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EFF Says iOS 11 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Toggles Are Misleading and Compromise User Security

EFF Says iOS 11 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Toggles Are Misleading and Compromise User Security

Posted October 6, 2017 at 7:48pm by iClarified · 17613 views
The Electronic Frontier Foundation says the new iOS 11 toggles for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth that don't really turn them off are misleading and compromise user security.

In iOS 11 and later, when you toggle the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons in Control Center, your device will immediately disconnect from Wi-Fi and Bluetooth accessories. However, both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will continue to be available, so you can use:
● AirDrop
● AirPlay
● Apple Pencil
● Apple Watch
● Continuity features, like Handoff and Instant Hotspot
● Instant Hotspot
● Location Services

This differs from all other versions of iOS where toggling Wi-Fi or Bluetooth in Control Center would turn them off.

EFF notes:
Instead, what actually happens in iOS 11 when you toggle your quick settings to “off” is that the phone will disconnect from Wi-Fi networks and some devices, but remain on for Apple services. Location Services is still enabled, Apple devices (like Apple Watch and Pencil) stay connected, and services such as Handoff and Instant Hotspot stay on. Apple’s UI fails to even attempt to communicate these exceptions to its users. It gets even worse. When you toggle these settings in the Control Center to what is best described as"off-ish," they don’t stay that way. The Wi-Fi will turn back full-on if you drive or walk to a new location. And both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth will turn back on at 5:00 AM. This is not clearly explained to users, nor left to them to choose, which makes security-aware users vulnerable as well.

If you want to completely disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for all networks and devices, follow these steps:
● To turn off Wi-Fi, go to Settings > Wi-Fi and turn off Wi-Fi.
● To turn off Bluetooth, go to Settings > Bluetooth and turn off Bluetooth.

Hit the link below for the EFF's full post on the matter...

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EFF Says iOS 11 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Toggles Are Misleading and Compromise User Security
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No ma'am - October 9, 2017 at 4:30am
Stupid Apple
Am_1664 - October 8, 2017 at 6:31am
So what's airplane mode for then! That turns WiFi and Bluetooth off
Bigjiba - October 8, 2017 at 3:33am
Not sure why people want to accept the change. People want to be able to control. That’s why control center exist, to control the hardware very simply and easily without having to go through multiple layers in settings. People are used to the control center and were happy. So why do people want to accept this ? There is no advantage to the consumer. Only for Apple. WiFi based location tracking. Bluetooth beacon to track as well. Why would people defend this change? What gain is it for you? People want the convenience they are used to that already existed. Apple is removing convenience features for their gain and the customers loss. And with iOS 11 being a hatefest and a drainfest , why would any customer want any feature that drains more energy? Why do people complain about other people complaining ? These fanboys are enjoying the features from people who criticize to have a better iPhone in the product. Yes I do realize the irony. I’m complaining about complainers aka fanboys who complain about complainers hahaha
MUKAI - October 8, 2017 at 12:23am
Aren't EFF the jailbreak fanboys? They are just upset that there isn't a button to enable 'piracy mode' in the Control Centre.
yourson - October 9, 2017 at 12:36pm
MUKAI.... Daddy, just because we could jailbreak in the past didn't mean it was just for "piracy"! Now suck it!!!
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