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During last night’s Republican debate on CNN, Marco Rubio said, “They [FBI] are not asking for Apple to create a backdoor to encryption.” On a very specific parsing of that statement, Rubio might be correct, but what the FBI is asking Apple to do is create code that would be equal to a backdoor, because it would allow the FBI (and anyone else who gets their hands on this code) the ability to try unlimited passcodes using high-speed computers. virtually guaranteeing access to the phone’s data. So sure, on a technicality Rubio might be correct, but make no mistake, Apple is being asked to create code that would make it possible to render the iPhone’s encryption meaningless.
When the FBI asked Apple to assist in hacking an iPhone on national security grounds, Apple refused. When a federal magistrate ordered Apple to work with the FBI to hack an iPhone, Apple again refused (well, not yet officially). Apple should challenge the court order, because they are on the correct side of civil liberties and privacy.
If you haven’t heard of Dropbox, it’s a cloud based file syncing service. You get 2GB of storage for free that you can use as you want. You simply install the Dropbox client on your computer and drop some files into the Dropbox folder, which by default is located under My Documents in Windows but you can specify a different location if you wish. In the background those files will sync up to your online Dropbox storage. It gets even better! Install the Dropbox client on multiple computers and now those same files will be in sync on all computers as well as your online Dropbox storage. Not only do you have easy and convenient access to your files from any computer (or mobile device like iPhone, Droid, etc.) but you also have multiple backup copies on each computer you installed the client on. Plus, if you make changes to files Dropbox has file versioning. Simple right-click a file and choose Dropbox | View Previous Versions. You will then be taken to your account via web browser where you can then select which version of the file you want restored. Want more space than the 2GB you get for free? You can add 250MB for each person you refer to Dropbox (assuming they sign up) for a maximum of 8GB. They offer pay options for more space as well. Dropbox isn’t likely going to be a total online (cloud) backup solution unless you don’t have a ton of data, but the sync convenience makes it easy to have universal access to your most commonly used files.