iCloud Drive App Question - Security

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by puma1552, Sep 22, 2015.

  1. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    So I like the new iCloud Drive app, as it's much easier and quicker to update docs than when having to pull them from iCloud in individual apps (think about how slow it is for Numbers to grab an Excel spreadsheet from iCloud). So I like the app, much cleaner and simpler and easier to use.

    However, is there any way to require touch ID/passcode to launch the app? My concern here is that I only really use iCloud Drive to access a spreadsheet on the go with all of my various account information/passwords for bills, banking, etc. If I had my phone out and I was using it, and someone came by and ripped it out of my hand while unlocked, they could theoretically go into iCloud Drive and get my account spreadsheet and have a free for all. As such, I think that even if the phone is unlocked, to actually access the iCloud Drive app (or anything in iCloud via the individual apps) there should be an additional authentication required.

    Is there a way to do this? I don't see anything in settings, and right now it looks like anyone could get my spreadsheet through the iCloud Drive app, or directly via the Numbers app if they stole my phone while it was unlocked.
     
  2. lagwagon Suspended

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    No way to do what you ask. I'd say odds are pretty slim the phone would get stolen while on directly from your hands though. But you could just set a low sleep setting for the screen so that it would probably lock long before any thief would be able to access anything (so it locks shortly while he is busy trying to run away from you)
     
  3. Rigby macrumors 601

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    If your device gets stolen while it is unlocked, a fingerprint check or passcode would be pretty useless. The thief can simply keep it awake and then pair it to a computer running iTunes. Then it is trivial to extract the file using commonly available utilities.

    Personally, I would never store passwords (much less banking passwords) unencrypted on some public cloud service anyway. Consider using a password safe such as 1Password or Mini-Keepass.
     
  4. puma1552 thread starter macrumors 601

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    thanks, like you said the chances are pretty slim, but still seems like an odd omission on Apple's part to require additional authentication to access iCloud Drive, since it's effectively an entire other load of your stuff, just kept elsewhere.
     
  5. PNutts macrumors 601

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    Not trivial.
     
  6. Rigby macrumors 601

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    Really? Make iTunes backup, open iTunes backup in iExplorer, done.

    Or even easier, right on the device: Simply circumvent the iCloud Drive app by installing Documents 5 (or other iCloud Drive-enabled app) and accessing the file through its iCloud Drive document picker.
     

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