Renewed attention has come to the iOS passcode in recent days. New tools such as the GreyKey iPhone unlocker are popping up in the news, already in use by law enforcement. Of course, it could be a matter of time until such devices are widely available.
Security researchers have found what they claim to be the "perfect" iOS 11.2 jailbreak, which also works on iOS 11.2.1. The team of 10 experts at Alibaba's Secure Pandora Labs is headed by Song Yang, whose group successfully demonstrated a jailbreak of iOS 11.1 in November. So when can iPhone X owners expect new jailbreak tools to be released to the public?
With little fanfare, Apple released the latest version of iOS this week. iOS 10.3.3 comes over two months after the rollout of iOS 10.3.2, which itself was a minor update to fix bugs. As usual, iOS 10.3.3 can be installed over-the-air (OTA) or by using iTunes on a computer. Many iPhone owners are wondering if they should bother to install iOS 10.3.3 or just wait for iOS 11.
Beginning on June 15, any third-party apps that use your iCloud account will be required to employ app-specific passwords in order to beef up security around your Apple ID. This includes any mail, contact or calendar services that use your Apple ID login to access your iCloud data, such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird, etc. On June 15, you will automatically be signed out of any apps that you are signed into with your Apple ID and you will need to create a password specifically for the app in question.
Online privacy and security is a constant concern that continues to grow and evolve with new technologies and policies. The government clearly aligns with big business on privacy issues, as evidenced by the recent repeal of the FCC privacy rules that would block ISPs from selling their customers' data without consent. While many turn to VPNs to bolster their online privacy, there are still concerns over call and message privacy.