I Don’t Want To Hear It
Apple, right from the beginning, has preached security. Their products, they told us, were the most secure in the world.
Aside from the fact that their products are really beautiful (big ups to Jony Ive), most people use them based on Apple’s claims of security.
These people (I’m not among, though I’ll love to have an iPhone 6S) have indeed testified that Apple’s products are really truly secure.
However, the San Bernardino case has given Apple’s claims a twist and some users have had their ‘eyes opened’ and their trust somewhat dented.
In my opinion, I thought Apple should have 'jejely' given the FBI access to the said iPhone because it was a case of national security. But they claim it's against their policy, and the FBI looked elsewhere for help.
In the end, the iPhone was hacked and accessed (we heard the FBI coughed out about US$1.3 million to get the job done).
BlackBerry Limited (formerly RIM) also preached security, amongst other things. They told us their smartphones were the most secure in the world.
A lot of people bought into this 'our phones cannot be hacked’ thing and RIM (at the time) smiled to the bank, selling millions of its smartphones across the world.
Last month, reports surfaced online that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) had a global encryption key for BlackBerry devices.
According to one report, the RCMP has had this key since 2010. Isn't that astonishing??
Even more astonishing is the fact that the report showed the law enforcement intercepted and decrypted roughly one million PIN-to-PIN BlackBerry messages in connection with a certain probe.
There are questions about how the agency got the key - some say it was RIM that handed it over - but that's not why we're here.
Why we’re here is that a BlackBerry smartphone, with all it’s security, had been accessed by the agency and for that long!
Just a few weeks ago, Jan & Brian told the whole world that WhatsApp is now very very secure.
They went further to say a technological development that makes the app a leader in protecting users’ private communication had been completed.
With this much security, they assured everyone that no one could see their private messages. Not cybercriminals. Not hackers. Not oppressive regimes. Not even them!
However, John McAfee (remember that antivirus?) successfully hacked and read an encrypted WhatsApp message, according to a report.
How did he do it? I'm not into cybersecurity stuffs but the report stated that he installed a tiny piece of app he developed with his team - four other hackers - onto two new Android phones. The rest is history!
Having said all this, would you really believe that there’s a system out there on this terrestrial ball that is really secure? Really safe from attacks? Really perfect?
One thing I’m sure of is that nothing is perfect - No system is. No person is.
These companies know this. Yet they go on to tell us that they’ve developed the most secure products or services in the world.
Is it just about marketing? Or the case of telling the consumers what they want to hear? I wouldn’t know. But we believe them hook, line and sinker!
You might say they spend billions of dollars to develop the best security solutions for their products or services.
Yes that’s true and I give them kudos for that. But the truth is they’ve all been selling us lies. They know no system is absolutely secure!
Now this is not to say they're not meeting our needs and helping us live better lives but I'm sure you get my point, right??
So this is to the three aforementioned companies, and every other company out there building a product or service, don’t tell me you have the most secure product or service in the world.