Yesterday, Apple CEO Tim Cook and his cadre of design-minded pals took to the stage of WWDC and gave consumers a peek at the new iOS 7 that will grace iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touches starting sometime this fall. Most of the coverage has focused on the new (snazzy) look, but Apple is adding some security features of which we heartily approve. Call, Text, and FaceTime BlockingKaspersky Mobile Security, have included call blocking as a key part of their offerings. Apple, on the other hand, doesn’t want to give anyone access to key functionalities like the Phone app, but will be addressing the issue themselves. The company’s press release reads, “Phone, FaceTime and Messages blocking to prevent specific people from being able to contact you,” indicating that blocking will be a base function that extends to the other apps Apple controls While I am relieved, and excited, to see how Apple addresses this, I’m also concerned. In general, Apple is often slow to add new features and prefers to patch vulnerabilities rather than quickly addressing fundamental security issues—like the inability to block numbers. If Apple doesn’t get it right out-of-the-box, it could be a long time before they introduce something better. One nagging question is how this will affect iOS developers who have been working to provide similar blocking services. Remote Wipe Not the End of the World For years now, Apple has offered Find My iPhone—a free service that allows you to remotely locate, lock, message, and wipe your… [Read full story]
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