Not long ago a tech security wizard found some ongoing holes, processes, and problems in Apple’s iOS and claimed they could be used by hackers and law enforcement agencies to snoop around on our iDevices.
Apple denied there was an issue and the hullabaloo has mostly blown away, but it raises a very simple question. If we cannot trust Apple with privacy and security, who can we trust?
Trust No One
The subtitle above might be the best way to approach privacy and security issues, but it doesn’t guide us in a direction that really provides for improved or higher levels of the aforementioned privacy and security.
To put in basic terms, we need help. Most of us are not technically capable of locking down our devices– Mac, iPhone, iPad– our our personal information in such a way as to make it totally secure (if there is such a thing) from outside forces.
Comparatively speaking, Apple has a good record on both privacy and security.
Compared to Windows PCs, the Mac and OS X have fewer security issues of note. Apple’s closed ecosystem for iPad and iPhone relegate most mobile device security issues to Android devices (a toxic hell stew of vulnerabilities).
Still, issues with privacy and security abound. Every week we read of a new security breach where hackers have stolen credit card numbers and email addresses. Every week we read of a new way the government can find their way into our devices.
Whether always true or not, whether we’re at greater risk or not, concerns are rising among the great unwashed masses of computer users– desktop, mobile, or notebook– that our privacy is no longer secure anywhere.
If Big Brother is always watching, always evaluating what we do while we’re online– whether through advertising surveillance or conducting finance– and always aware of our online and physical movements, who is safe? Who monitors the monitors? Who can provide customers with an acceptable degree of privacy and security?
Apple? If so, how? If not Apple, who?