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Next gen phone security
By Asha

Website Patentlyapple is dedicated to only reporting on patents filed by tech giant Apple.  Its latest report reveals how very soon Apple iPhones will have many new features to protect stolen phones


A new patent application from Apple this morning reveals that they began working on new security features for "Find My iPhone" shortly after the first iteration was revealed back in 2009. The next generation security features are noted as being proactive in nature. The user will be able to preselect certain files to be protected in the event their device is lost or stolen and introduces ways of securely scrambling information instead of wiping it out to make retrieval easier. Other interesting features are also being considered and are -  

-  If multiple failed password setting attempts are detected, the mobile device could determine that the device is currently being operated by an unauthorized user, and could proactively increase a security level of the device.

- Under the increased security level, files or other content stored on the mobile device could be selectively protected. In some implementations, the mobile device could be transitioned into a surveillance mode where the mobile device records or captures information associated with one or more of user actions, ambient sound, images, a trajectory of the device, and transmits the recorded or captured information to the network resource.


(6/17/2011)
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