Wednesday, May 18, 2016

makes ‘clr improvements’ to iDevice crime prevention, SF DA says

At lst one critic is satisfied by ’s efforts to slow a growing of iPhone crimes. San Fran’s District Attorney, who rlier called on the iPhone maker to install a so-called kill switch in its handsets, now believes a fture in the company’s upcoming iOS 7 shows“clr improvements”by the tech giant.San Fran District Attorney George Gascón made the comment Friday after testing ’s Lock fture alongside the Absolute Software’s Lojack running on ’s Galaxy S4…“I’m very optimistic that they came and were willing to share their technology with us,”Gascón told theSan Fran Examiner.The Lockfture is part of iOS 7, expected to be relsed in September. Unveiled in June, Lock prevents a stolen iPhone from being activated unless the thief knows the owner’s ID.Last week, Gascóngathered security expertsto test the ftures included in both the and handsets. At the time, the DA said the experts would“see if [the ftures] stand up to the tactics commonly employed by thieves.”In June, both the San Fran law enforcement official and New York City Attorney eral Eric Schneiderman announcedSave Our Smart(S.O.S.), an initiative aimed at protecting smartphone owners from a growing trend of theft, especially i.Around one in three thefts involve smart, according to the FCC.While impressed with ’s efforts, the two men said they will not drop the topic until they get a response from Android maker Google and Phone crtor . Both company have yet supplied anti-theft msures for tests, according to the report.Along with the Lock fture in iOS 7, reportedly is expected to include a fingerprint sensor in its iPhone 5S, a handset many believe is up for introduction this Fall.As smart become as commonplace as wallets and other everyday accessories, security must be a fture for handset designers. Building in virtual kill-switches in phone software, as well as hardware which ties ownership to biometrics, should be seen as important first steps.

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