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iPhone Password Setting Not Secure – iPhone Data Theft
Wednesday, August 27, 2008


The iPhone has seen its first serious security lapse. The password screen when set only provides a false sense of security as it appears to be easily circumvented by simply clicking “emergency calls” and then pressing the home button twice. The security hole is through the favorites screen which then provides access to contacts, emails ,voicemail, safari and more. This will be fixed in short order I am sure, however it does raise some questions regarding data theft and mobile phones.

The iPhone is not alone in being able to work around passwords, pretty much every model of handset’s password can be cracked, when you have physical access to the device it is only a matter of time and effort before the device can be accessed. Although the iPhone security breach is a simple bit of keystrokes, there are password crackers for mobile phones just like laptops.

A password on your phone is not enough to protect your mobile phone and data if your phone is stolen, this is as true for the iPhone as a Blackberry, Treo, or other mobile phone.

Source: ZDNet

GadgetTrak iPhone Anti-Theft Software Ready
Friday, August 22, 2008


It has been quite a busy few months as we ready several new theft recovery solutions for launch. One of these solutions is an anti-theft solution for the iPhone. We had the advantage of be selected early on for the SDK beta and were very impresses with the APIs that were provided to developers. There of course are some things that I would like to see added, but I think Apple will open things up more and provide more tools for developers.

GadgetTrak for the iPhone leverages the location aware nature of the iPhone to provide precise location information as well as other useful information that will help identify where a stolen phone is and who has it. The software will show on a map where the device is on a map, as well as the closest street address if available. We also gather network information and other details regarding each connection. The application will be available in Apple’s App store soon.

GadgetTrak Founder Presenting To Mobile Portland: Mobile Security
Thursday, August 21, 2008



GadgetTrak Founder & CTO Ken Westin will be presenting Monday August 25th to the Mobile Portland Group:

Today mobile devices know where we are, who we talk to, how much money we have in the bank and has access to corporate data, personal photos and other sensitive information.

Data and identity theft due to mobile phone theft and vulnerabilities are rising concerns. However, with both businesses and developers mobile security usually takes a back seat to features, convenience and time-to-market.

Ken Westin, the Founder and CTO of GadgetTrak, will lead a spirited discussion touching on mobile security and privacy.

About Ken

Ken is a creative technologist with 10-years experience in computer security, development, programming, design and marketing. He has developed and managed cutting edge applications and websites for companies including Tektronix, iovation, Centennial Software and both developer and instructor at Pacific University. As founder of GadgetTrak he developed GadgetTrak’s original patent-pending solution for removable media theft recovery and leads product management and technology innovation.

Ken holds a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College, an M.S. in Internet Systems Development from the University of Portsmouth and has various certifications.

Meeting Details

Mobile Insecurity
Monday, August 25th, 6 pm
AboutUs offices
107 SE Washington St., Suite 520
Portland, Oregon 97214
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