It’s almost time. iOS 10 is due to be released in a matter of days, and the hype around their landmark double-digit software version is pretty huge. But what do the privacy-conscious amongst us have to look forward to?
In the wake of Apple’s fight with the FBI, they’ve ramped up their dedication to user safety in a big way. In order to offer advanced security to their users while still allowing for the sort of UX that people have come to expect from, them, Apple is investing in what they’re calling Differential Privacy.
Using a number of techniques such as hashing, subsampling and noise injection, Apple aim to more accurately query statistical databases while avoiding the specific identification of users. The success of this method will obviously become clearer over the next months, but it’s at the very least a commendable thing to be investing in.
End-to-end encryption in default apps
Apple is continuing to offer end-to-end encryption in apps like Facetime, Messenger and Homekit, which goes some way to protecting you while you’re using these apps.
When you attempt to connect to a WiFi network that is unsecured, iOS 10 lets you know about it. In fact, it gives you a security recommendation, which looks like this when you click through:
This is a major step in bringing a greater understanding of security threats to the masses. Most open WiFi hotspots pose a real threat to security, but most people still don’t know this. To have this information right there where you can see it will be a huge boost for the greater understanding of this issue.
Let’s take that in for a moment: Now, even Apple themselves recommend protecting yourself against the dangers of unsecured networks.
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