When a group calling themselves “The Turkish Crime Family” threatens to wipe hundreds of millions of Apple devices unless they’re paid a bizarrely small amount of money by April 7th, 2017, what do you do? If you’re Apple, you give the offenders a corporate-speak version of the middle finger: we do “not reward cyber criminals for breaking the law.”
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One of the most significant stories of the week is a claim by a hacking group that they have several hundred million Apple account credentials and will use them to remotely wipe devices on April 9th if Apple doesn’t pay up. While it seems unlikely, there are simple precautions you can take which you should already be doing – use a unique strong password on your Apple account (one you don’t use anywhere else) and turn on 2 factor authentication. I’ll write up more about this soon. For now, you can read the original coverage at Motherboard and a follow-up at ZDNET.
The release of iOS 10 didn’t exactly go smoothly.
Many iOS users found their devices bricked – after installing the update they were stuck asking to be connected to iTunes. iTunes would only replace the OS, wiping out all data on the device – and even that wouldn’t succeed.
If you only use an iPhone for phone calls and don’t use a lot of apps or media with it then you can probably skip this and throw caution to the wind. Otherwise it helps to be aware of best update practices and what they can and can’t protect you from.
I headed over to Best Buy first thing Friday morning… they opened at 8AM and handled the iPad Air rollout very nicely. It was raining hard… they gave reservations for particular units to people who were there early and didn’t make anyone stand in the rain. (They also handled the iPhone 5 very nicely, even making appointments for people to come in to activate their new phones – not as streamlined as pickup at Apple but still pretty civilized).