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Apple Response

Apple Responds to Judge’s Request to Access San Bernardino Shooter’s iPhone


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US magistrate judge has directed Apple to help unlock a phone belonging to one of the killers responsible for the San Bernardino shooting in the hopes of examining its contents and learning more about the incident. Specifically, the FBI wants Apple to create a new version of the iPhone OS— to be used only with this case — that would provide a backdoor to accessing locked iPhones. 

In response, Apple released a letter on Tuesday evening to publicly address this request. In short, the tech giant has decided to oppose the ruling, noting that this type of security infringement goes against the strong and trusted encryption standards they have built over the years.

Following the tragic shooting that occurred last December in San Bernardino, California, the locked iPhone that belonged to the shooters was uncovered by authorities, ultimately prompting this resonating discussion about the boundaries of data security.

“Customers expect Apple and other technology companies to do everything in our power to protect their personal information, and at Apple we are deeply committed to safeguarding their data,” the letter detailed. “In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession.”

This type of proposed OS would allow anyone to attempt an unlimited number of passcodes to get into a locked phone without erasing all the data contained within the device.

While the discussion on the limits of cyber security continues, we continue to make your online protection a priority here at UsenetServer. By using our VPN product, you’re taking back control of your own online security, ensuring your data remains 100% protected and anonymous at all times. If you haven’t already, get started with our VPN today to see how you can keep your important data under lock and key, no matter what.  

What are your thoughts on Apple’s response to this ruling? Let us know in the comments below!

Five Reasons to Get VPN

5 Reasons Why You Need a VPN ASAP

You may have noticed we offer a VPN product, but may not be sure what it does. Or perhaps you’ve added VPN to your subscription and you don’t quite know what to do with it yet. Here at UsenetServer, not only do we aim to provide top-quality NNTP access, we aim to provide online security as well and that all starts with our VPN service! A VPN, or virtual private network, works by replacing your device’s IP address with a shared one, thus passing your online data through an encrypted tunnel to a third-party server.

To help our customers who want to know more about this software, we’re going to help break down some of the incredibly useful benefits of using this product. Take a look at the top five reasons why you should get started with our VPN as soon as possible.

1. Allows you to use public Wi-Fi freely and safely.

Think about how often you connect to a public Wi-Fi network: while grabbing your morning coffee at your favorite cafe, staying at a hotel, waiting for a flight at the airport, or even at your office. While these open networks are incredibly useful for almost everyone trying to connect to the Net on the go, they’re also a common method for hackers to do their dirty work. Anyone using the network without a VPN is a prime target for cybercriminals who can access and ultimately steal your private information. By using our VPN, all of your online activity will be protected and remain hidden from prying eyes. Access sensitive information such as bank statements, social media accounts, and more with complete peace of mind about your security.  

2. Stops snooping from your ISP and government eyes.

Cybercriminals aren’t the only ones who can snoop on your online traffic your Internet Service Provider (ISP) as well as many government agencies have the ability to view and collect your data when you surf the Web. While this type of data collection is done under the guise of a combative precaution against illegal activity and cybercrime, it’s commonly seen as an invasion of privacy.  If you, like many, many folks, don’t like the idea of big brother keeping an eye on you, a VPN encrypts your data so your ISP and other prying eyes are unable to view or collect it, rendering you practically anonymous while you browse privately.

3. Prevents unwanted advertising and manipulated content.

Without a VPN, third-party cookies have the ability to track the products and websites you search for in order to target you with advertisements. Before you know it, every website you visit displays the same pesky ad featuring that one pair of shoes you looked at once. Since a VPN encrypts your online traffic and gives you an IP address shared by others, those third-party cookies will be unable to track your activity and effectively advertise to you. You’ll be free to shop online and search for websites without being followed by targeted marketing.

4. Protects against malware and viruses.

Cybercrime comes in many forms, and one of the most common is found in malicious websites. These are sites that are typically designed to appear like a normal website for a bank, a brand, etc, yet are created to steal information from the user who visits the site or even give his or her computer a nasty virus. To avoid any threat of this, using a VPN is your best bet as it provides a firewall to protect you against this type of cybercrime. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that shady sites will be unable to steal your private information or attack your device.

5. Provides uncensored internet access.

One of the most surprising and incredibly useful perks of using a VPN is that it gives you the ability to bypass restrictions and censorship for certain websites. What exactly does this mean? Depending on where you’re physically located, different websites are affected by respective government restrictions and censorship. Simply put, using a VPN allows you to bypass those restrictions since your true IP address is replaced with one from a server in a region where the sites you’re seeking aren’t restricted. This especially proves useful for those traveling outside their country but still want to visit the sites they normally visit while home.

 

There you have it what’s not to love about using a VPN? Once you download our VPN software on your device of choice, you’re ready to roll. Keep your online traffic secure and your search options unlimited when you get started with our VPN product today. 

Know of any other perks of using a VPN? Let us know in the comments below!