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iPhone 5s – Your life at risk? – Updated!

UPDATE on 22/09/2013: James Jeffrey sent me the following article: http://www.ccc.de/en/updates/2013/ccc-breaks-apple-touchid – Already showing the lack of safety with this technology. Thanks James! I had quite a few Apple “fanboys” blasting my post as incorrect due to the way the fingerprint scanner had been “innovated”. 

For those Apple fanboys out there, as well as pretty much everyone who doesn’t live in a cardboard box, a new iPhone device is on the market.

Yup, the new iPhone 5s boasts a 64-bit processor (a mobile first), improved graphics capability, a new gold colour and, one of the most discussed features, a redesigned home button with a built in fingerprint scanner.

On paper, fingerprint technology is magical – No more would we have to remember complicated passwords and pin codes. Instead, we just press a button and the phone automatically knows it’s the rightful owner. Sounds great, right?

It’s not often a member of the US Senate says something I agree with. I have a particularly cautious view of them since they banned online card playing many years ago… However, I was pleased to hear that Senator Al Franken has written to Apple due to the following concerns:

Al Franken picture
Al Franken

– Whether the fingerprint data stored locally on the mobile phone chip in encrypted form could ever be stolen and converted into digital or visual form that would be usable by hackers or fraudsters
– Whether the iPhone 5S transmits any diagnostic information about the Touch ID system back to Apple or any third parties
– How well customer fingerprint data will be protected and kept private
– The exact legal status of such fingerprint data

After studying bio-metric identification methods at University, it was generally understood that bio-metrics is a long way off becoming a reliable and safe technology. Even “Mythbusters” got in on the action proving that they can be beaten.

The problem doesn’t purely lie with how the phone deals with the data however. It has been proven time and time again that fingerprints can easily be lifted and replicated using simple methods such as sellotape and jelly babies!

If you ever thought you were safe using the iPhone 5s and their touch security system, I would be very very careful with how you protect your identity. With many people syncing mail applications with their phones,in a matter of minutes an attacker may be able to walk into a bank as you and withdraw every last penny!

This is the Apple we know and love folks. They deliver innovative, cool products, but unfortunately it’s all about the bottom line and sales, and less about the user and what they really want…!

My recommendation? If you do get this fantastic looking device, do not use the fingerprint technology for any identification purposes. Keep safe 🙂

Picture of new iPhone 5s Touch Home button

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iPhone Finally Returned!!

Hello – Today I bring news… Good news, Amazing news! (Can you tell I’m happy?)

After checking my mailbox yesterday I found a package containing a lovely well kept still working iPhone…! Yes, it has been returned back to me after a long 2 week period full of extortion, blackmail, and finally a change of heart!

So as you all know, the iPhone became mis-places during a rock gig I was at in San Fran a couple of weeks ago. After texting my own phone to try and get it returned for 20 bucks and a few drinks, the reply I got was a quick sharp “nah”. After a lack of reply thereafter I tried upping my offer until I finally got a reply at no shorter than 300…! Now, I was never going to pay 300 for the phone.. Lets get that clear… But I felt it was important to try and keep communication with the guy and see where it leads right?

Even though I was being essentially charged $300 for my own phone back however, the guy explained he was returning it:
(415) xxx-xxxx to me
21 Apr (13 days ago)
“cos ur a nice guy nd this phone means lot to you”

He then also explained he was doing nothing illegal:
(415) xxx-xxxx to me
21 Apr (13 days ago)
“I’m not stealing u offered that amount so I took it. Put yourself in my shoes! 300 hundred bucks! Cmon”

Although let’s be clear for a minute again – This guy wouldn’t send the phone back for anything less… Which yes, I’m afraid, IS extortion and IS illegal.

So at this point, I’m losing all hope. I decide to carry on with the 300 charade to achieve 2 things:
1) Maybe I can get some personal information out of him and get the police involved
2) Maybe I can talk him round and he’ll have a change of heart – Afterall, I do still believe in humanity somewhat….

Joshua Sugarman to (415)
21 Apr (13 days ago)
“Dude, u weren’t texting bck till I said 300 so yeh. That’s blackmail.
Look if you’re a nice guy ill hope you’ll be that guy and return it.
If I said no to 300 I u wouldn’t be returning it. That true?”

What came early the day next was a big big surprise:

(415) xxxxx to me
show details 21 Apr (12 days ago)
I’m not goin to charge u 300 ok. Hey I’m sorry for takin your phone. It’s all good let me find out how much does it cost to mail it and I’ll let u know

So from there, we arranged an exchange of payment for posting ($20, which I posted to him), and a few days later incredible, my iPhone has been safely returned.

Now it would be easy for me to show hatred and anger towards this other guy, yet I don’t feel that way at all. I am EXTREMELY thankful to him. He found a high value technological device, obviously was looking forward to the money he could receive from it, yet realised that in life, it was not the way to achieve things. His morals took over, and the fact he changed his mind and returned the device for free makes me feel pretty happy! I almost feel like it’s +1 for human nature, and -1 to bad people…!

To summarise, thank you Mr Stranger, for realising the right thing to do and returning the phone…! I did have some software on the device recording things like music listened to, and the only bit of anger I have left is that you have polluted my last.fm profile by listening to Keisha…. I can forgive you for that one though 😉

Faith in human life is restored! Now let’s party!

See you all back in England next week…!!!!

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Apple Users – Kidnapped?

Just read a fantastic article claiming there is now research to suggest iPhone users (and from this, owners of any Apple products) can have a form of Stockholm syndrome whereby they feel loyal to their “owners” in essence.

Though it sounds hilarious at first, reading through the article it becomes more and more understandable and believable. I mean heck, most Apple fan-boys will say the next Apple product is great, even though we don’t know what it will be, do or even look like!

I do think the same is true to other brands however, though I wonder how much of a challenge this poses to advertisers of much smaller brands trying to make their stance in the market… If someone targets a market currently dominated by a firm that has the majority of their customers in a form of Stockholm syndrome loyalty, is it possible for standard advertising to take them away? Definitely something to consider! Anyway, article from CNET below:


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