Apple Explores Auto-Adjusting Security and Other Settings Based on Device Location

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    Apple has applied for a patent that describes a method of adjusting security and other settings for mobile devices based on the location of the device (via AppleInsider). The location data gathered by the system also includes contextual information that helps to identify the phone's position as a familiar or unfamiliar place.

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    The system described in the patent titled "Location-sensitive security levels and setting profiles based on detected location" uses at least two pieces of data such as a saved Wi-Fi network or an identifiable cellular tower to determine the location of the device. Once identified, the software can change security options to match the environment, enabling Touch ID and disabling the simple passcode entry when a user is away from home, for example.
    Besides security settings, the system may also adjust the user interface, automatically modifying the home screen apps based on location. For example, the method could display Mail and other productivity apps at work and entertainment apps and games at home.

    This location-based security patent application was filed in December 2012 and published July 3, 2014. If implemented, it would provide iOS device owners with another level of protection beyond what Apple' offers with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner. Touch ID was introduced last year with the iPhone 5s and is expected to expand to the iPad later this year. Apple also opened up an API for Touch ID in iOS 8 that will allow developers to use the fingerprint scanner for user authentication.

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    It's a good idea but I hope it's an option. I wouldn't want visitors to be able to "bypass" security just because the device happens to be home.
     
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    Surely this can't be granted? I had this on my Nokia N8 back in 2010 or 2011.
     
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    The method at which this is achieved may be different.
     
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    Soooo, now people will be getting mugged right outside their homes? That's nice.
     
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    Wonder about the possible uses of this. We shall see.
     
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    This is great news. One of my favourite Jailbreak tweaks is CleverPin which knows when I am on my home wifi network and disables the passcode.
     
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    Yes please!

    So many Use Cases that would benefit greatly from this, a couple of mine:

    Turning on/off the passcode/security based on home vs. everywhere else. I really dislike having any of our devices out and about without a passcode, but around the homestead is a bit inconvenient (I suppose this will be a bit simpler when we get TouchID enabled devices...)

    DND dynamic based on some simple geo-location info, i.e., “when I’m at this location, go to DND”. (Heck, I’d like it if they simple added days of the week to DND, I think most people’s schedules change day to day, and certainly from Mon-Fri vs. the weekend)

    I’ve used Tasker on Android to do some more exotic, rules based setting controls, but iOS doesn’t need something that complex, just on/off based on geo which could be a catalog of “user locations”, looked up via Maps or simply where the user is at the moment.

    :cool:
     
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    I don't know if I want my phone automatically unlocked when I get home. Location services aren't all that accurate. What happens if I lose it at the end of the block and it thinks I am home?
     
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    You can't patent ideas, only implementation of said idea.
     
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    Potentially relaxing security on the device once you are home (though make sure you delete girlfriend 2 texts so that girlfriend 1 doesn't find them :cool: )
     
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    Nokia did it using Wifi, cellular positioning and GPS. Or any combination of those. And you could set it based on date/time as well.

    I really don't see how this is any different? Not that I really care that much, either.
     
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    thankfully the Jailbreak Community has already been taking care of this annoyance :D
     
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    Is this really worth a patent?

    Can't they just spend a week or two implimenting it, and close their ticket? Patenting stuff is evidently a waste of money.
     
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    How will Samsung know that its important enough to steal if they don't patent it?
     
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    I'd love for iBeacons to somehow be integrated into DND. IE, movie theaters can set up iBeacons which have iOS devices pop an alert suggesting they put their iOS devices into DND.
     
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    This is a jailbreak feature I loved. Personally I had no need to have my passcode on when I was at home.
     
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    Mmm... iBacon...

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    So if I find or steal a passcode locked phone, I can spoof a celltower and wifi network near the area where the owner lives and it will think it's home and remove the protection? Or if I steal it from an owner's house (or from the owner directly nearby his house) I can get into the phone without a passcode?

    Seems like a pointless and bad idea. Rather than changing security settings, they should focus on making security more user friendly so it can be on all the time without being a hindrance. TouchID is a good start.
     
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    It's funny you mention Tasker. A couple of guys at work swear by it, but they are in the IT dept. One guy claims to have over 60 different rules set on his phone (exaggeration? IDK). Ideally I want more granular control but not looking for geek level complexity. What's your experience with it?
     
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    Tasker is the biggest reason for me still owning an android.
     
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    Nice. Yeah, I’d image that “push” style location could be implemented with a few basic response types too: 1) Dismiss (it will display again, you can choose a manual course of action), 2) Ignore (sets for no future alert, can be reverse like app right to photos, etc.), 3) Comply (allow the iBeacon to do the one thing it requested, each time you’re in range)

    One of my startups has been exploring iBeacons as a tech to enhance the experience, neat stuff! :cool:

    Hahaha, thanks for that. :D

    I’d say it’s very straight forward, though I’ve been a developer for 20+ years, so my perspective is a little skewed. If you’ve ever done any scripting like AppleScript, or even macros in Word or Excel, I suspect you’d easily be able to get a handle on basic tasks, and likely even more complex tasks.

    This is a great resource:

    http://tasker.wikidot.com/profile-index


    ... and as you’ll see from that script/task listing, about everything you might ever want to do has probably already been written, so then it’s just a matter of “plugging in the code” so to speak :)
     
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    This is the feature build into Android L. If you have Android wear or similar devices near your Android phone, your Android phone will go straight into home screen. Samsung does need steal from Apple, it is build into Android and it will be available in Samsung. Apple is behind from Google again... not surprising, Apple is good at stealing ideas from other then claim it as its own.
     

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