Amazing discovery has been made by some security researchers about the stealthy habits of the Apple’s iPhone. It has been discovered that starting from iOS 4.0 iPhone records and stores the user location data in a database file. Furthermore, this file also gets synced with your computer via the iTunes. Note that every iPhone user is vulnerable to this even if the GPS is tuned off as the method that is used to track the location of the user is based on the cell tower location!! This is something that took many people with quite a shock as Apple never mentioned any such feature (read backdoor) in their device before. It is also unclear that why Apple will do such as a thing. Some are speculating this might be related to some upcoming feature in the iOS 5.0 based on the user location. While others say that this backdoor to track each iPhone user is put there based on the Government and law enforcement agencies request. Recorded data is actually frighteningly detailed and anyone with the physical access to the db file can process this file & see each and every place you have been in the past!
One researcher had following to say:
Apple has made it possible for almost anybody – a jealous spouse, a private detective – with access to your phone or computer to get detailed information about where you’ve been
Now thanks to a free Cydia jailbreak application called Untrackerd you can eliminate such a big threat to your privacy. This application actually continuously clean up location’s history data in the background. Application is currently available from the BigBoss repo.
Continuously clean up location’s history data in the background.
This package installs a daemon (process that can run in the background) to clean the consolidated.db file
Please note that to use this application you must have a jailbroken iPhone. For that you can follow the suitable guides that we have published earlier:
- Untethered Jailbreak iOS 4.3.2 in Windows & Preserve Baseband For iPhone 4, 3GS, iPod touch and iPad Using Sn0wbreeze 2.6 – [Guide]
- Untethered Jailbreak iOS 4.3.2 on iPhone 4, 3GS, iPod Touch 3G/4G and iPad Using Redsn0w 0.96 RC13 on Windows & Mac! [Guide]
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