iPhone off limits for Obama
It has emerged that President Obama is not able to use an iPhone for ‘security reasons’.
President Obama currently uses a BlackBerry smartphone for official communications. He is the first President of the United States to frequently use email to keep in contact with others.
Speaking during a meeting of young people on Wednesday, Obama was asked why he doesn’t swap his BlackBerry for an iPhone.
“I’m not allowed for security reasons to have an iPhone,” he is reported to have said. The President did confirm however that both of his daughters have iPhones, reports Security Week.
He was speaking to the group about the country’s health care reform.
The President has developed a reputation for being tech-savvy, earning himself the nickname ‘emailer-in-chief’.
His predecessor George W. Bush stopped using email to communicate in 2001, while Bill Clinton is said to have only sent two emails during his entire Presidency.
President Obama’s battle to keep his BlackBerry smartphone after being elected has been well reported on.
At the time, he told CNBC that he was “still clinging to [his] BlackBerry” and that the secret service would have to “pry it out of my hands” before he would stop using it.
However, with BlackBerry’s future in doubt, some have questioned which company is likely to take over the mantle of most secure smartphone.
Apple’s smartphone is seen by many as the natural successor to BlackBerry’s crown.
Along with the iPad, the iPhone is one of the most secure devices ever created. In its six year history, not one virus or piece of malware has successfully been spread on either device.
Android on the other hand has become the butt of jokes when it comes to security. Recent estimates put the number of new pieces of malware targeting the platform every month at five figures.
Both platforms, along with Windows Phone 8 are authorised to be used by US federal agencies.
However, the iPhone doesn’t appear to be as secure as the secret service would like. It has been suggested that this is what is stopping the President from replacing his BlackBerry any time soon.
Some commentators and analysts have suggested that the NSA’s success in cracking the smartphone may have some to do with it.
According to a report by Der Spielgel in the wake of the Angela Merkel hacking row, Apple’s iPhone is a favourite among NSA agents.
It is said that the agency has scripts that allow it to spy on 38 different features of the iPhone operating system, including the microphone, cameras and its GPS location chip.