FBI has really ripped out Apple’s happiness by now, but there is a history attached to it, just in case you didn’t know yet.
On December 2 2015, California, 90 members of San Bernardino County Department of Public Health were assembled for training cum holiday party became victim of another terrorist attack of US. Syed Rizwan Farook one of the health department member along with his wife Tashfeen Malik living in Redlands planned the terrorist attack killing 14 people and injuring 22. Both of them are killed by the police four hours after the attack.
FBI next day started the counter terrorism investigation and then started the nationwide argument on the security features inbuilt in Apple phones.
The legal fight between Apple and FBI ended with the confirmation from FBI that it used mysterious method to hack the shooter’s iPhone. This again raises questions on the security system and data protection system of the mobile phones.
In reply to questions raised, Apple‘s new iPhones are harder to hack. iPhone 5s , iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are equipped with Touch ID in which data is saved in – secure enclaves in the new models. Secure enclaves are the part of the A7 and A8 chips used for Touch ID. A7 uses the 64-bit processer instead of the 32 – bit processer which is designed by ARM ltd. ARM created the system approach which protects data in memory, crypto blocks, keyboard, screen and sensors from the software attacks. The security system is strong as it separates the hardware and the software resources so that the data is stored in one of the two worlds – the secure world for the security subsystems. TrustZone enabled AMB3 AXI bus fabrics makes sure that others do not have access to the resources saved in the phones. Fingerprint scanner in the new Apple models does the biometrics security checks and verifies the identity of the users. The fingerprint data is stored in an encrypted form which can only be decrypted by a key.
In order to save data being hacked, it is advisable to disable the touch Id and create passcode 10-12 custom numeric or alphanumeric character which is a painful thing with so very frequently used device today.
Is your phone “FBI – proof” is what everybody’s concern is now answered.