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Apple clarifies iPhone 3.1 anti-phishing protection

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Tue September 15, 2009

Feature requires specific set of actions

Apple has issued a clarification regarding the iPhone 3.1 firmware's anti-phishing capabilities. Released September 9th, the update includes a promised ability to detect phishing and malware sites while using Safari. Early accounts have shown inconsistent performance however, with some phones recognizing hazards, and others missing them completely. The behavior may create the impression that the feature is broken.

Apple instead explains that specific actions are necessary to allow updates to the Safari security database. Users must launch Safari and connect to a Wi-Fi network while charging a phone, and then allow the device to charge with the screen off. An Apple spokesman states that for most users, the process should be automatic.

The need for opening Safari under unusual conditions stems from the company's desire to protect battery life, and avoid imposing carrier data charges. Many users may however be charging phones without a Wi-Fi connection, or have no reason to launch Safari if not traveling. These variables, combined with a lack of guidance, are believed to be responsible for current inconsistencies.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    bah!

    They should have just left it off. Anti-phishing technologies just causes more problems (because people think they're 'protected'). And it's a technology for those too stupid to realize scams in emails and such.

  1. pairof9s

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ummm....

    "Early accounts have shown inconsistent performance however, with some phones recognizing hazards, and others missing them completely. The behavior may create the impression that the feature is broken."

    Yep, that would be my definition of broken.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Carrier data charges?

    I'm all ready paying 30 a month plus tax for unlimited data. I think they want a stable high speed connection, nothing to do with data fees, of which there is one and only one ever every month.

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