Question re: Passcode Lock "Erase Data" feature

GadgetGuru72#IM

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Hello everyone-

I've owned my iPhone for a little over a month now, and today I decided I should implement the Passcode Lock feature due to the ever-growing amount of personal data on my iPhone.

In the Passcode Lock settings, there is a feature called "Erase Data." It states that it will erase "all data" on the iPhone after 10 failed passcode attempts.

Does anybody happen to know the scope of what they mean by "all data"?

In other words, is it only data for the native apps -- like contacts and calendar? Or, is it truly ALL data, including data saved in 3rd party apps?

I would like it to delete ALL data, including such apps as Toodledo and Evernote (the "favorite" notes in Evernote are stored locally).

Anybody know?

Thanks in advance.
 

jamesus

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I would think that it erases all data (including apps). I have this enabled on my iPhone, but I haven't tested this out yet.
 

Ghecko

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Well i am not going to enable it people purposely mess with my code just to lock me out for 15 minutes dont want them deleting all my st0ff
 

zukir02

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I have it enabled on mine, and yes it will erase the phone and it will have nothing on it. It will be like it was just bought, I tested it out cause I wanted to know how it worked.
 

bergman

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There is also a jailbreak app that allows one to send a SMS to erase data in the event that one's phone is stolen. It's among the featured apps in Cydia. I have not tested it myself.
 

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interesting, i was always curious to what extent this worked. I had hoped that it would also brick the phone so it needed to taken to an apple store to work again. even though i know the main goal is to have the personal and private data removed, but its like give that thief a new iPhone.. not cool! i hope the "find my iphone" is promising!
 

danberg2

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What kind of wipe?

I was curious if anyone knew what kind of "wipe" the iPhone does? Simply deleting the content won't actually erase the data, only make it look empty. A person could jailbreak your phone, and using forensic tools, can unerase your data. Unless the iphone "wipe" actually replaces your data with garbage, your data is comprimised.:confused:
 

Ipheuria

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What would be cool is a program that would wipe the phone and then put it in a passcode lock mode. Once the wrong code is entered three times a high pitched whine would emit until the right code is put in LOL :D
 

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