iOS 11 requires a password in order to trust another device

IOS 11 introduced several features aimed at improving system security. Among them is the new

A way to connect devices to a computer.

When connecting an iOS device to a computer ona window appears on which you need to select the option "Trust". Only then will a Mac or Windows PC connect to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch via USB.

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This function not only warns you that you are trying to connect to a new computer, but also prevents computers and accessories from receiving data from devices without your consent.

By clicking Trust, you give your computer access to your data.

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Previously, this only required the device to be unlocked when connected.

In iOS 11, you also need to enter your password. This provides an additional layer of protection against data theft.

To connect a device with iOS 11 to a computer, you need:

  • Connect the device to the computer via USB.
  • Unlock device
  • Click "Trust" on the pop-up window.
  • Enter the password on the device.

A significant role in the appearance of this feature was played by the new Face ID biometric authentication method on iPhone X.

Also read: How to temporarily disable Touch ID

Previously anyone who has access to youran unlocked device, it could connect it to a computer and use a special program to extract various data from it, such as personal videos and photos, voice notes, documents, etc.

If you suddenly suspect that your device was previously connected to some third-party computer without your knowledge, you can disconnect by resetting the location and privacy settings.

In theory, a hacker could even save a full copyyour device through iTunes by connecting it to your computer. This way you can extract even more personal information. For example, dialogs from Messages, WhatsApp and other instant messengers, voicemail, call history, contacts, calendars, notes, bookmarks, Safari history and much more.

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As mentioned above, connect your iOS device10 to the computer was much easier. Because of this, you would be in great danger if someone had access to your unlocked device. That is why the new iOS 11 feature is very important.

Also read: How to temporarily disable Face ID on iPhone X

Experience shows that at customs, tourists are often asked to provide a password for their device if employees suspect something. In the USA, you have every right not to disclose your password.

You can enter the wrong password several times, and this will lead to the complete deletion of data from the device. To activate this function, go to Settings Touch ID and password code (or Face ID) → Erase Data and click on the switch next to it to turn green.

Now you know why the new iOS 11 security feature is so important.