A friend was recently mugged, and the muggers forced him to reveal his iphone passcode, icloud password, and 1password password. They apparently had enough time to verify it all before fleeing. I read online that this is becoming a more common tactic by violent muggers.
I've been thinking of ways to avoid this. I've come up with: (1) randomizing my icloud password so I don't know it by memory, (2) swithing all text 2FA to email-based 2FA and using an email app (e.g. Einstein Email) that lets you set a pin to access, and (3) keeping critical logins (e.g. bank logins, email logins) off my devices using 1Password's Travel Mode. This way, I can just hand over my phone and passcode, but credibly say I don't know my icloud password or 1password. Essentially they'll have access to nothing important and I'll have time to wipe my phone using Apple's LostMyPhone feature.
The missing link however, is that my 1Password Secret Key is on my phone. A motivated mugger could use FaceID to access my 1Password, then force me to use my phone's browser to turn off Travel Mode. This can be avoided if I can keep my Secret Key off my device.
Ya, I know this sounds like going over-the-top in security, but my friend had a very surreal experience. Like muggers holding you up in a busy downtown city forcing you to reveal passwords. It's scary. and I can assume border agents in countries like China would have no problem taking the time to access all of this. So this feels like a justified product feature.
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