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Can an iPhone be encrypted?

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Paul Williams3 Level 2 Level 2 (430 points)
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Mar 24, 2012 9:01 AM

Hi everybody,

 

Can an iPhone be encrypted? I keep reading these stories where police confiscate cell phones and download all the user data. Before i buy an iPhone i'd like to know if there is a way to encrypt it to prevent such snooping.

 

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), 2.2 Ghz Intel Core i7
  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,575 points)
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    Mar 24, 2012 9:05 AM (in response to Paul Williams3)

    Nope, and even if had the strongest passcode know to man, on your phone, with the right equipment/software all of your data can be accessed.

  • deggie Level 8 Level 8 (44,930 points)
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    Mar 24, 2012 9:07 AM (in response to Paul Williams3)

    You can set a passcode on it but even then law enforcement has tools to bypass those codes and any encryption. They will not take your cell phone unless they have a warrant and at that point they are not "snooping" they are investigating a crime.'

     

    Are you committing crimes?

  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7 (22,430 points)
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    Mar 24, 2012 9:08 AM (in response to Paul Williams3)

    Here's what Apple had to say.

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4175?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

     

    Though, if I were you, I wouldn't keep anything on your phone that might be incriminating or illegal.

     

    Probably shouldn't store the missle launch codes on it either.

     

    Matt

  • bensen408 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 6, 2012 3:52 PM (in response to Paul Williams3)

    Don't do anything illegal or stupid and you have nothing to worry about.

  • sithjedi33 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 15, 2012 10:25 PM (in response to bensen408)

    For all of you who think you have nothing to worry about, I would invite you to watch this short and VERY informative clip on why you should encrypt your phone. Apple really needs to make it an available feature on the iphone. Starting around the 5 minute mark in this clip, you will get a very good reason as to why you should encrypt your phone if possible. Even if you do think you are angel with a halo who has done nothing wrong! Remember if the cops have this technology, of course so do criminals (I mean the criminals without arrrest powers).

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVCROjpgCB0&feature=related

  • SET0TITAN Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2013 4:15 PM (in response to sithjedi33)

    I appreciate the video but it was a waste of time. It doesn't tell you how to encrypt your phone. Let me save you 7 minutes of your life I'll never get back and summarize:

     

    Put a pin number on your phone, cops can't force you to give them your pin and if you're running Windows use True Crypt to encrypt your data.

     

    Very disappointing video.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,520 points)
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    Nov 14, 2013 5:20 PM (in response to SET0TITAN)

    For reasons actually more boring than you might think. I know a fair number of political activists. They only take disposable basic phones to protests and other similar situations.

  • sithjedi33 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2013 10:52 PM (in response to SET0TITAN)

    Wow, why the drama? Just got a divorce, etc? Perhaps you didn't understand the very simple thing that I said. Which was that the video illustrated "WHY YOU SHOULD ENCRYPT YOUR IPHONE," Which after your dramatic statement you still didn't instruct us poor fools on how to do who don't know how to use google, lol. I don't see anywhere that I said, it was a "how to" video. So chill out oh so brilliant one with wisdom above us standard peons!

     

    I even said start at the main point which is at the five minute mark. That was so the simple minded wouldn't watch it all and make some stupid comment. (Not that anyone would ever do that,lol!) If you watched all of it, that's your own fault, not mine.

     

    Does someone have a case of the Mondays? Lol!

  • sithjedi33 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 14, 2013 11:00 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)

    Yeah, I know about burners, etc. that was NOT the point. The point quiet simply was THE REASON WHY YOU SHOULD ENCRYPT YOUR IPHONE if you have one. Crime or no crime. Whether you're grandma Moses or Bonnie of Bonnie and Clyde fame. It wasn't about the best way to get away with a crime, lol. Am I speaking English here folks? **** forget the cops, encrypting your phone makes it harder for some little snot nose meth head who just stole your phone from getting all of your info off of it to steal your identity, etc.

  • SET0TITAN Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 15, 2013 7:15 AM (in response to sithjedi33)

    There's no drama here trollbait, I think you're blowing it out of proportion. My time is limited and I don't like have it wasted as I'm sure is the case with most people. This thread was started asking how to encrypt your phone. Obviously we all know we should encrypt our phones or we wouldn't be on this thread. So a video making that same point is redundant. I thanked you for the effort and was very poite.

     

    Try not to take things so personally, you'll live longer. You seem stressed.. tell me all about it.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,520 points)
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    Nov 15, 2013 1:11 PM (in response to sithjedi33)

    sithjedi33 wrote:

     

    Yeah, I know about burners, etc. that was NOT the point.

    What on earth are you on about? Do calm down. You're the only one generating drama here.

  • sithjedi33 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 15, 2013 1:16 PM (in response to Meg St._Clair)

    I am calm. If I weren't, you would know it. The bulk of my response wasn't even intended for you.

  • Meg St._Clair Level 8 Level 8 (37,520 points)
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    Nov 15, 2013 1:17 PM (in response to sithjedi33)

    sithjedi33 wrote:

     

    The bulk of my response wasn't even intended for you.

    No, just the implication that I don't understand English.....

  • sithjedi33 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 15, 2013 1:20 PM (in response to SET0TITAN)

    Not everyone reading these posts has your superior wisdom. Many people reading are asking themselves, what's the big deal? Why should I encrypt. Anything? Those are who my original post was intended for. Obviously not someone of your advanced knowledge. You keep referring to wasted time. I'm surprised you can find time to share your wisdom with us little people, lol. Enough about this. It's ridiculous.

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