What to do before you pay for a used iPhone or iPad

Before you pay for one iPad ή iPhone second-hand "in excellent condition" - and assuming it has iOS 7 or iOS 8-, you have a chance to make sure it will not be σας useless "after you leave the box office". Must find the IMEI number of the device sold -screen on the back of the iPad case, in the SIM card slot on iPhone - and visit the https://www.icloud.com/activationlock/ to see if the device is locked by its owner and most likely, useless for you. If the device is locked and the owner is in front of you, you must first disconnect the device from your Apple ID and password.ipad iphone

After iOS 8, Lock is automatically turned on on Apple devices, so if the owners lose their devices, they lose their resale value. The new owners will not be able to avoid switching off the device after which the device is locked.

With Activation Lock, new owners will not be able to re-activate the device unless they contact the owner, responding to the message they may have displayed in the event of a loss.

See the instructions Apple provides for Activation lock, the so-called kill switch, which will be a commitment from smartphone and tablet makers at least in the US since July of 2015.

In iOS 8, Activation Lock is enabled
but in iOS 7, the feature should be enabled by the owner, the version with which the feature was added as a shield to the scourge of smartphone theft in the US.

“Activation Lock is enabled automatically when you use Find My iPhone on a device using iOS 7 or later.

Find My iPhone on your device:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Sign in with your Apple ID, if necessary.
  4. Turn on Find My iPhone. ”

The Activation Lock released in September of 2013 has already produced: -19% in iPhone and iPad theft in New York in the first five months of 2014, -38% in iPhone theft in San Francisco in the first six months of launch.

Google's commitment to the issue of the often violent attacks on a phone, even "smart", will be implemented in the next version of Android, Android 5, Lollipop:

  • Smartphones and tablets that will bring the next version of Android will have the so-called kill switch, that is, they can become useless if they are declared stolen. The way it is said to be implemented is by excluding the possibility of resetting the phone / tablet to factory settings, which makes the phone look new once it deletes anything personal to its owner.

However, note that experts note that your most important secret is your entry to the email service you are using. That's because if anyone can access your e-mail, they can find a lot about you, especially if you've made the usual mistake: do you use the same login / password in many services?

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