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06-11-2013, 05:48 PM #1
Officials Cautiously Optimistic with iOS 7 Anti-Theft Features
Many of the vocal critics of Apple’s efforts to prevent mobile theft device including the Attorneys General of San Francisco and New York are seemingly a bit more optimistic in the wake of Apple’s unveiling of a new anti-theft mechanism. Both New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco Attorney General George Gascón have made headlines over the past several months calling out Apple and other smartphone industry players for not doing enough to deter the theft of mobile devices. Both have recently shown a change of heart and said they’re encouraged by the new Activation Lock Apple will be adding to iPhones and iPads with the new iOS 7. The two prosecutors told the Associated Press the following in a joint written statement:
We are appreciative of the gesture made by Apple to address smartphone theft. We reserve judgment on the activation lock feature until we can understand its actual functionality.
Both Gascón and Schneiderman have invited Apple and other smartphone makers to attend a Smartphone Summit this week in New York, where attendees will discuss ways to prevent smartphone theft. Representatives from Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung have agreed to attend the meeting, which will take place this upcoming Friday. Gascón says the ball is entirely in the smartphone makers’ court when it comes to stopping mobile device theft. He made the following remarks about the topic:
With 1.6 million Americans falling victim to smartphone theft in 2012, this has become a national epidemic. Unlike other types of crimes, smartphone theft can be eradicated with a simple technological solution.
Source: Associated Press
06-11-2013, 07:16 PM #2
No more cheap phones on Craigslist hahaha jk. I dig this 👍 I'm actually looking forward to this."You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not"
06-11-2013, 07:28 PM #3
when they say "wipe the devices memory" i feel like theyre only talking about doing a "reset all settings" from the phones settings app, i wonder if a dfu restore will still work and bypass this i feel like it will
06-11-2013, 07:38 PM #4
I would have to see this in action also. I agree with xhazex9x, DFU restore would be a great test.
06-11-2013, 07:39 PM #5
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06-11-2013, 07:47 PM #6
What about those lost or stolen iPhone that happen past few month will this work on then or it won't anyone because they been restored and use with different apple ID?
06-11-2013, 07:55 PM #7
06-11-2013, 07:56 PM #8
I would think just on iOS 7 phones this will work on.
06-11-2013, 08:14 PM #9
06-11-2013, 08:26 PM #10
This is all Nice And Dandy,But let's face it, no matter HOW many security improvements You Make..there's always the Human factor of the equation that people are just plain stupid. The way Most people lose their phones are Mind boggling. Like putting it down on a Table at a restaurant & leaving it, or leaving at the Bar because you didn't want to loose it..lol. What they need ta do is get a Tag of some sort for the iPhone so Dumb people whom forget their iPhones get a Slit Shock reminding them, THAT would be innovative in itself.
06-11-2013, 08:32 PM #11
06-11-2013, 08:44 PM #12
What about if I buy an iPhone from eBay and the seller wipes it without activating it again. When I receive the phone will I be able to activate it without the sellers Apple ID? Cause I doubt they will give me their Apple ID and Password to activate the iPhone....
06-11-2013, 08:48 PM #13
Ironic how there's an anti theft thing on the iphone but IOS 7 has stolen everything from android and other platform including the quick access to settings, the notification bar, the theme, the multitasking, the tabs in safari, the list is too long for me to mention it all. Apple is the biggest thief and copy so much from android. They should be ashamed of themselves.
06-11-2013, 08:51 PM #14
Plus...it wouldn't be reported as stolen!
06-11-2013, 09:34 PM #15
A couple things new in beta 1...
- When connecting device to an different computer than your original one, the device prompts an alert asking if your device is to trust this computer or not
- iTunes will not restore your device by clicking on the "Restore" button if FMI is turned on.
- To disable FMI on your device, you MUST type in your apple ID password after hitting the toggle switch to off.
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06-11-2013, 09:56 PM #19
Android users beware.
06-12-2013, 12:15 AM #20
but can it save an encrypted backup to that computer still? cuz if so that can be manipulated to give up keychains with the right software.