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Your iPhone Takes Screenshots of Everything You Do

Your iPhone Takes Screenshots of Everything You Do

Posted September 12, 2008 at 12:13am by iClarified
Jonathan Zdziarski has discovered that your iPhone takes and stores a screenshot every time you press the Home button, according to a Wired report.

If you've got an iPhone, pretty much everything you have done on it has been temporarily stored as a screenshot so that Apple can provide you with that cool zoom out effect when changing screens.

Zdziarski explained in a webcast that a screenshot of your most recent action on the phone is taken (ie sending a text message, e-mailing or browsing a web page) in order to cache it. The phone of course deletes this screenshot when you close the application; however, it can be retrieved.

Forensics experts have even used this security flaw to successfully catch criminals who have been accused of rape, murder and drug deals, according Zdziarski.

"There's no way to prevent it," Zdziarski said during the webcast. "I'm kind of divided on it. I hope Apple fixes it because it's a significant privacy leak, but at the same time it's been useful for investigating criminals."

In a side note, Zdziarski also demonstrated a rather lengthy workaround to the iPhone's passcode. So if you have anything top secret on your iPhone be aware that it can be retrieved no matter what protection you have in place!

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ricardo - September 12, 2008 at 9:19pm
in what folder is it on?
Howard - September 12, 2008 at 11:15am
Okey....?? I found out about this long time ago - this is nothing new. Am I clever or did you guysl out there knew too??
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