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Nov 11

Project Update! iPhone and iCloud

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For this update to the Priva-Curity project, I researched how the iPhone tracks your location with Location Services and the ads on the web browser app. I also found some information on how the iCloud hackers from last year manage to hack the celebrities accounts and how there is basically no real security on iCloud. I’ve been having some trouble with my computer lately, so I decided to do the videos as soon as possible. I also decided to remove Android phones from the project because I wanted to focus on Adobe Flash.

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Hello once again for another Priva-Curity project update. Forgive me for not posting last week. I was having troubles with the laptop that I have with me, but it is all fixed now. If you recall, I said I would have worked on both the iPhone and iCloud by the next post, so let’s begin with Apple’s wonderful products.

The iPhone is similar to the other smartphones out on the market today. The web browser app comes installed on the phone tracks all of the ads that you click on web using it along with the other basic web browser tracking methods. In order to make sure that you always find your iPhone from wherever you are, you have to keep Location Services on, so that you can use the “Find My iPhone app.” The majority of the apps you download also ask for Location Services to be on for you to use some of the features. Unlike Windows 10, the A.I. Siri doesn’t have to know everything about you in order to be used, so that is a plus.

For the iCloud, all of the data stored in the cloud is encrypted with 128-bit AES encryption. That makes you feel safe that everything is protected, but the hackers of iCloud from last year who released a lot personal photos from celebrities only used about 20,000 passwords before getting into an account. 20,000 different passwords may seem like a lot, but it actually isn’t. After that incident, Apple decided to send notifications to devices and e-mails if your iCloud is being accessed elsewhere. That doesn’t really prevent you from getting hack, so there isn’t much you can do until Apple decides to actually put up some security.

There wasn’t much to research and experiment with because of how Apple is rather low key with their view on security and privacy. What’s next is actually putting together multiple videos on how you go about protecting yourself and how you can improve your online security. I finally decided what part of the project to replace since Adobe Flash was a rather important topic and I wanted to focus on that. Android Phones is what I removed only because I believe I covered most of the smartphone security and privacy problems with the iPhone. I also wanted to start on the video making as early as possible because I am still having a bit of trouble with my computer, so expect to see some videos and tutorials soon.

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