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Apple steps up on security

Although there have been few new threats in the iOS security landscape, Apple hasn't been ignoring them.

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Apple steps up on security

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Although there have been few new threats in the iOS security landscape, Apple hasn't been ignoring them. Instead, the company has been making incremental changes that indicate an overall shift to better Mac and mobile device security, according to a recent Dark Reading article.

The article points out two changes that indicate the company could be heightening its focus on security for its products. These include the update to the Safari browser, which now disables unpatched Adobe Flash plugins, and automatic security updates in Mac OS X. An Information Week article also highlighted several recent security improvements for Macs, some of which borrow functionality from the iPhone. While these articles highlight improvements to OS X, they also show Apple's dedication to security for its users.

Apple's improved iPhone security

The company hasn't been ignoring mobile device security, either.

Apple recently released an iOS security guide, which highlighted several useful features for individual users and enterprise IT managers. A CNET article highlighted the publication as important because it showed Apple's commitment to both enterprise users as well as consumers. Along with the changes to user privacy settings coming with iOS 6, Apple is ensuring sensitive user data is secure on its devices.

Apple does mobile device security well

Dennis Fisher, editor-in-chief of Kaspersky's Threatpost, recently wrote a blog post looking at the legacy of iPhone security. The post features code-signing as the major factor in making the iPhone a highly secure mobile device. On non-jailbroken devices, users may only download approved applications from the app store, giving Apple full control over the software that users download on the company's products.

"The differentiator is definitely mandatory code signing. This helps make both ways malicious code get onto devices more difficult," said Charlie Miller, principal research consultant for Accuvant, who was quoted in the post. "First, it makes malware harder to download, because instead of being able to download any app from anywhere, apps can only be downloaded from the app store. Apps from the app store must be approved by Apple which has the opportunity to spot malware and prevent it from showing up in the store, although its not clear how they actually do this."

The blog post concludes the iPhone has been proven to be the most attack-resistant mobile platform developed.

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