How To Set A Custom Alphanumeric Passcode On iPhone Or iPad The Right Way

If you are aware of what our previous post speaking about, then it’s ok, and if not, are using a passcode that is made of a 6-digit number or worse 4 numbers, then you may want to change based on the report which we discussed about.

A report circulated earlier this week which revealed that a 6-digit passcode can be cracked in just 11 hours and the 4-digit passcode in 6 and half minutes using a new and relatively cheap technology called GrayKey, used to unlock iPhones by Law Enforcement department.

According to a person, an assistant professor and cryptographer at the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute, literally advises iPhone or iPad owners use an alphanumeric passcode that isn’t susceptible to a dictionary attack and that is at least 7 characters long thus has a mix of at least uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and symbols.

Here’s how you can set up a custom alphanumeric passcode on your iOS devices:

Step 1: Launch the Settings app on your device.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Touch ID & Passcode or Face ID and Passcode.

Step 3: Enter the passcode when prompted.

Step 4: Scroll down and tap Change Passcode.

Step 5: Now, enter the old passcode when prompted.

Step 6: Then tap Passcode Options.

  • Tap Custom Alphanumeric Code
  • Enter your choice of an alphanumeric passcode. As Professor Green recommends, use a passcode which is at least 7 characters long and has a mix of at least uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers or symbols.
  • Tap Next: You will be prompted to verify the new passcode. Enter the new alphanumeric passcode again.

Note: If you’re using Face ID or Touch ID, then the alphanumeric passcode shouldn’t be very inconvenient as you will also need to enter it only when you reboot your iPhone X or iPhone SE, or iPad 6 2018.

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