Just how important is the password that unlocks your iPhone? Without the password, a locked iPhone is something of a nearly impenetrable digital fortress of solitude without the ice. The F.B.I. struggles to open up locked iPhones. Apple says they can’t do it (and won’t even try, apparently).
What happens if you give authorities the password to your iPhone and they claim it doesn’t work?
You go to jail.
That’s the case for Christopher Wheeler.
I swear, under oath, I’ve given them the password
The judge found Wheeler in contempt of court and sentenced him to 180-days in jail. The whole case is messy and sordid but points to just how valuable your iPhone’s password can be.
In a similar criminal case elsewhere in Florida a many who said he couldn’t remember his iPhone’s password was not held for contempt of court because it was a year ago, but both cases point out the growing trend toward authorities who compel iPhone owners to give up their passwords so the devices can be searched for incriminating evidence.
Don’t put incriminating evidence on an iPhone or any other smartphone; protected by a password or not.
That brings up another issue. Suppose you’re asked for your iPhone’s password by authorities, and you give it up. But it doesn’t work. That’s an issue. I have half a dozen friends who, under stress, could not remember their iPhone’s password. In all but one case the memory came back, but you can see the potential for a serious problem, right?
In the meantime, as such cases wind their way through various state and federal courtrooms, Apple, Google, and others are working to add more layers of security, including iris scans, voice recognition, facial recognition, voice keywords, and fingerprints (like iPhone’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor).
Combined, those security layers can make an iPhone more impenetrable than Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.
Falken and David direct the computer to play tic-tac-toe against itself. This results in a long string of draws, forcing the computer to learn the concept of futility and no-win scenarios. WOPR obtains the missile code, but before launching, it cycles through all the nuclear war scenarios it has devised, finding they, too, all result in stalemates. Having discovered the concept of Mutual assured destruction (“WINNER: NONE”), the computer tells Falken that it has concluded that nuclear war is “a strange game” in which “the only winning move is not to play.” WOPR relinquishes control of NORAD and the missiles and offers to play “a nice game of chess.”
The only way to prevent authorities from retrieving incriminating information from your iPhone is to not put it on the iPhone in the first place.