Device Security

iOS Passcode

As of iOS 9, Apple has increased Passcodes from 4 numbers to 6. Along with other improvements, this has a dramatic effect on the ability to brute force access.

Setting a Numeric Passcode

A numeric passcode can be set by:

  1. Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode (Note: Touch ID is only available on 5s and newer)
  2. Turn Passcode On
  3. Enter a 6 digit number

Setting an Alphanumeric Passcode

Passcodes are more complex the more components they can contain. iOS does support an alphanumeric passcode by:

  1. Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode
  2. Turn Passcode On
  3. Select Passcode Options in blue #0000ff
  4. Choose Custom Alphanumeric Code
  5. Enter a passcode 6 or more entries in length

Touch ID

With iPhone 5s and greater, Apple has implemented Touch ID. Once a 6 or greater passcode has been set, Touch ID is absolutely acceptable.

Setting Passcode Activation Period

Passcode activation period is the time after which an idle iPhone or iPad will require a passcode. This can be set by:

  1. Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode
  2. Require Passcode
  3. Choose a time of After 5 minutes or less.

Enabling Use Touch ID for iPhone Unlock and Use Touch ID for iTunes & App Store within Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode results in a Required Passcode of Immediately. This is great!

Capturing Status

  1. Settings -> Touch ID & Passcode (Note: Touch ID is only available on 5s and newer)
  2. Capture a screen shot of which includes Turn Passcode Off and Require Passcode.

iOS Passcode Status Example

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