For years, Apple has been working hard to make sure no one can get the data off your iPhone once it’s stolen. And it looks like the company is finally successful. A recent post from ElcomSoft says a feature in the upcoming iOS 11 just made cracking the system a little bit difficult, not only for the thief but also for the people in law enforcement.
When it comes to data security, there’s no doubt you can definitely rely on iPhones. Its local storage drive has strong encryption and no one can get past the lock-screen without the passcode or fingerprint. Also, you need to put the passcode to restart if it goes 48 hours without login or the phone’s power is down. So, the thieves, as well as forensics rely on the iPhone’s automatic backup system. If your computer has been registered as a trusted device for your iPhone, it’s easy to trigger an automatic backup from the computer. Even if the computer isn’t registered as a trusted device, it’s not a big deal to make it one. All you need is a fingerprint login, which can easily be 3D printed or spoofed. Once login, the computer will pull a backup from the phone in the future, without requiring any further login.
Well, with iOS 11 the system of pulling the data from an iPhone will be a bit tighter. As ElcomSoft reports only a fingerprint won’t be able to establish the pair. If anyone wants to pull the backup from your phone using a computer, he/she will also have to put the entire passcode, just like unlocking the phone after a hard reset. Although it seems a minor update, it’s able to make life difficult for anyone who tries to pull data from your phone, especially forensics.
There are no details about why Apple did this, but there’s a rumor that the company is entirely dropping the TouchID fingerprint reader on their next iPhone, means with iOS 11, no one can get your data without your permission.