Apple stopped storing user crypto keys on its server

    The iOS 8 operating system implements several innovations related to information security. Some of these are listed in the iOS Security Guide September 2014 . Compared to the February version of the document, new sections have appeared describing the Always-on VPN feature, S / MIME support for email, and automatic MAC address change (for anonymization). In addition, the company has activated two-factor authentication for iCloud.

    But the most important thing is on the Apple Privacy website and in the law enforcement document, Legal Process Guidelines. US Law Enforcement .

    It says that the company now "lacks the technical ability" to transfer personal data at the request of law enforcement agencies.

    “On iOS 8 devices, personal data such as photos, messages (including attached files), mail, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes and reminders are protected by a password code,” the site says. - Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot circumvent this password code and therefore does not have access to this data. So it’s technically impossible for us to satisfy subpoenas and requests for such information from devices running iOS 8. ”

    Protective measures, however, do not apply to other services, including iCloud. However, experts consider the refusal to make a backup of their private keys a step in the right direction, from the point of view of information security.

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    Since the installation of iOS 8 requires 5.7 GB of free space, some users began to delete personal files from the phone and so on. It’s fun to read messages like these on Twitter : “To install iOS 8, you need to remove all applications and sacrifice your first-born”, “I had to part with the girl to make room for iOS 8”.

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