Do you use a passcode on your mobile device? We’re guessing you probably do. We all trust the makers of our phones and tablets and their operating systems to keep our data secure. Seriously, think of all the information about you that’s passed through your phone. This week on Beer and Bros., Dan is joined by Steve Lee, producer of this show, co-host of The Waves of Tech, and chief of the Modern Life Network; the two talk about Apple, the FBI, and your secrets. Join us for episode 9. Just click the play button.
Apple has been in the news a bit over the last couple of weeks. Turns out, at least one of the 821,000,000 iPhones that have been sold ended up in the hands of a terrorist. On December 2, 2014, Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, murdered 14 people in San Bernardino, California. Left behind was a locked iPhone 5c the FBI believes may have information relating to upcoming terrorist attacks or about members of the terrorist network ISIS. Trouble is, the FBI can’t crack the phone’s passcode for fear of failing 10 times and wiping the memory on the device.
What the FBI is seeking is to have Apple write a bit of code that would allow unlimited attempts to guess the passcode on the phone. This is what is known as “brute force” hacking.Tim Cook and Apple do not want to do this, saying they’re protecting the privacy of the millions of iPhone (and other iOS device) users.
Really, though, when it comes to online and mobile data security, we’re only as safe as we believe we are. If Apple creates the hack, they weaken themselves in the eyes of their customers – at least the run the risk of doing so. Maybe apple could offer a vote to people with iDevices, asking if the customers think Apple should create the unlock bug.