either remember the SIM PIN or go through a lot of procedures. And the fact that it wont work on Verizon makes it clear that the first method is obviously the first choice.