A lot of noise has been given to the tracking of the iPhone. One good thing came out of it. LE researchers have been able to keep it quiet for over a year. My research into My book “iOS Forensic Analysis” covered not only consolidated.db but how to visualize the data with just using Google Maps and Google Earth. Crude, but it worked. This research I put into the development of Katana Forensic’s Lantern v2.0.
So now that it is out, how does one protect themselves,
1. Use a numerical or strong password on your phone.
2. Encrypt your Backup within itunes,
3. Get a free iTunes account to remotely lock and wipe your device,
“Locate your iPhone on a map.
People misplace things all the time. Fortunately, if you lose your iPhone, Find My iPhone can help. It’s a feature that’s part of MobileMe, but now it’s also free on every iPhone 4 with iOS 4.2 or later.* Enable Find My iPhone in Settings. Then if you misplace your iPhone, you can sign in to me.com from any computer web browser or using the Find My iPhone app on another iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to display its approximate location on a map.”
4. Use File Vault to Encrypt your user volume, this would protect all your data not just the iTunes Backup.
5. In the upcoming operating system, Lion will allow for full disk encryption.
6. Don’t jailbreak your device.
The best security is to keep the iPhone’s original operating system intact. There have been know issues that have come from users that have broken the device and have been attacked by Hackers.
If one utilizes the measures that Apple provides to protect the public, it seems hard that they would “Spy” on them. They don’t and this was asked and answered a year ago. This is what happens when “Researchers” take an issue too far without looking at the facts at hand. We like how our new smartphones work. We also realize that we are giving up something in order to acquire these new technologies that we look and say, “WOW”.
So we can take the time to protect ourselves, or go back to the dumb phones that only placed calls. That is the reality of our society. I like my iPhone and do use a passcode, encrypt my backups, and have a Mobile Me account. Most people don’t know about this but hope this helps in getting you protected.