Skip to comments.Police are advocating iOS 7 upgrade for security reasons
Posted on 10/14/2013 8:23:07 AM PDT by null and void
Are you willing to jeopardize your personal security to ensure that your phone wont get stolen?
Apple lovers were smitten with the release of the highly coveted iPhone 5s and with spectacular iOS 7 software, but it is curious to observe just what measures people would take to protect their devices. The software that visibly changed the iPhones format wasnt the only alteration that Apple made to the latest iOS 7 upgrade. Its supposedly safer, and can make criminals think twice before stealing such devices, according to the New York Police Department.
Over the weekend, NYPD officers scoured the streets of New York City, spreading the word to civilians about new iPhone safety regulations, encouraging them to make the switch, in an effort to protect the public from being victimized by iPhone theft. The scene of police promoting Apple software was quite the sight, as it seemed like corporate America had partnered with the government.
Police officers stood in train platforms and occupied busy touristy vicinities of the city issuing public awareness flyers, encouraging the masses to upgrade their Apple devices to iOS7, and to register their apparatuses with the NYPDs Operation Identification Program. By taking this initiative, peoples phones have a supposed lesser chance of being stolen.
NYPD officers have the utmost reasoning to be so keen on this software upgrade for the iPhone. Officials believe that the activation lock will discourage theft of iPhones across the board. Statistically speaking, 70% of all phones stolen in NYC public transportation systems are iPhones and iOS devices.
The Village Voice reported that in the space of 9 months, 11,447 iOS devices were stolen. This number is rapidly on the rise. People on public transportation have increased anxiety when publicly using their iOS devices, for fear of electronics safety.
With the iOS 7s new security feature, the activation lock allows users to take precautions against potential theft of their phones. The Find my iPhone setting cannot be eliminated and the locating information found on the phone cannot be disabled by the thief without the iPhone owners Apple ID and password. A personal message from the owner will appear on the screen with contact information on how to return the phone. The software cannot be reprogrammed or reactivated by whoever finds the lost phone. If thieved, your iOS 7 device is then essentially hack-free and useless to criminals.
Whoever possesses your device will not be able to access your personal information, or erase your data while in lost mode. When the activation lock is enabled, it cannot be resold to potential buyers or reset to factory settings.
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However, by turning on the activation lock, your location service setting will also be enabled. This setting, which has reached an ever-growing popularity for apps, overshares and invades the privacy of users. The usage of location services could potentially result in ruthless hackers abusing the use of location data when not in lost mode, to attack vulnerable owners virtually.
It will be fascinating to observe all statistics for the upcoming months, allowing the data analysis to determine if iOS 7 upgrades have truly made the difference.
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Whom ya fear more NOW, hmmm...?
I’ve lived in places where the local PD won’t even take a burglary report.
I’m sure NY’s finest will get right on your missing phone case, just as soon as they finish tracking down reports of bootleg 32 oz sodas being sold in Harlem...
Let’s just say I’m keeping my old OS and leave it at that, m’kay?
I got the iOS 7 upgrade on my iPhone. Everything looks a little different but seems to work about the same.
Also put Find my iPhone on it just so the wife and kids could keep up with my camping locations. One of the kids checked it out about 2 AM while I was camping. Must have come 10 feet up out of the hammock.
Locking up the system if it's stolen is a plus.
They’ll come get your cat down out of a tree...
AND CRUSH HIS HEAD...!!
I would change.....
“Over the weekend, NYPD officers scoured the streets of New York City, spreading the word to civilians.....”
Police are civilians, too, so if I were the author of this piece, I would change the above sentence to read,
“Over the weekend, NYPD officers scoured the streets of New York City, spreading the word to CITIZENS.....”
Let’s just say I’m keeping my old flip open cheapie phone—doesn’t text (which I don’t do anyway) and when it’s turned off, I don’t think it can be found by an outsider.
I’m old and set in my ways, so my friends and family just have to deal with it—LOL!
Another reason not to have an I phone. Federal intrusion as to whether or not you have upgraded your phone, as per their suggestion, which just might include some kind of back door thingie that they forgot to put in, the first time!
NYPD, ah fung goo!
Yeah, because every mugger is an IP expert and will ask you about your OS version before robbing you.
Really, NYPD, REALLY?
Yelling "OS7, OS7!" is going to ward off the scum?
My son got the I5 this summer, he paid for most of it and is still on my plan. I have verizon and the I5 is a total data hog. I have a couple of droid phones that barely combine hit a gig a month, the I5 routinely goes to 2-4 gig a month despite killing apps and turning off data stream. IOS7 upgrade made no difference and verizon is useless.
Me and you must have different usage habits.
I had a 4 and upgraded to the 5 last month. Still on the 2 gig plan with Verizon. Don’t think I’ve ever even hit .5 gig a month.
My apps fall into Maps/Navigation/Hiking/geochaching and games. When I’m out in the woods I cruise the internet and watch movies at night.
I’ve been out with guys who had droids and I get much better coverage than they do - of course nobody gets any coverage down in the creek bottoms.
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