The EFF asks Apple to be able to deactivate the 2G of the iPhone

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The EFF asks Apple to be able to deactivate the 2G of the iPhone, a security measure which could be important.

Right now, around the world, 2G has either been phased out or is in the process of being phased out. Especially now that more and more operators are switching to 5G. Today, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) asks Apple to follow in Google’s footsteps by including a switch that would allow users to disable 2G on their phone.

The EFF asks Apple to be able to deactivate the 2G of the iPhone

But why would anyone disable 2G if 2G networks are already disabled, as they are in the United States? Mainly for security reasons, because 2G isn’t the most secure of networks and can easily be hijacked by hackers. In other words, devices that connect to it could have their calls and messages intercepted.

A security measure that could be important

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Usually, when reception is not very good in a specific area, smartphones lose the 4G/5G signal and try to connect to an older network such as 2G or 3G. If hackers can exploit this, they could create fake 2G cells to then intercept and steal communications. It’s hard to know if these attacks are widespread, but the fact that it’s possible means there’s a risk of it happening, and that’s enough to take action.

Google has already introduced a 2G switch in the latest version of its Android mobile operating system, a move praised by EFF. It is for this reason that the organization is now asking Apple to do the same on its iPhones. No one knows, however, if the Cupertino company will decide to do so. To be continued !



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