Apple's iOS has a reputation for being a more secure operating system than Google's Android, and as the Washington Post reports, it deserves it. Earlier this week reports from surveillance firm Gamma Group leaked that discussed the capabilities of its FinSpy software, and the documents listed an crucial caveat — the software won't work on iPhones unless the phone is jailbroken.
Back when the whole Edward Snowden/PRISM scandal broke out, a small (if qualified) saving grace for Apple is that it was apparently the most recent company the NSA accessed. It's still unknown how true all that was, but in an interview with ABC's David Muir, Apple CEO Tim Cook once again drove home his repeated position that Apple looks out for the security of its users.
Proving that tech companies can set aside their rivalries and differences for a good cause, some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley have launched a campaign calling for sweeping reforms to the National Security Agency.
We still don't know if Apple and other tech companies' denial of direct involvement in the PRISM scandal has any truth (although we can at least be happy that Apple was apparently the last to participate), but we can take some comfort in the fact that Apple CEO Tim Cook seems to want to do something about it. According to Politico, Cook and other tech representatives held a confidential meeting this week with other tech executives and President Obama to discuss government surveillance programs.
It's a great time to be a Mac user, with accessory makers big and small finally taking the platform seriously with native software. Logitech has been leading the charge, and now counts its security products among them.