The iOS operating system on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is incredibly secure. By optimizing settings and adding a few key apps, you can protect your personal privacy and sensitive information on your iOS device.
We'll show you how.
The Latest News About iOS Privacy and Security
The rumors are true: the iPhone 5S has a fingerprint reader, branded “TouchID” by our friends in Cupertino. Apple blogs have gone nuts talking about the security characteristics of this solution, and sites dubiously claiming that TouchID is “easy” to fool are all over the place. It can be tough to make sense of all the hype. The real question is simple: Should you trust your data to TouchID? We’ll start with the bottom line first, and you can decide whether or not you want to read on for the gory details: TouchID is significantly more robust than the 4-digit numeric code that’s most commonly used on iOS devices. If you are currently using a 4-digit numeric code (or, shudder, no passcode at all) then you should definitely enable Touch ID. If, on the other hand, you store a lot of truly sensitive data on your phone, you might want to consider a truly secure password, like a 16+ character random string. However, the loss of convenience of such a passcode is unworkable for most people, so Touch ID is a great compromise. One of the silliest concerns we’ve seen on the subject is worries that Apple (and, by extension, the NSA) will get your fingerprints. Apple has stated clearly (and without any caveats) that your biometric data is never uploaded, and is only stored in the “secure enclave” on the new A7 System on a Chip (SoC.) Anyone who has read up on ARM TrustZone architecture will understand that means that it’s protected in hardware, and would be incredibly difficult even for folks in white coats with laboratories...Learn More
Siri for iPhone is cool, but in order to perform her magic a lot of information has to be collected and transmitted first. Find out what information Siri collects, and everything you need to know about Siri Privacy. Every spoken request must be recorded in digital form, and sent up to the service to perform cloud-based speech recognition. While from a practical perspective the audio recordings themselves are unlikely to be preserved for very long (this would take an enormous amount of storage space with little practical application) a transcript of your conversations with your iPhone is almost certainly stored in Apple’s data center. Her response is recorded as well. In order to be able to make inferences from context, Apple’s service must know your contact list, relationships, and more. Knowing the terms under which you are sharing this information with Apple is important. First the good news: Apple is clear they do not share your information with third parties without your express consent, and most of the information stored long-term to improve Siri’s heuristics is anonymized. Apple’s reputation in privacy is nascent but relatively positive. Aside from a few (quickly remedied) missteps around iOS Location and iPhone contact privacy, they have demonstrated that they take user’s privacy more seriously than their primary competitor who prides itself on knowing every intimate detail about your life so it can serve better...Learn More
The Path app was found to be uploading the user’s entire contacts list to the service’s web servers without the user’s consent. Apple responded a week later by announcing that iOS will force user consent before apps access contact information in a future release of iOS. This is a great outcome, and means you will no longer have to wonder which apps on your phone are accessing your address...Learn More
iDiscrete has a very simple mission statement: “To securely store our user’s private content (videos, images, notes, et al.) on their iOS devices, and to do so in the most discreet way possible.” You can think of iDiscrete as a digital safe, where you can securely store all your private pictures, videos, notes and more. Rather than requiring a suspicious looking password or PIN to enter the app, iDiscrete uses its patented Touch Sequence Protection™. This works by bringing up a fake “Loading” screen upon entry to the application. An unauthorized user will think the app is really loading, but the device owner knows that this is actually the password screen. A series of taps in the correct places (the “Touch Sequence”) will open up the app. Doing nothing will boot to a dummy app. This unique feature, combined with an application icon and name that do not give away its functionality, mean that an unauthorized user would NEVER suspect the true nature of the...Learn More
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