Security features on our devices like the iPhone and tablets are there for good reason. To protect your data and content from unwanted eyes. The eyes say of a three-year-old child. But if that kid is really determined to get some device time the consequences are serious and very funny.
A content-craving three-year-old in Washington tried to unlock their parents iPad so many times its been locked up for about 48 years. This is the reality of Evan Osnos, a staff writer at the New Yorker.
Uh, this looks fake but, alas, it’s our iPad today after 3-year-old tried (repeatedly) to unlock. Ideas? pic.twitter.com/5i7ZBxx9rW— Evan Osnos (@eosnos) April 6, 2019
iPad will open just in time for retirement
It seems his three-year-old really had a craving for some YouTube but finding the family iPad locked just kept trying his luck on the passcode until his efforts were discovered. Osnos tweeted an image of the Ipads’ screen that says its users have been locked out for 25,536,442 hours.
Making the Ipad available again sometime in 2067. Osnos tweet got lots of helpful and unhelpful comments ranging from putting it into restore mode to dunk it in a bag of rice. The writer and father updated his eager audience on the progress of the situation via Twitter eventually explaining that he managed to get it into DFU (Device Firmware Update) mode and is in the process of restoring the tablet.
Update on toddler-iPad-lock-out: Got it into DFU mode (don’t hold down the sleep/power button too long or you end up in recovery). Now restoring. Thanks to those who shared advice!— Evan Osnos (@eosnos) April 9, 2019
Apple famous for tight security
We can only assume there will be a change in the way devices are handled in that household from now on. Apple products have notoriously tight security. The tightness of its four-digit passcodes was highlighted back in 2015 in the aftermath of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.
The FBI had possession of the suspect's phone but was unable to access the device due to its PIN code. The bureau reached out to Apple requesting they write special software to get around the encryption. Apple, however, refused to do so and took the car public where it remained a massive conversation point for weeks.
FBI gets the third party involved
The FBI insisted the phone company take some responsibility for a sense of justice, while Apple argued back that cracking open one phone would lead to a cavalcade of requests from other countries, like China or Russia. Eventually, the FBI paid an unknown third party to hack the phone.
Security on our devices has once again been in the news with the revelation that a home hacker managed to unlock Samsung's latest smartphone handset using a 3d printed fingerprint. The whole hack used simple widely available software and tools. While hacking a phone might not seem such a big deal, access to banking and their personal apps on the phone might have more severe consequences.
The Apple iPhone X supposedly unhackable face recognition software was also reportedly hacked using a $150 mask by a security firm in Vietnam.
Just how secure passcodes for biometric security measure are is an ongoing debate. What do you think? Should there be more or less security available to devise users and who is ultimately responsible for their master keys?