18 June 2009

Protect your iPhone/iPod touch with Stronger Password

The passcode (password) of iPhone/iPod touch is just only four digit numbers.
I think it is not safe enough for our all-day-use information device.
Apple provides "iPhone and iPod touch Enterprise Deployment Guide" and "iPhone Configuration Utility", but I could not easily start with them.
A post at Mac OS X Hints titled "Use a longer alphanumeric passcode on the iPhone" provides very easy instruction.
You can let your iPhone/iPod touch to require six alpha-numeric password instead of four digits.
  • Save the XML text of the post to a file with ".mobileconfig" extension.
  • Create e-mail message, attach the file, and send it to your iPhone/iPod touch.
  • With iPhone/iPod touch, open the message received, tap the attachment, and install it.
  • Then the profile will be installed. You will be prompted the old password, and new password (more than six character, and alpha-numeric).
After successful, the Enter Passcode display is enhanced like the picture below.
The password security of iPhone/iPod touch is powered up.

If you want to restore the password to four digits, open [Setting] -> [General] -> [Profile] and [Remove].

[2009-06-19 #01 IMPORTANT NOTICE]
Please do NOT install "iPhone Configuration Utility 1.1" (dated 2008-12) on your Mac running iTunes 8.1/8.2.
If you do so, MobileDevice.framework will be degraded and you can not sync your iPhone/iPod touch with your iTunes ("symbol not found" error will be logged on system.log).
To resolve this problem, you should restore /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/MobileDevice.framework from your TimeMachine, or delete it and re-install iTunes (I spent two nights for recovery).

[2009-06-19 #02]
Just after I wrote above notice, Apple released ICU 2.0 (2009-06).
I have not yet try it, but it may be better.

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