Apple Working on ‘Harder to Hack’ iPhones
Apple has been in the news a lot lately because they refused to let US government snoop on their users’ data. The tech giant’s CEO Tim Cook made it clear that he will never bow down to anyone in this regard because he believes that customers’ trust should not be compromised at any cost. Now this may be a great news for the people who purchase Apple products, but the tech giant is a bit worried that now their source code might get attacked through hackers. Knowing that, the company has started to work on harder to hack iPhones. At first, it seemed like there’d be a bit of increase in security, but now experts are sharing their opinions on the matter, and they believe that Apple is perfectly capable of creating an iPhone that would be pretty difficult to crack.
A Promising Development
Since the mass surveillance revelations made by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, companies have started to take precautions when it comes to their source code, and they try their very best to keep it hidden from all kinds of attacks. Now Apple is hoping to do more of the same because after blatantly refusing the US government access to users’ data, they’re in the spotlight now, and it is very likely that the hackers would target them. However, it’s not all bad news for them as security experts are trying to help them. One of the security experts named Jonathan Zdziarski stated that “there are probably 50 different ideas we have all sent to Apple.”
A Few Kinks That Need Sorting
The most recent OS updates have made users’ data even more secure. To emphasize on how important it is to Apple that people’s information stays safe, Cook stated in a recent customer letter that, “We have even put that data out of our own reach, because we believe the contents of your iPhone are none of our business.” Although there’s no denying the fact that Apple is committed to its users, there is still one problem. Each iPhone comes with a built-in troubleshooting system that lets company update users’ software without requiring any kind of passcode. This is a big vulnerability in the Apple products and if it isn’t fixed in the near future, the likelihood is that government and hackers will take advantage of it.
Good News Just Around the Corner
Apple is clearly showing their intent to keeping the user’s data safe, but they can’t really guarantee anything as long as hackers are involved in the transaction. Hackers nowadays have become quite proficient, and due to this reason the number of security breaches has also been increased. Just last year, hackers attacked a dating website, a few big corporations, and even a security company. No one is safe from these individuals. So if Apple really wants to ensure that its users’ data stay out of government and hackers’ reach, then it needs an un-hackable iPhone. Apple is organizing an event this month in which it is expected to reveal new offerings, and this might be the place where they lift the curtains off the highly anticipated un-hackable iPhone. If they do manage to pull something like this off, then they would certainly become an obvious first choice for the people who crave privacy. So the stakes are really high for the tech giant. Here’s hoping that it achieves the target that it has set for itself.