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Apple Mobile Devices and Security

March 5, 2012

According to tests recently conducted by Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology, should an iPhone be lost or stolen, hackers could access passwords in as little as six minutes, proving that encryption by itself does not provide protection. Because of this recent study, IT would like to remind all iPhone and iPad users to do the following for greatest security:

  • Enable "Passcode"
  • Enable Find your iPhone or iPadfor "Remote Device Wipe" and/or "Locate your iPhone or iPad on a map"
  • Enable the device "Wipe" feature after 10 failed login attempts
  • If lost or stolen, immediately change the passwords of services/applications accessed from your device
  • Do not store confidential data on your device unless it is absolutely necessary

To learn more about mobile device security, visit Apple's Support - iOS4: Understanding data protection.