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May 28, 2009

New free security for iPhone users

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by Alan Harten

The iPhone reached a new level of security today, as the non-profit Centre for Internet Security announced the release of a product that is free to all users at the CIS website, to help reduce the risk of the loss of sensitive data stored on the device.

The security benchmark is available to users who have an iPhone that uses OS version 2.2.1 and the Configuration Utility version 1.1.043.

The PDF file guides those with an iPhone on how to set over twenty of their iPhone settings on various programs including Safari settings and configuration utility settings.

Additionally the CIS recommendations include general security tips such as keep your phone in Airplane mode while in crowded places.

Not only will following the recommendations reduce the chances of remote entry, but will ensure passwords are used that are stronger and that data is properly erased.

There are also benchmark recommendations on the CIS website for configuring printers, copiers, fax machines, and scanners that may be used in conjunction with an iPhone.

iPhone has become a rising concern for security breaches as major corporations such as Kraft Foods and Oracle provide the high tech technology to all their workers.

Additionally, since work emails are often accessed on the iPhone any sensitive material received can be potentially hijacked and used for malicious purposes.

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