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What’s Accessible on a Lost iPhone?

Most people probably don’t think about the extent of the information stored on an ‌iPhone‌ until it falls into the wrong hands, but there’s a lot of data that’s potentially accessible. In the event your ‌iPhone‌ is stolen, there’s likely enough detail about you to make you vulnerable to phishing attempts and malicious social engineering.

Below is a list of what someone can find out about you and what remains hidden behind a passcode. If you don’t have a passcode, your ‌iPhone‌ is an open book.

Before Turning on Lost ModeWith a passcode on, whatever is available through the lock screen can be used. If you have Notification Center, Control Center, and ‌Siri‌ access enabled, all of those features are available to a stranger. Anything you can access from the lock screen, a stranger can access.

‌Siri‌ can answer personal questions about who the ‌iPhone‌ belongs to and offer up contact information. Asking “Whose ‌iPhone‌ is this?” or “Who am I?” gives a name and a phone number. Apple Music can be turned on, and ‌Siri‌ can be used to make phone calls to contacts based on commands like “Call mom.”


‌Siri‌ won’t give more detailed contact information like your email address without a fingerprint, apps can’t be opened, and settings can’t be changed.

In Control Center, all features are accessible. The flashlight can be turned on, the calculator can be opened, alarms can be set, and the camera can be used. Pictures can be taken, but the Camera Roll can’t be opened to display existing images.

Some of the information a stranger can learn about

Some of the information a stranger can learn about you before Lost Mode is enabled on a lost device

Notification Center has the most potential to divulge personal information. Depending on what’s enabled, previews of emails and messages might be displayed, calendar events are visible, recent ‌Apple Pay‌ transactions are listed, and many third-party apps, like Evernote, will show previews of content in the Today view. On an ‌iPhone‌ with Face ID, some of these previews are disabled by default so you may not need to worry quite as much.

If you have the Medical ID feature set up through the Health app, all of that information is available, including emergency contacts, height, weight, blood type, allergies and health conditions.


All of these lock screen features are optional and can be disabled through the Settings app if desired.

After Turning on Lost ModeActivating Lost Mode locks the ‌iPhone‌ down, which is why turning it on right away is imperative. Lost Mode prevents all of the above listed features from being used. ‌Siri‌ is inaccessible, as is the Control Center, the Notification Center, and Medical ID information.


All someone can do with your ‌iPhone‌ when it’s in lost mode is call you, turn it off, or make an emergency phone call.

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3. Apps and App Store

Signing out of Apple ID on your devices also translates to the unavailability of the Apple App Store. That means you cannot download or install new apps from the App Store unless you sign back into your Apple ID or connect a new one. Sure, you can use previously-installed apps on your iPhone, but you won’t be able to update them.

What Happens When a Lost iPhone is Wiped?

Lost Mode locks down the ‌iPhone‌ and prevents it from being accessed in iTunes when plugged into a computer, but it can’t stop someone from wiping an ‌iPhone‌ via iTunes using recovery mode or DFU mode.


Even if your ‌iPhone‌ is fully erased, the person who has it can’t use it. Activation Lock stays on and there is no way to bypass it. As soon as the ‌iPhone‌ boots up, it asks for an ‌Apple ID‌ and password and it won’t go past the activation screen without the information. As of ‌iOS 15‌, an erased ‌iPhone‌ can still be located using ‌Find My‌.

Beware of Phishing AttemptsYour ‌iPhone‌ is essentially useless without your ‌Apple ID‌ and password. Some thieves may make an attempt to get that information through phishing attempts like fake emails or messages, so it’s best to be aware of this possibility should your ‌iPhone‌ be stolen.

What is a JSON Web Token (JWT)?

JSON Web Tokens are special types of tokens that a

JSON Web Tokens are special types of tokens that are structured in such a way that makes them convenient to use over the web. They have a handful of defining traits:

  • They are represented as normal strings. Here’s a real JWT:

    eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJzdWIiOiIxMjM0NTY3ODkwIiwibmFtZSI6IlJhbmRhbGwgRGVnZ2VzIiwiaWF0IjoxNTE2MjM5MDIyfQ.sNMELyC8ohN8WF_WRnRtdHMItOVizcscPiWsQJX9hmw

    Because JWTs are just URL safe strings, they’re easy to pass around via URL parameters, etc.

  • They contain JSON-encoded data. This means you can have your JWT store as much JSON data as you want, and you can decode your token string into a JSON object. This makes them convenient for embedding information.
  • They’re cryptographically signed. Understanding how this works is a topic unto itself. For now, just know that it means any trusted party who has a JWT can tell whether or not the token has been modified or changed. This means if your application or API service generates a token that says someone is a “free” user and someone later alters the token to say they are an “admin” user, you’ll be able to detect this and act accordingly. This property makes JWTs useful for sharing information between parties over the web where trust is difficult to come by.

Here’s a small code snippet which creates and validates a JWT in JavaScript using the njwt library. This example is purely here to show you at a glance how to create a JWT, embed some JSON data in it, and validate it.

const njwt = require(njwt); const secureRandom = require(secure-random); // This is a “secret key” that the creator of the JWT must keep private. var key = secureRandom(256, { type: Buffer }); // This is the JSON data embedded in the token. var claims = { iss: https://api.com, sub: someuserid, scope: freeUser, favoriteColor: black }; // Create a JWT var jwt = njwt.create(claims, key); // Log the JWT console.log(jwt); // Jwt { // header: JwtHeader { typ: ‘JWT’, alg: ‘HS256’ }, // body: // JwtBody { // iss: ‘https://api.com’, // sub: ‘someuserid’, // scope: ‘freeUser’, // favoriteColor: ‘black’, // jti: ‘903c5447-ebfd-43e8-8f4d-b7cc5922f5ec’, // iat: 1528824349, // exp: 1528827949 }, // signingKey: <Buffer 9c e9 48 a7 b3 c9 87 be 5f 59 90 a5 08 02 9b 98 5c 5e 1c 29 3f b0 33 c5 8c c8 f9 c8 3e 35 f0 7c 20 a0 aa 65 cc 98 47 b6 31 c5 5c d6 4e 6e 25 29 2b d3 … > } // The JWT in compacted form (ready for sending over the network) var token = jwt.compact(); // Log the compacted JWT console.log(jwt.compact()); // eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJpc3MiOiJodHRwczovL2FwaS5jb20iLCJzdWIiOiJzb21ldXNlcmlkIiwic2NvcGUiOiJmcmVlVXNlciIsImZhdm9yaXRlQ29sb3IiOiJibGFjayIsImp0aSI6IjkwM2M1NDQ3LWViZmQtNDNlOC04ZjRkLWI3Y2M1OTIyZjVlYyIsImlhdCI6MTUyODgyNDM0OSwiZXhwIjoxNTI4ODI3OTQ5fQ.y7ad-nUsHAkI8a5bixYnr_v0vStRqnzsT4bbWGAM2vw // Verify the JWT using the secret key njwt.verify(token, key, (err, verifiedJwt) => { if (err) throw err; console.log(The JWT has been verified and can be trusted!); // The JWT has been verified and can be trusted! });

After the scan

An MRI scan is usually carried out as an outpatient procedure. This means you won’t need to stay in hospital overnight.

After the scan, you can resume normal activities immediately. But if you have had a sedative, a friend or relative will need to take you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours.

It’s not safe to drive, operate heavy machinery or drink alcohol for 24 hours after having a sedative.

Your MRI scan needs to be studied by a radiologist (a doctor trained in interpreting scans and X-rays) and possibly discussed with other specialists. 

This means it’s unlikely you’ll get the results of your scan immediately.

The radiologist will send a report to the doctor who arranged the scan, who will discuss the results with you.

It usually takes a week or two for the results of an MRI scan to come through, unless they’re needed urgently.

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