Your Apple Will Now Keep Cops Away


The iPhone will now be more secure than earlier, if a new report on Reuters in anything to go by. An update (security patch), to be released by the company, promises to iron out deficiencies in its operating system and make it fool-proof. Designed to counter hackers and cops (read law enforcers), the tweak will prevent USB access to your iPhone without your permission. This is being done keeping in mind rising privacy concerns from Apple users’ from countries where the device is easily stolen.

For long, the police and their likes have tried to access user data stored on iPhones. As this rages, the law got smarter and started employing private agencies to crack the code to view customers’ data. Even hackers and phishers used this security flaw to get into devices of unsuspecting customers. The report added that earlier cops had a week’s time to keep a particular device unlocked for accessing data. Now, the window has been decreased to just an hour. This reduces data access by approximately 90 percent.

At its annual developer’s conference, WWDC, Apple reiterated that it does take user privacy seriously and intends to do whatever it takes to keep a user’s data safe and secure. “We’re constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves and intrusions into their personal data,” Apple said in a prepared statement. “We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don’t design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs.”

The report revealed that the feature will be available in the general version of its upcoming software update – iOS 11.4.1 and iOS 12. The move is sure to upset governments and law enforcers in most countries. On its part, Apple is known to stick by its security protocols even when challenged by agencies such as the US’ FBI (as made evident in a case involving an iPhone 5C in 2016).


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