The Apple Watch has been found to have a major security flaw, allowing thieves to easily wipe and reuse it. Or sell it on to someone else.
Apple’s iPhone and iPad come with a tool called Activation Lock which stops a stolen product from being reset and activated with a different iTunes account. But the company’s new smartwatch has no such feature.
This means users can bypass the watch's basic passcode security and perform a factory reset, allowing them to use it with a different iPhone to the one the device was originally registered with.
Bypassing the passcode is as simple as holding down the button on the side of the watch and pressing down on the screen.
The option to ‘erase all content’ then appears.
The fact that the Apple Watch does not work as a standalone device but needs a paired iPhone in order to work means this security flaw is a boon for thieves.
Apple has not yet respond to stories about the security loophole in its latest product.
But with sales said to have topped two million and supplies catching up with demand, it’s likely to be an issue it will have to address sooner rather than later.
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