More iPhones Targeted

by Mike on March 4, 2016

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After a California court ordered Apple to circumvent the encryption on one terrorist’s iPhone, the government requested that Apple give them access to several more iPhones. These new requests are not even related to any terror cases. Apple knew that this would happen, and is the reason why they denied the requested access and are now fighting the court’s decision. The government said that the requested iPhone crack would be used only for this case, but now we see that Apple’s reluctance was not unfounded.

Justice Department Demands More Access

The Justice Department has requested access to a reported 9 iPhones in the last week. This is in addition to the one used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists. These new requests are not related to cases of terror, which substantiates the fears that these government requests will go outside the realm of emergency cases. Apple refused the initial request from the FBI because they were concerned that it would create a precedent. Now we see the California ruling paving the way for more requests just a few days after it was made. Apple is also fighting these new requests, which other reports claim are a total of 12 so far.

When Apple appealed the Justice Department’s ruling on the San Bernardino iPhone, the company was accused of being concerned only about their image. The Justice Department was quoted as claiming that Apple did not have any legal leg to stand on, and that it was denying them access only to preserve their brand marketing strategy and maintain their business model. There isn’t anything wrong with the company choosing to take a stand to protect its customers and preserve their promise of security. Apple has cooperated with previous search orders and subpoenas, but simply can’t create a vulnerability that puts all iPhones at risk and exposes their users to unlawful surveillance and cybercriminal attacks. The government has pulled out the 1789 All Writs Act to try and force Apple to break these iPhones, and it remains to be seen whether Apple also has the law on its side. There are differing opinions among magistrate judges, and we hope that the court will finally decide that the reasonable technical assistance that Apple has already provided satisfies the law without forcing them to go as far as decrypting iPhones.

Apple is arguing their case on the basis of civil liberties, pulling out the First Amendment to back up their refusal to create the dangerous iOS version. This operating system would bypass the two passcode security features that erase the phone data when the code is entered wrong and restrict the use of USBs to crack codes by brute force. Meantime, Apple is also working on stronger security for iPhones and iCloud in anticipation of more efforts by the Justice Department to get into encrypted iPhones. These efforts make iPhones hackable by anyone, which is what Apple is trying to prevent.

Tech Community Supports Encryption

Many in the tech community understand Apple’s stance on the issue and have given their support. Mozilla, Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Box are among these. Microsoft has expressed that they believe in cooperating with the government in terror cases, but since the requests no longer pertain to such, we hope that Bill Gates will change his mind and help them fight to maintain privacy and security. Other groups like the EFF, Access Now, Fight for the Future, the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition have also pledged their support in the Apple-FBI battle.

Public Opinion

The public is divided on the debate over the San Bernardino iPhone. In a Pew Research poll, about half think that Apple should cooperate fully to assist in the investigation, and about 40% think that encryption should be protected. The rest are undecided. In a Reuters poll, 35% agreed with the Justice Department and nearly half were in Apple’s camp while 20% were undecided. In a casual CNBC poll, 58% supported Apple and the rest supported the government. Some may be surprised at the number of people on the side of the government, but we have to remember that the polls were conducted pertaining to only the specific case of the iPhone connected to the terror attack in San Bernardino. We are expecting to see different numbers on any polls taken on the succeeding requests.

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How to setup L2TP VPN on Windows 8?

by Mike on February 3, 2016

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Most of the Virtual Private Network companies are providing an internet network that operates based on L2TP protocol. As most of you know, L2TP is one of the most popular types of VPN protocol. L2TP VPN service provides enough security and anonymity to the subscriber. Many of the subscribers will be using L2TP VPN on their device and those of you who are not aware of the setup procedure should go through this article in detail. [click to continue…]

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Smartphones and tablets are two of the most widely used devices and these devices make the job easy for individual users and business organizations. All of us use different types of smartphones and tablets and the ease of carrying these devices anywhere and also the flexibility of using them for performing day to day activities have made it a compulsory gadget in all our lives. At the moment we can’t live without a smartphone and that’s the way it is. Having said that, smartphones lack protection and so the risk of losing data gets doubled up. [click to continue…]

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Error 451 – Censored

by Mike on February 3, 2016

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Websites that have been censored through legal means are now being marked by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) with a special HTTP error code. Error 451 is named after the famed Ray Bradbury novel about censorship and will be seen on browser windows when users around the world try to access web pages that have been blocked by government regulators. [click to continue…]

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January VPN Updates

by Mike on February 3, 2016

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IAPS Security has been very busy preparing for 2016, and they have a lot of updates for us. IAPS now boasts the biggest residential proxy network on the entire globe, but that’s not all they have accomplished lately. IAPS Security also has new relay networks good to go, has launched a new forum that is up and running well, and is offering an RDP package for Facebook marketers, all within this month. Other provider StrongVPN launched an update for their OS X app last week, and ExpressVPN updated their iOS app. [click to continue…]

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Reliable VPN for file sharing

by Mike on January 19, 2016

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Internet is mainly used by individuals and business organizations to communicate with one another and also to perform file transfers and sharing. It is very easy to share your files and thoughts through the internet. There are various online resources that support file sharing. Individuals and businesses should choose the right service in order to perform file sharing in a secure manner. File sharing can be performed in various ways but the security for file sharing is very important. [click to continue…]

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FBI Secretly Enhancing Biometrics Programs

by Mike on January 8, 2016

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been putting a lot of effort into their biometrics programs over the last few years. They have already implemented mobile biometrics that connects to their Repository for Individuals of Special Concern (RISC) to identify and link individuals on the spot. They also have a sweeping facial recognition program that ties in with a comprehensive database of citizen information. This database works for their Next Generation Identification (NGI) program, which is also linked to the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS). Most recently, the FBI has augmented their searchable fingerprinting database to merge the print records of criminals and civilians, and is planning to update their facial recognition database with new photos that they will take while they are out on the streets. These moves to improve their biometrics programs are being done away from the media’s keen eye because of the privacy pickle that it creates. [click to continue…]

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Best VPN for iOS

by Mike on January 8, 2016

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Apple devices are very popular all over the world. Many of us even save money for buying the latest version of iPhone or iPad. Apple devices have a competitive edge over the rest of the players purely because of their design and software features. Every Apple phone comes loaded with some of the world class features that can’t be found in any other phone in the market. Apple smartphones, tablets and other devices run based on the iOS software platform and internet users should get VPN for iOS in order to make use of the VPN service. [click to continue…]

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Watch Super Bowl on iPhone

by Mike on December 30, 2015

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Super Bowl matches are very popular in the US. American football is a sport loved by most of the US population and the people living in the US could watch their favorite matches without facing any problem whatsoever. But, American citizens who are living outside their country would not be able to view them. Geographic restriction would prevent the internet users from watching their favorite Super Bowl matches when they are outside the US. NBC Sports broadcaster offers live streaming of the Super Bowl match to the US viewers. Smartphone application is also provided for internet users of the US which enables them to watch Super Bowl on iPhone. [click to continue…]

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Different types of VPN protocols

by Mike on December 26, 2015

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VPN service providers provide a highly secured internet network to the subscribers and this network is offered to the internet users by means of protocols. VPN service is utilized by individuals and businesses to obtain various features like accessibility, security, picture quality, data protection, limited data traffic, etc. All of these features provided by VPN servers are also based on the type of protocol network offered. Quality of features provided by the VPN would differ based on the types of VPN protocols. [click to continue…]

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