Apple & The FBI

Image courtesy of Apple

Image courtesy of Apple

There's a lot of talk recently about Apple and the FBI. If you're not familiar, the FBI is requesting that Apple build a special version of the operating system that runs on iPhones and iPads to allow them to hack into iPhones at will.

For the FBI, this would mean that any iPhones they have in their possession could be unlocked so that the contents could be read, bypassing the user-created passcode. For Apple, it means releasing a piece of software that could very easily land in the hands of hackers and terrorists for the sole purpose of stealing user data. Once a "backdoor" has been created, hackers have an enormous incentive to copy that backdoor and use it for themselves.

The fundamental question regarding this access is not whether one phone should be unlocked for the FBI. It's whether Americans have the right to privacy. Under current constitutional law, Americans have a reasonable expectation of privacy and the FBI believes otherwise. They are either woefully ignorant of the ramifications of what they are asking for or they truly believe that Americans do not deserve privacy, continuing the legacy of such policies as the Patriot Act and NSA mass surveillance.

Apple has released a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) regarding this case and what it means for regular users like yourself. Head on over to apple.com and read for yourself: http://www.apple.com/customer-letter/answers/

Joshua Wallace

JTec, Santa Cruz, CA

    Ever since my mother won a computer at a company raffle when I was 6, I’ve been hooked. Nothing excites me more than new technology and I’m always the first to dissect and figure it out. From building my own PCs from parts at the LA Computer Fair in Pomona to my first PowerBook when I was 15, I’ve always loved computers. 

     My first job tutoring was for community service during high school. I first assisted and then became a teacher at a beginners computer course for the elderly and those with English as a second language. There I taught the basics of computing (using a mouse, file systems, etc.) and went on to teach Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. I’ve managed a law firm’s computer network and integrated Macs into a predominantly PC environment. I’ve also held weekly classes for a retirement community focusing on doing more with their Macs. They learned things such as how to import and edit photos with iPhoto from a digital camera, how to set up Email, and much more. It was extremely fulfilling and I loved passing on my knowledge. 

     Now I work on-call and travel to client’s homes or businesses to “fix” their computers while teaching them how to fix it themselves in the future. I also will routinely take computers home to repair hardware issues such as broken screens or trackpads. I genuinely want you to learn how to make the most out of your technology and I always aim to make you self-sufficient.