New York Police Department asking users to upgrade to iOS7

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    Sep 22, 2013 2:25 AM GMT
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    So this is actually happening lol. I guess iPhone theft is pretty bad in NY. Well at least with iOS 7 users have a way to turn their iPhones completely useless(through the find my iphone app). Basically this remote lock will disable your iPhone in a way that you will only be able to re-activate it with your Apple ID. Not even DFU mode can get around this. It is the most effective attempt so far by a manufacturer to avoid smartphone theft. So ya, upgrade to iOS7 if you want to have this cool feature available.

    The NYPD Really, Really Wants You to Upgrade to iOS 7
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    Sep 22, 2013 2:43 AM GMT
    Looks fake.
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    Sep 22, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    xrichx saidLooks fake.


    Doesnt seem like it is :

    Police in New York Really Want You to Download iOS 7

    The NYPD Really, Really Wants You to Upgrade to iOS 7

    Secure Our Smartphones Coalition Statement On Release Of Apple's iOS 7

    NYPD Has A Dedicated iTheft Division

    and just in case that didnt convice you:

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    Sep 22, 2013 2:56 AM GMT
    xrichx saidLooks fake.

    Five exclamation points?

    Wait, make that "Five exclamation points?????"
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    Sep 22, 2013 3:03 AM GMT
    This is so puke worthy. Obviously a friend/relative/acquaintance of a politician was a victim of "Apple picking". icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 22, 2013 3:13 AM GMT
    xrichx saidThis is so puke worthy. Obviously a friend/relative/acquaintance of a politician was a victim of "Apple picking". icon_rolleyes.gif



    Actually iphone theft has been a major problem for the NYPD for quite some time:

    Feb 22 2013 : NYPD spokesman Paul Browne It should come as no surprise that iPhones and iPads are prime targets for theft, but it's gotten really bad in New York City. It's so bad that, according to the New York Post, the NYPD is setting up a unit specifically to handle iDevice theft and work with Apple to track down the thieves.



    Apple products can be quite expensive to re-sell specially during launch when they are completely sold out. iPhones and iPads have the highest resale value of the smartphone and tablet market which overall makes them the main target of mobile thefts. It is a global problem that not only involves Apple but also other high end devices from Samsung, HTC and Motorola. Hopefully Google will implement something similar for their Android platform.
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    Sep 22, 2013 3:20 AM GMT
    Well, my point is property crime seems like a low priority issue compared to other crimes. Unless of course NYC is totally crime free and Apple picking is the only thing going on.
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    Sep 22, 2013 3:26 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWell, my point is property crime seems like a low priority issue compared to other crimes. Unless of course NYC is totally crime free and Apple picking is the only thing going on.


    I believe smartphone/tablet theft is one of the most reported crimes the NYPD has to deal with. Everytime an iPhone or iPad gets stolen, a shit lot of paper work needs to get done and the Police has to devote resources to this process especially when the thief is found and reported. By mitigating the problem the NYPD can actually focus on more important matters. I dont think you realize how problematic smartphone theft has become worldwide. Just do some Googling.
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    Sep 22, 2013 4:41 AM GMT
    NYPD might want you to upgrade because of the location tracking that is inherent in iOS 7. I'm not overly worried about online privacy, but after reading this article, I followed its advice to disable my phone from tracking my every move:

    http://www.zdnet.com/four-privacy-settings-you-should-enable-in-ios-7-immediately-7000020902/
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    Sep 22, 2013 4:46 AM GMT
    erik911sd saidNYPD might want you to upgrade because of the location tracking that is inherent in iOS 7. I'm not overly worried about online privacy, but after reading this article, I followed its advice to disable my phone from tracking my every move:

    http://www.zdnet.com/four-privacy-settings-you-should-enable-in-ios-7-immediately-7000020902/
    Well, I'm not sure if there's any point to that. Your cell phone company is logging your location. Specifically, they track which towers your phone uses as you move around. So whether you have a smartphone or feature phone, you're being tracked.

    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/08/how-cell-tower-dumps-caught-the-high-country-bandits-and-why-it-matters/
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    Sep 22, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    erik911sd saidNYPD might want you to upgrade because of the location tracking that is inherent in iOS 7. I'm not overly worried about online privacy, but after reading this article, I followed its advice to disable my phone from tracking my every move:

    http://www.zdnet.com/four-privacy-settings-you-should-enable-in-ios-7-immediately-7000020902/



    Location tracking has been part of iOS 5 and 6 for a while but there was not an option to disable it. It is also part of Android and anything that uses Google Maps. I believe most GPSs also store these data in their servers. Telecoms also have access to the location of your cellphone at any given point. So really...dont waste your time. I personally dont have anything to worry about because Im not a criminal on the run.
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    Sep 22, 2013 5:32 AM GMT
    I realize that cell phone providers are tracking hits on their towers, but the settings in that article turn off tracking on the device itself, which also backs up to a laptop. I was explaining to my friend tonight that his wife could look at his activity tracking on his iphone and see everywhere he pinged...he's loyal to his wife, but understood the meaning of that.
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    Sep 22, 2013 5:51 AM GMT
    erik911sd saidI realize that cell phone providers are tracking hits on their towers, but the settings in that article turn off tracking on the device itself, which also backs up to a laptop. I was explaining to my friend tonight that his wife could look at his activity tracking on his iphone and see everywhere he pinged...he's loyal to his wife, but understood the meaning of that.


    If he is afraid of his wife going through his phone and knowing the places where he has been, then disabling the location tracking option is a bit extremist. I mean if his wife knows about this feature she will expect it to be there. If anything this will make his wife wonder-what does he have to hide that he had to disable the tracking history? The best option in his case is to clear the location record for the specific places he does not want to appear on the history that way if his wife asks or goes through his phone, he can show her that he has "nothing" to hide.
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    Sep 22, 2013 6:36 AM GMT
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    Sep 22, 2013 11:22 AM GMT
    You can't trust them. If you have insurance use for Iphone or Samsung, you get the new ones. I pay insurance for it
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    Sep 22, 2013 1:59 PM GMT
    Not sure if real or not but the term for theft is apple picking and it is quite common. One of my CT friends had his phone swiped last week while he was walking down the street browsing Grindr. This wasn't the ghetto it was right along restaurant row in the 50s of NYC.

    NYC has plenty of drop boxes where you can drop in an electronic device and get cash. Apple products like an iPhone or iPad provide the most cash. Some machines require a license to use. Some don't. Plenty of shady pawn shops will take the devices no questions asked.
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    Sep 22, 2013 2:06 PM GMT
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    xrichx saidWell, my point is property crime seems like a low priority issue compared to other crimes. Unless of course NYC is totally crime free and Apple picking is the only thing going on.


    I believe smartphone/tablet theft is one of the most reported crimes the NYPD has to deal with. Everytime an iPhone or iPad gets stolen, a shit lot of paper work needs to get done and the Police has to devote resources to this process especially when the thief is found and reported. By mitigating the problem the NYPD can actually focus on more important matters. I dont think you realize how problematic smartphone theft has become worldwide. Just do some Googling.

    Exactly. Good on the NYPD for attempting to help citizens help themselves.
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    Sep 22, 2013 2:09 PM GMT
    Turin saidYou can't trust them. If you have insurance use for Iphone or Samsung, you get the new ones. I pay insurance for it


    What the hell does that mean? Enlighten me on why they would be so invested in you? See i never followed this logic before. It's like...who the hell are you? (note this is in general and not directed at this user). You're not that important and i doubt that the NYPD would give a rats ass about you haha. Its true, in NYC there's a huge problem with theft, particularly on the trains. New Yorkers tend to have their electronic devices stolen all the time on the train because they're idiots. They'll be holding it while seated and someone will time it just right so that when the doors open, they run by, steal the phone and leave before you can even act. This would help you get your phone back. I don't get how people can be so ignorant and think that the nypd even gives a shit about you./rant
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    Sep 22, 2013 7:16 PM GMT
    ATC84 saidNot sure if real or not but the term for theft is apple picking and it is quite common. One of my CT friends had his phone swiped last week while he was walking down the street browsing Grindr. This wasn't the ghetto it was right along restaurant row in the 50s of NYC.

    NYC has plenty of drop boxes where you can drop in an electronic device and get cash. Apple products like an iPhone or iPad provide the most cash. Some machines require a license to use. Some don't. Plenty of shady pawn shops will take the devices no questions asked.
    So the the main concept of this thread..
    Don't be a sucka. It really amazes me that people walk around like zombies fixated on their smartphones and totally oblivious to their surroundings. We live in different times. Everyone is a potential victim of crime. Don't make it easier to become one.
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    Sep 22, 2013 7:19 PM GMT
    Turin saidYou can't trust them. If you have insurance use for Iphone or Samsung, you get the new ones. I pay insurance for it

    Uh, the only thing handset insurance does is cut the replacement price to the $200 range for a refurbished handset matching your current model (you only get upgraded if they ran out.)

    I suspect that as manufacturers go for super-thin plastic handsets, people will break them more often, making LCD/touch assemblies and other replacement parts very valuable. Make sure your phone was repaired using legit OEM parts.

    Same thing happens with older car models that start showing up as theft risks having...design shortcomings.
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    Sep 22, 2013 10:13 PM GMT
    xrichx saidWell, my point is property crime seems like a low priority issue compared to other crimes. Unless of course NYC is totally crime free and Apple picking is the only thing going on.


    Its more than just "property crime". People are getting their phones snatched right out of their hands, then trying to catch the perp, putting themselves in a potentially risky situation. I've had two friends who had that done to them and luckily they were both too out of shape to catch the perp, otherwise, who knows what could have happened.

    Just look at the positive side of what the NYPD is doing and applaud the effort.
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    Sep 22, 2013 10:31 PM GMT
    Ugh! #Sad news.

    I would seriously stay away from Apple owned people only until they fully upgrade then I would care to be somewhat of having that safe feeling with them.

    then again I would still be venerable icon_eek.gif...well If me, I would use my old Nokia 3310 at least that phone make me feel safe. No upgrade needed.

    *just saying.
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    Sep 22, 2013 11:50 PM GMT
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