by Dish Staff
David Auerbach blames Apple for the photo hacking:
Apple is currently delighted that people are talking about how you shouldn’t take naked photos of yourself in the first place, but make no mistake: Apple has been provably irresponsible with users’ security. It is currently unclear how the naked photos were gathered—most likely through a number of different methods and different servers over a period of months if not years. What is clear is that Apple has had a known security vulnerability in its iCloud service for months and has been careless about protecting its users. Apple patched this vulnerability shortly after the leak, so even if we’re not sure of exactly how the photos got hacked, evidently Apple thinks it might have had something to do with it. Whether or not this particular vulnerability was used to gather some of the photos—Apple is not commenting, as usual, but the ubiquity and popularity of Apple’s products certainly points to the iCloud of being a likely source—its existence is reason enough for users to be deeply upset at their beloved company for not taking security seriously enough.
Yishai Schwartz points a finger at the private sector more generally:
[A]s this week’s photos scandal demonstrates, the threat to privacy comes from the private sector as much as from the government. Is another Nixon, and particularly one powerful enough to overcome layers of post-Watergate oversight and compliance mechanisms, really more likely than an iCloud or Gmail hacker? When corporations cannot even be relied upon to secure our content, it seems naïve to automatically entrust our privacy to the private sector rather than the government. And it seems odd to allow Verizon commercial access to the same information that we deny the NSA for the purpose of counterterrorism.
In the modern era, it is the large corporations that pose the greatest threat to privacy. Google, Amazon, and Facebook may know things about us that we have never written in an email or stored in a file. We may never even know what is included in the mosaics of our lives that corporations are already weaving. With the government, we can take comfort that layers of bureaucracy, minimization procedures, and oversight prevent tyranny and mitigates the damage from leaks. But with private corporations, we have no such assurances.
On the subject of Apple, a reader responds to Sue Halpern’s post last week on the upcoming release of the iPhone 6:
There are a lot of these anti-Apple articles written by people who claim to understand Apple products. But they don’t ever seem to discuss the real reasons that exist for owning one. Here are mine:
1. Top notch hardware – if you’ve compared the responsiveness between and Apple touch screen and another brand, there is a difference that matters to some people. Another example, the always amazing and always improving iPhone camera.
2. No malware – the threat of malware grows every year on Android-installed gadgets. Thanks to Apple‘s careful administration of their app store, there is virtually no threat on iOS.
3. Product support – Apple makes it easy for their owners to ALL have the latest version operating system. Many, many phone makers ignore new versions, or make their own versions. Their refusal to support the standards set forth by Google make it difficult sometimes to be sure the phone you’re buying now can run an app now, and even more unlikely, to be sure it will be able to run new apps a year from now. Which leads to #4:
4. Developer support – Developers have to test on dozens of different devices and operating systems if they want their app to work in the Android ecosystem. This is costly and often their app is made long after the iOS version, if they decide ever to make it at all.
5. Forward thinking – Apple introduces innovative features every year. This year they’re rumored to be implementing NFC payments. With their reputation and the strength of the usage of their products in the real world, things like NFC which failed before, are more likely to succeed. Meaning iPhone owners are prepared for the future already, while other brands follow suit. Same with 64 bit processing: most of us don’t know what that is, but perhaps our experience of the device will be improved thanks to this technology.
6. User experience – this is the top reason I use Apple devices. While nothing is perfect, Apple places an importance on how users interact with their products. Something like a 64 bit processor is a small part of the carefully-crafted ecosystem which makes the whole entirety a pleasure to use. Other manufacturers get this, but just as often as not, other aspects such as price or deadline take priority.
I’m an Apple fanboy for these reasons, and not because of some mystique that anti-Apple articles like the quoted one prefer to present. If I someday feel these are no longer Apple‘s priorities, I will certainly look elsewhere. Till then, it’s nice to buy a device and not have to worry about if I did enough research or made the right choice.