iOS 8 Brings Added Security; Backend Overhaul

Anytime a new version of iOS is released, there are undoubtedly a slew of security fixes that go along with it. And, sometimes, that’s the only reason for the update. While security is not the only reason for the iOS 8 release, it makes up a big chunk of it.

The biggest change is the removal of the “back door” access to your email, text messages and photos that existed. With iOS 8, the only way to access your data is with your passcode — so mind that passcode. Should an Apple representative need access to your device, you will explicitly need to allow that.

Now, iCloud backups are a different beast. Any content stored there can be obtained by search warrants, etc. The same goes for backups stored on your laptop. So, yes, security has been addressed, but yes there are holes. Most of those holes can be mitigated with proper strong security practices. So, use strong passwords, use two-factor authentication and all that jazz.

How is the iOS 8 experience?

So far, so good. The primary experiences of using the phone for mundane tasks is unchanged. I’m running into some issues using the new suggested text functionality, but should get used to it.

If you want to see more of the new features, go here.

How about using iOS 8 for dedicated devices?

We are a certified provider for the Apple Device Enrollment Program and will continue participate in that program. It’s really the only way to ensure your dedicated devices remain enrolled in our MDM platform since that configuration is baked-in from the factory.

While iOS 8 doesn’t specifically improve the DEP, the added security and power of the operating system does make for better and more secure dedicated iOS devices.

That said, we do still believe that Android will continue to be the platform of choice for dedicated tablets and devices.

 

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