Encryption and the Use of Backdoors to Reach Sensitive Data

Apple has taken a great step recently, opposing to the FBI regarding the presence of a backdoor in their iOS software. Some people have been backing this position up, whereas some others claim that the FBI has got the right to control data like that.

Even though the case under scrutiny is related to a terrorist act (the San Bernardino Case), it does not justify the use of backdoors that could become widely adopted as means of control over the citizens. So, it is still under debate and nobody knows whether or not Apple (and other companies) will be forced to comply with similar requests.

As for the defensive line of Apple, in an open letter they have stated the following:

“The government would have us remove security features and add new capabilities to the operating system, allowing a passcode to be input electronically. This would make it easier to unlock an iPhone by “brute force,” trying thousands or millions of combinations with the speed of a modern computer. The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.”

In this turbulent environment, there is no excuse for not using a VPN online. Everyone is entitled to online privacy and anonymity. Without the risk of getting your personal information exposed, the Internet is a great tool to all of us.

So, make sure that you subscribe to a reliable VPN service provider, in avoidance of data security breaches. In addition, be sure to double check the privacy settings of the apps and sites you use. They can be really enlightening, as to the amount of information that is shared and collected.

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