Apple has today made a couple of small but interesting amendments to the iOS page on their website, highlighting the secure nature of their mobile operating system. Under the section of the page called “Safety and security by design” the company has made a couple of interesting additions to the text in order to reassure iOS users, and potential iOS users, about how secure their OS actually is. The first addition is the following text “Low-level hardware and firmware features are designed to protect against malware and viruses, while high-level OS features help to secure access to personal information and corporate data“.
The following text was also added, related to the passcode lock system on iOS devices; “You can set a passcode lock to prevent unauthorized access to your device and configure it to delete all your data after too many unsuccessful passcode attempts. This passcode also automatically encrypts and protects your stored email as well as allows third-party apps to encrypt their stored data. iOS supports encrypted network communication that apps can use to protect your sensitive information during transmission”
The clarification about what the passcode actually does is particularly relevant, particularly in the context of reports earlier this year, and again in 2011, showing that the passcode on iOS devices was actually pretty easy to crack.
In addition, the company is obviously keen to reiterate that iOS devices have both hardware and firmware features designed to protect against malicious software, particularly as discussions occasionally arise, primarily prompted by security companies, that are focused upon malware that specifically affects iOS devices.