Wipe Phone if "secret" pass is entered

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  1. BumGum macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone know of an app that can initiate the iPhone wipe feature by entering a "special" passcode at the passcode start screen? Kind of like a self destruct code. In my line of work I have access to very sensitive private information and I need this feature in case someone were to make me reveal my passcode. I understand there is a remote wipe feature. But I need immediate wipe on location. I can jailbreak my phone if I need to. There has to be something out there that can do this. Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. Shrink macrumors G3

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    I won't even ask what you "line of work" is, since it seems you are in danger of water boarding and bamboo splinters under the fingernails.

    Are you saying that whatever agency for which you work allows you to keep super sensitive materials on your phone. Especially with the possibility of being "...made to reveal my passcode..."?

    This all sounds very scary...I hope someone here can help you with an "L pill" for the phone.
     
  3. Han Solo 1 macrumors 6502

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    Ha ha. More like "in my line of work" = "in my extra-marital activities".
     
  4. duneriderltr450 macrumors 6502

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    Take said iPhone and smash on ground really hard. iPhone data now secure.
     
  5. lordofthereef macrumors G5

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    Just based on the way iOS is built, without a jailbreak this isn't even possible. In unaware of an app, even with jailbreak, but the take home point is that you'd need root access (or native option built in by apple) to do something like this.
     
  6. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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    Har. :D Bond was my first thought, too. Because you just know that online forums are a great security resource for the Double-Ohs.
     
  7. BumGum thread starter macrumors newbie

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    If you are really curious. I work in a correctional prison facility. We are allowed to access our emails via our phones in order to keep information flow going. My email access is on a encrypted network. However, there have been instances where gang related activities, on the "outside" have tried to obtain information about the whereabouts of their buddies on the "inside."

    With the millions of iphone users and the vase amount of programmers developing jailbreak apps I find it hard to believe there is not a self-destruct (wipe hardware) passcode. If anyone actually knows what they are talking about I would really appreciate your help !
     
  8. lelisa13p macrumors 68000

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  9. bohbot16 macrumors 6502a

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    The closest feature is to have your phone auto wipe if the wrong pass code is entered 10 times. This is in Settings->General->Passcode Lock.
     
  10. roxxette macrumors 68000

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    Well theres a tweak on cydia that can hide everything with a combination of gestures, example click both volume rockers at the same time and everything is "gone" :) sort of like a panic button.
     
  11. Defender2010 macrumors 68030

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    Just bring a dumb phone on your secret dangerous missions instead...OR, learn to withstand torture, truth serum or tickling.
     
  12. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Finding it hard to beleive doesn't mean it exists.

    In any case, if someone wants to access the information on your phone, and it's jailbroken, then they absolutely don't need you or your passcode to obtain the information within. A desktop computer and some FTP software is all they need.

    That's probably why you won't find the jailbreak app you're looking for.
     
  13. Han Solo 1 macrumors 6502

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    All anyone needs is your phone, a computer, and something like CyberDuck and then you're screwed.

    Why not just delete the emails after reading them, if you're afraid of getting kidnapped by a gang member outside the prison?
     
  14. itsmemuffins macrumors 68030

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    I was thinking more in the lines of this.
     

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  15. pachecorigo macrumors newbie

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    just change the root password with terminal, by default it's alpine
     
  16. sulpfiction macrumors 68030

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    Just close ur eyes and yell "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there".
     
  17. jayrflow macrumors 6502

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    Lmao good one
     
  18. BumGum thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for this Steve. This might work for me. Although a self destruct passcode would be nice.

    Its good to know at least one person on this MAC website is a legitimate fan of technology and not just a fanboy. I know if this was a android forum I would have been given more responses like yours. Thats kind of the difference between mac and pc fans, one is a fanboy and the other is actually interested in technology.
     
  19. Jtludwig macrumors 6502

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    This phone will self destruct in 10 seconds :).
     
  20. roxxette macrumors 68000

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  21. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    First off, you're in an iPhone forum, not a Mac forum.

    Second, if that is your attitude, then maybe you'd be better served by getting an Android device. You're certainly not going to get a lot of people willing to help you if you're going to insult them. After all, we've STILL not found that magic self-destruct app you originally wanted.
     
  22. charlituna, Apr 2, 2013
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    charlituna macrumors G3

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    Wouldn't work in this case because there's no way to get someone to do something like that and not be suspicious.

    Ideally what is needed is to not have the emails on the phone outside of work. Seems highly unlikely to me that you have any real need for them when you aren't on the clock and the risk is too high. Unfortunately the perfect solution is one that would have to be set up by the facility in the form of an app (not unlike how gmail has their phone apps) to access the email system but only while you are in the facility grounds and presumably set up on a secure wifi.
     
  23. scaredpoet, Apr 2, 2013
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    scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    This guy's also focusing way too much on the phone. If some mobster or gangster-type wanted the OP to divulge information about what's on his e-mail, the phone isn't the only place they can get that info. Most government e-mail systems are on MS Exchange or something similar, and archiving is often required, so a POP configuration is out of the question, right off the bat.

    What does that mean? That means that the phone is likely using EAS or IMAP, which means that even if you destroy the phone, the e-mail can still be retrieved at the source. All they need to do is sit the OP down in front of any desktop or laptop and "convince" him to give up his e-mail login and password. No phone required, and there's no "wipe" app on entering a secret password for Exchange.

    You can wipe the phone all day long, but it won't erase the e-mails on the server.

    On the other hand, if the OP's bosses at the Department of Corrections was worried about this sort of thing, they would probably implement a policy where an employee's e-mail account is disabled, or the password changed, if he goes missing for a certain amount of time. This would mean the OP couldn't log in, and neither could his phone. The e-mail wouldn't be accessible by the bad guys then.

    The DoC would probably also be in a better position to decide if the data on his phone was risky enough to warrant a wipe, which they could do remotely from the Exchange server. But chances are, they might want to opt instead to get a warrant and track the phone's location through GPS and alert the right people to mount a rescue. Something they wouldn't be able to do so easily, if the OP went all Panicky Pete and wiped his phone on his own.
     
  24. JAT macrumors 603

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    See, now we're all siding with the prisoners.
     

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