Category Archives: Mobile Security

iPhone Thefts Decrease Due to Kill Feature, But Don’t Get Too Excited

According to Reuters, thefts involving smartphones have declined in three major cities (San Francisco, New York, and London) after manufacturers implemented software-based kill switches into the devices. Smartphone theft is a serious problem. The article notes that in certain cities in California, smartphone thefts account for more than half of all crimes. Last year, California passed a law that requires all phones sold after July 1, 2015 to contain a kill switch. The full text of the bill is here if you’re interested in the details.

Before we all jump up and down and rejoice at the decrease in violent crime resulting from smartphones, however, consider these two arguments against kill switches in a Wired article: Continue reading iPhone Thefts Decrease Due to Kill Feature, But Don’t Get Too Excited

Cell phone privacy and hacking

In the past two days, there have been two major developments relating to cell phone privacy. First, in the UK, verdicts were returned for Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks in the infamous News International phone hacking scandal. Verdicts on the charge of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office are also pending against Coulson and former editor Clive Goodman.

The second major development was a unanimous ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that police need warrants to search the cell phones of people they arrest.

These developments reveal two distinct ways in which our privacy is threatened Continue reading Cell phone privacy and hacking