The iPod Touch is Safer Than Your iPhone

August 19, 2015 at 1:37 pm By

Mobile devices are personal to the user and you’d be lying if you said you wouldn’t miss it in today’s world. Like any technological device, your cell phones can also get you into a lot of trouble if hackers are able to infiltrate it. So, what device will let you communicate without risking being spied on?

“If you want to communicate really securely, you may assume you need some government level spy training, a high tech encrypted phone, or at least a custom operating system,” said Joseph Cox of Wired.

“Nope. Not at all. It turns out the most secure communications device available to anyone, anywhere, right now is the humble iPod Touch.”

Cox asserted that because the iPod Touch is not on a cellular network but still runs secure software on an even more tightly monitored operating system, makes it the perfect mode for communication without the risk of being monitored. The big key in Cox’s opinion is the fact that it only runs off of Wifi.

“Phones, by design, constantly call out to the nearest (or strongest) cell towers to tell the network where to route calls and data,” said Cox.

“This, of course, leaves a paper trail, and those location records are available to any government agency with a warrant or, in the case of more authoritarian regimes, simply for the taking. This means phone calls or text messages are not the best option for secure communication. The iPod Touch eliminates this problem because it doesn’t use a SIM card or a baseband.”

Cox also believes in the strength of “Apple’s stringent vetting of apps.” The control over malicious software floating around the app store is much more minimal making it a no-brainer when it comes to downloading apps on your iPod Touch. Cox included more tips like how to lock down your iPod Touch making it even safer like setting up strong passwords and turning off iCloud back-up features.

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