iOS Security

I’m sure both Google and Apple take security seriously when it comes to their mobile OS. But I actually place my trust in Apple over Google because Apple is the creator of the device and the OS. With that said they don’t allow people to look at their source code. Apple also does a pretty decent job of gatekeeping their App Store. Google Android source code can be modified to run on different hardware platforms and each of these hardware vendors have their own set of privacy and security policies. Software and the data can get messy and over complicated. With Apple, you get Apple policy. Read more here.

I would like to share this news with you because it made me happy:

ALERT: Fake Lightning cable

If you are an Apple user please be aware of where you get your lightning cable from. Don’t borrow one from someone. Don’t accept or purchase a cable that doesn’t come from Apple directly.

A hacker has modified a Lightning cable in order to gain remote access to your device. I believe it works via wireless so the attacker needs to also be in close proximity to your device.

Read more here.

Mobile device security

Mobile device apps. Who can we trust?

A few tips on keeping your smartphone and its apps inside of your control.

  1. Check and research the app developer.
  2. Have a look at the Ratings and reviews.
  3. Check the app permissions. Be specific and check location access. (Assuming you don’t want your location broadcasted)
  4. Be especially concerned with keyboard and emoji apps that require special permissions.
  5. Use caution when using your Social Media credentials to sign in.
  6. Keep apps up to date.
  7. Use biometrics to lock and unlock your phone and apps.
  8. Don’t plug the phone into any public computer.
  9. Try to limit your time on any public network.

Flash Drive

The other day I noticed a flash drive on someone’s lanyard and I asked myself: I wonder what they have on their flash drive. Can you imagine the possibilities? Anything from work related information to personal W-4 forms or short stories. I would really have a fun time guessing what would be on an individual’s flash drive. What type of documents does a CEO carry or an Accountant? A Systems Administrator?

Anyways…something to think about.

Hot: Apple iPhone

One word can describe the feeling I had when I first saw what Steve Jobs had in mind in his keynote speech. Excitement! I believe the rumors were true folks. Apple has done it again. I believe they have taken the idea and ran with it here. Combining the audio player (iPod), phone, and network communications into one package is not a new idea, but Apple takes it to a whole new level.

I believe it was Scott McNealy who said The answering machine put voice mail by the desk, and then it went back into the network. He continued, Your iPod is like your home answering machine. I guarantee you it will be hard to sell an iPod five or seven years from now when every cell phone can access your entire music library wherever you are. The folks at The Register had this to add: Well, sure. Unless your iPod is your cell phone.

How true that it is all coming into focus now. Well, now you have it Mr. McNealy, Apple has raised the bar. You can’t help getting pumped up while Mr. Jobs is introducing this new product. I did at first, but then my business brain kicked in and developed questions and possible answers to those questions in the form of business opportunity. For example, the iPhone looks very fragile and the screen is going to be very important to preserve, so why not produce a protective cover? I wager they’re already out there by now though.

It is possible to come up with various pros and cons just by Steve’s demo. You’ll see what I mean:

Fragility. Don’t drop this thing! Scratch city folks. The more gadgets the more that can break.
Price: I can only imagine.
Storage: ONLY 4 or 8 GB? Looks like I can’t really have my entire music collection on there, needless to say only a couple of movies.

Bringing all these technologies together is a good thing, but each piece of technology has it’s limits when brought together here. For example, they now have only 4 or 8 gb of storage for videos or music or whatever and that’s only as much as the top side iPod Nano. The more you bring together in one device the more you narrow the margin of utility for each feature.

iPod functionality: Just as Steve said it You can touch your music.
Sensors: A must have especially with the touch screen.
Sleek design: Just as the other Apple products are visually appealing, this one carries on that tradition.
Network Functionality: Just what we need: more crackberry addicts. What would we call the iPhone addicts? iAddicts?

All in all I’m totally pumped and curious about this new gadget. I hope to own one later on down the line, but I’ll wait until the time is right in the product life cycle for that.

Get ready everyone. It’s going to be a heck of a ride.