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2/25/2016
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Dawn Kawamoto
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iPhone Encryption: 5 Ways It's Changed Over Time

Apple's battle with the FBI has put iPhone encryption in the spotlight. However, some might be surprised that the company's encryption efforts have evolved slowly and are not that different from those of other smartphone makers. Here's a look at the 5 phases of the process so far.
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iPhone - 2007
When the iPhone was first introduced in 2007, the mobile OS X had only a four-digit password and no encryption, according to Schiappa. In subsequent versions of the iPhone, through iPhone 3G, Apple did not use encryption.   

Following the iPhone launch in 2007, some security firms expressed concern that the iPhone would begin to  attract the attention of malicious attackers as more users engaged in online shopping via smartphone.
(Image: Carl Berkeley via Wikimedia Commons)

iPhone - 2007

When the iPhone was first introduced in 2007, the mobile OS X had only a four-digit password and no encryption, according to Schiappa. In subsequent versions of the iPhone, through iPhone 3G, Apple did not use encryption.

Following the iPhone launch in 2007, some security firms expressed concern that the iPhone would begin to attract the attention of malicious attackers as more users engaged in online shopping via smartphone.

(Image: Carl Berkeley via Wikimedia Commons)

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growson
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growson,
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2/26/2016 | 11:44:41 AM
Re: iphone passcode
Withoiut getting into a whole mathematical background on encryption, the big difference:

 

The contents of the filing cabinet are SCRAMBLED and (for all intents and purposes) melted into the filing cabinet themselves (as in, there's no separate pages of documents to "print out").

 

And the crux:  Apple does NOT HAVE THE KEY to unlock this!

 

 
dwhitney306
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dwhitney306,
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2/26/2016 | 9:19:00 AM
Re: iphone passcode
The purpose of encryption to begin with should be protected.  As a consumer, I would not want anyone to infringe upon my personal data and have a right to the protection against ANYONE including the Big Brother FBI.  All Apple has to do is say they can't be sure there is a method of writing code to break the encryption.  Nuf said. 
DR WILL
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DR WILL,
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2/25/2016 | 3:48:32 PM
iphone passcode
How is private information lockd in a file cabinet different from private information locked in an iphone? In the past courts could order search warrants to access that info, and still do today.  Why can't Apple print out the info without revealing the code and hand the info over to the FBI?
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