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Apple Watch security flaw means easy money for thieves

It seems the Apple Watch makes for a far more lucrative steal than the iPhone 6 in the eyes of thieves.

That’s despite the fact that the cheapest Apple Watch costs £299, while an iPhone 6 will set you back at least £549.

It’s all down to the fact that the Apple Watch doesn’t have the ‘necessary security features’ to dissuade would-be thieves, a new report reveals.

An article by iDownloadblog details a major security flaw with the Apple Watch, namely that there’s no way to stop a thief accessing your device.

With the iPhone 6, owners can register with ‘Find My iPhone’, so that a device can be completely locked out from use if stolen by a thief.

That means the handset is effectively useless, severely impacting the device’s resale value.

The Apple Watch, however, has no such feature, which means that thieves can easily sell on the device after nabbing it.

Even if you have a lock-code on the Apple Watch, a thief can simply Force Touch the ‘power off’ button and launch a factory reset.

This means all the data will be wiped from the device, effectively making it as good as new on the software front.

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While this means thieves won’t be able to access your data, they can still sell on the device, making it an easy money-spinner.

What’s more, while the Apple Watch may start at £299, pricing quickly ramps up, with the ritziest variants marking up as high as £13,500.

Has Apple made a huge mistake with the Apple Watch security? Let us know in the comments.

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