InfoWorld Says Relying on Jailbroken iPhone is 'Idiotic'

InfoWorld Says Relying on Jailbroken iPhone is 'Idiotic'

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In an article published on InfoWorld and reprinted on MacWorld, relying on a jailbroken iPhone is called idiotic.

Tom Yager, writes an article intended to instruct users on the eight steps to iPhone security.

The steps outline are:
1. Never leave your iPhone unlocked
2. Keep up with Apple firmware updates
3. Put your iPhone on a leash
4. Secure your iTunes host
5. Don't jailbreak your iPhone
6. Hide sensitive data in plain sight
7. Use FileVault on the Mac or EFS on Vista
8. Use Exchange Server for its back end

Paying attention to step five Yager writes,
The iPhone jailbreak process purposely disarms the mechanisms that Apple created to protect your data. With App Store, a trusted party tests and vouches for the software, and Apple can trigger an uninstall of an app if a risk is discovered later. The protections offered by open source projects --multiple contributors, readily viewable code, and a central location for comments and fixes -- don't exist in the jailbreak world. I'll grant that jailbreaking an iPod Touch or a retired iPhone can be good fun. Relying on a jailbroken iPhone as your primary mobile device is idiotic.

It's so quick and easy to jailbreak an iPhone that it takes a minimum of social engineering to trick a trusting user into bypassing Apple's built-in guard against modified firmware. It's a simple sell: By holding down one key while clicking Restore, you don't waste time waiting for new firmware to download from Apple. Don't fall for it. Always download firmware directly from Apple.


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InfoWorld Says Relying on Jailbroken iPhone is 'Idiotic'

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jeff
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JeremyR
JeremyR - December 10, 2008 at 10:03am
@HS: I agree with everything you said except for your point not to jailbreak if you need a corporate tool. IThe iPhone, out-of-the-box, is absolutely NOT a corporate tool. I'm an IT/business user and I can state without equivocation that the only way to get the iPhone close to being a workable corporate device is to jailbreak it.
Mike
Mike - December 9, 2008 at 8:38pm
The author is an idiot.
HS
HS - December 9, 2008 at 9:28am
While I can understand the points raised in the article, I think that the author is missing a few points as well. I have a jailbroken 2G phone and have had some difficulties and moments of terror when something has gone awry during an update of firmware. However, I have always taken precautions and backed up data to ensure that I can restore it (sometimes, with great help from sites like iClarified!). Jailbreaking your phone is not for everyone and it requires a little bit more tolerance and understanding of the implications surrounding it. If you need a corporate tool and want it supported, then Jailbreaking is not for you. If you understand the risks and opportunities (like not being screwed over by phone companies with punitive roaming charges) then Jailbreaking your phone is a valuable method to use the iPhone (especially when it wasn't being offered in Canada originally. Even now, I am not going to take out a 3-year commitment (longer than any car-lease I have ever had) on a phone, whose technology changes every 12-18 months. It doesn't make sense! Maybe if I could buy an iPhone separate from a carrier, it might be a different story. However, for now, jailbreaking is the best option for me and many others. Some of the other points in the article are valid, and the only thing that I would like to see is a longer locking code on the phone or some other biometric securing capability.
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