Apple Mail EncryptionIf data security is an important concern for you, we urge you to pay attention to this important notice: all iPhone and iPod owners must avoid sending sensitive attachments through the default iOS mail app! According to security researcher Andreas Kurtz, Apple has failed to encrypt email attachments in the following versions of iOS 7:

  • iOS 7.1.1 (current version)
  • iOS 7.1
  • iOS 7.0.4

After discovering the security flaw, the researcher attempted to prove the issue on an iPhone 4 running iOS 7. He found that it was simple to uncover the device’s unencrypted email attachments. He also confirmed the issue on an iPad 2 and iPhone 5s.

This Failure to Encrypt Attachments Leaves YOUR Sensitive Data Vulnerable to Hackers and Cybercriminals!

Apple’s failure to encrypt attachments leaves your sensitive data accessible to anyone with the proper software and a bit of free time. And the most concerning aspect of this issue? Apple’s iOS 7 has been available for quite a long time! How many times have you or one of your staff members sent a sensitive attachment through the mail app?

In the past, Apple has been known to maintain secure software, however, this issue puts the company’s reputation in question. Think back to Apple’s web page outlining the security of its iOS software:

“Data protection enhances the built-in hardware encryption by protecting the hardware encryption keys with your passcode,” the page explains. “This provides an additional layer of protection for your email messages attachments, and third-party applications.”

Unfortunately, Apple’s software isn’t as secure as we thought. After the researcher and other security companies notified Apple, a spokeswoman stated, “we’re aware of the issue and we’re working on a fix which we will deliver in a future software update.”

Can’t Afford a Security Breach? Don’t Put Your Sensitive Data at Risk – Use Third-Party Email Apps!

Until the software update is available, do not use Apple’s default mail application! If you’re sending sensitive attachments, use third-party email apps, such as Mailbox, or apps created by your email provider, such as Yahoo or Gmail.

To learn more about the security flaw in iOS 7, give us a call or send us an email. We can help you stay up to date on the latest data security threats.

Ernie Sherman

I have a strong passion for helping Ottawa Businesses, Entrepreneurs and professionals to become more productive and successful while allowing them to feel at ease and secure when it comes to their Information Technology needs. As the President of Fuelled Networks since 1998, I specialize in providing no-nonsense flawless and prompt technical support to Ottawa businesses, with in-depth consulting on Fortinet, Microsoft, Microsoft Cloud Stack and security. I strive to help businesses to succeed and take great pride in building long-lasting positive relationships and taking on a strong leadership role within the Ottawa community.

Published On: 9th May 2014 by Ernie Sherman.