Apple may have come up with a solution to what they will be meeting with government officials for later this month. We already know that the number of thefts of smartphones and other such devices have increased over the years, and the fact that the government wants the likes of Apple and other smartphone makers to take some of the responsibility.
During WWDC 2013 Apple introduced Activation Lock, which is an iOS 7 security feature, which has been created to discourage thefts of devices like the iPhone. It’s terrible that we have to put up with smartphones being stolen, but some people are an easy target and so Apple knew that something had to be done, although we have to wonder if they would have developed Activation Lock if they were not under pressure from US government officials?
So how does iOS 7 Activation Lock work? If your phone is stolen and you have remotely erased it you will then need to enter your Apple ID and password in order to reactive the stolen handset. To help increase security even more, you will also need to enter your ID and password to turn Find My iPhone off.
Apple believes that these measures will leave the thief with an iPhone that is unworkable if you do not have the Apple ID and password. In the past thieves have tried to wipe the device clean and then give themselves a clean iPhone. However, this will not be allowed to happen once iOS 7 is released in the fall. We have to wonder how this would work for the second-hand market?
While this is good news, we’re sure that it won’t be long after this new measure is introduced that those clever hackers will be able to come up with a workaround, as they always seem to be able to stay one-step ahead of the engineers who design such systems.