We use our phones for everything from texted to taking possibly incriminating photos. So what happens if this confidential data is no longer confidential? Most teenagers and adults now use some type of pass code, password,or pattern lock to keep their information safe but do we ever stop to ask ourselves are our phones too safe. In a recent court case Apple Inc was asked by the United States Supreme court to create a skeleton key to unlock Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooter’s iphone. CEO of Apple Tim Cook has decided that the government asking them to unlock the phone will force them to create a skeleton key that could then be used to unlock any other phone. This would jeopardize Apple’s “undefeatable” security on their phones. This case comes a few months after Tim Cook declared that after the 9.0.1 update Apple’s mobile operating system is officially unbreakable even by Apple’s engineers. Tim Cook is standing by his company’s fort Knox security image by refusing to create a way for the government to bypass the 10 password attempt restriction, a setting on all iPhones where the phone resets and deletes all information after 10 attempts. The federal government was already able to reset Syed’s icloud password but they are unable to gather information from the icloud backup without Apple creating a secondary version of IOS but without the data erase feature and delay features. This operating system Syed’s phone therefore allowing the government to bypass the security on the phone.
If Apple were to do this they would be creating a tool that could be used to unlock any Apple device anytime, creating a master-key for hackers around the world. Tim Cook has recently revealed that the if the FBI were to take this case to court and win Apple would be creating a operating system that would be used to unlock hundreds of phones that the FBI have been unable to unlock. Recently the FBI successfully unlocked the shooters iPhone by going to a technology firm in Israel. The name of the company is yet to be revealed but the FBI has canceled the trial that was to be held in a federal court. The moral of the story is that phones could definitely be more secure, so don’t save any incriminating data on your phone.