iOS 7 brings a lot of changes to security. Somehow, with all the discussion on design, icons and apps, normal users aren’t exposed to these changes. We think that these are as much important as the design/aesthetic ones – if not more.
We know that fingerprint sensors are beyond fancy stuff and they really do make the iPhone even more secure, there are also other measures that Apple has incorporated to secure your data.
Here’s a synopsis of all the important privacy control changes:
Obviously, there’s more to it than meets the eye. iPhone 5s’s TouchID fingerprint sensor goes beyond the usual narrative of futuristic fingerprint scanning technology coming to mainstream.
Almost everyone who has had a chance to use the iPhone 5s has sung praises about the TouchID. We wrote about it in our round-up of iPhone 5s reviews but it’s fitting to recollect what tech journalists like Walt Mossberg said about the home button: it’s the first time a device makes fingerprint sensors truly mainstream. And it makes unlocking the iPhone, authenticating purchases etc. very easy – and safe.
There are a lot of options in TouchID that can be tweaked from Settings in iPhone 5s. You can add fingerprints, remove them, edit passcodes associated with a fingerprint etc.
If your iPhone gets stolen and you erased the data through iCloud.com, the thief could still restore your iPhone and use it as new. With iOS 7, Apple has changed it all.
When your iPhone gets stolen and you wipe data through iCloud.com, the iPhone cannot be activated unless the original passcode that you used to erase the data is entered. Someone pointed out that a DFU restore might kill things but it remains to be tested.
Nevertheless, this is a really important update that can prevent iPhone thefts from actually becoming profitable for the burglars.
Apple seems to have pulled iCloud Keychain feature out from the public release but when it comes – hopefully in a subsequent update that coincides with Mac OSX release – you should be able to have your passwords and credit card information secured safely and still be accessible on all your devices.
To me, this prospect sounds quite dangerous despite whatever assurances Apple supplies and whatever Apple fanboy blogs write. It’s kind of risky no matter what but knowing Apple, there’s a strong possibility that they truly tightened their already-secure servers and databases.
Google Now-like Frequent Locations
Not as a privacy measure but as something that will help contextual suggestions, Apple released a feature to its Location Tracking that will help it remember your recent locations.
We wrote about that and you can see how to turn it off here.
It’s the feature that feeds data to some of the notifications in the Notification Center (under Today).
What do you feel about the new privacy control options and features in iOS 7?