Apple’s iOS mobile platform, like its desktop-and-notebook
sibling Mac OS X, has garnered a reputation for strong security, sleek
design and user friendliness. However, as new holes in iOS's security
crop up at an increasing pace, this reputation may be exposed to
Paul Morris of tech site Redmond Pie jokingly dubbed February
“the month of the iOS security bugs,” referring to a glut of newly
discovered cracks and exploits. Several such exploits were discovered
and reported by Ade Barkah on his tech blog, Peekay, including a method of gaining access to contacts and photos — and even making outgoing FaceTime calls — on a locked iPhone with Voice Dial disabled.
Remarkably, iOS has not been the victim of the regular cyberattacks
suffered by Windows or rival mobile platform Google Android, even though
teams of benign hackers constantly work to subvert its security in
order to “jailbreak” iPhones and iPads.