Why Apple's New iOS 10 Is Not Safe: Backup Issues, Security Risks And More

By Jomar Teves , Sep 26, 2016 03:00 AM EDT

With the recent release of Apple's new operating system, iOS 10, Elcomsoft, an iOS forensics company, has just discovered loopholes in the structure of Apple's new mobile operating system.

Despite the security measures that Apple has incorporated into its new system, it still proves to have its own vulnerabilities because of the new method on its password verification process.

The recently discovery flaws by Elcomsoft suggests that the backup method present in the iOS 10 "skips certain security checks". The security checks being referred to are all present in previous iOS versions.

iOS 10 Vulnerable to Hackers?

The twist here is that the new backup method incorporated into the iOS is working together with the previous backup method. This means that the old backup method is used by the older iOS 10 products.

What this means is that hackers will have an easier job in attempting to access one's own iOS backup. One should know that the iOS backup is the storage for all of the information present in the phone. Some of the information that it contains are the user's contacts, passwords, and history.

What Apple Is Doing To Solve The Problem

Elcomsoft tried out the vulnerability of iOS 10 to hackers as it tried out 6 million random passwords for every second. It then turns out to have an 80 percent to 90 percent chance of breaking into the account and getting the password right.

If left unaddressed by Apple, then it would surely cost them a lot of unnecessary financial losses. Thus, it is a good thing that Apple accepted its loopholes and admitted in a statement to Forbes that it is currently developing a fix for it.

Apple also says in the statement the iCloud backups are not affected by this issue. As of now, what Apple can do to minimize the problems that may happen is by suggesting to the users to have a strong password.

The company has just released iOS 10.0.2 and is now currently developing iOS 10.1. Hopefully, things turn out safer for Apple.

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