Security in Mobile

We all know by now that there was a huge security hole in Apple’s iOS (and OS X) software that possibly would have allowed a mischievous—possibly nefarious—government agency to gain access to sensitive information on an Apple iOS device (or Mac).

By the way, if you haven’t done so already, please drop what you are doing and go to software update on every Apple device you own. Seriously, right now! I’ll wait.

Now that we have that out of the way, I wanted to post a quick blurb (read: rant) on security in mobile. Today, Apple released a white paper on iOS security, which begins as such:

“Apple designed the iOS platform with security at its core.”

(via Daring Fireball: Apple Releases iOS Security White Paper)

How crazy is it that such a paper is released mere hours after Google’s head of Android development says this amazingly stupid—although true—thing:

“We cannot guarantee that Android is designed to be safe… If I had a company dedicated to malware, I would also be addressing my attacks on Android.”

(via Google: We can’t guarantee Android is designed to be safe)

First off, there is no way that the paper was written in response to Google’s comments. Secondly, I say that the above statement is amazingly stupid due to the fact that Google has taken responsibility for Android in the past; they have incubated the platform, they have charged money to validate their hardware partners, and they have poured countless man-hours into making it one of the best mobile operating systems in the current tech landscape. Do these actions not intimate a modicum of accountability when the virtues of said OS are called into question? In addition, at a time when more and more people realize that they are being spied on, is now the time to have such a nonchalant attitude toward security.

Wow, Google. Just wow.


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The Challenges of 2020

TL;DR: Follow this link.

One of the craziest things about Christianity during the protests of the last few weeks is the fact that there are churches out there not discussing the issues honestly, not taking the time to have the hard conversations, not devoting their Sunday services to betterment of the world and people around them. If you’re church isn’t talking about racism right now, if they don’t mention that black lives matter, instead focusing on platitudes that equate to the all lives matter” sentiment, it is time to start looking for a new church.

My wife and I meet with my home” church virtually via Zoom since the pandemic is still a thing. Kimball Avenue United Church of Christ & La Iglesia Episcopal de Nuestra Señora de las Américas (KANSA, together) combined in a collaborative way to create a single denomination focused on the needs of their community. They follow Christ together toward the vision of love, reconciliation, peace and justice. The justice looks like the demolition and rehabilitation of an old church building and its grounds into a community garden and labyrinth open to all who seek peace through contemplation.

I give this elevator speech to mention that COVID has not been kind to faith communities in general. Budgets have been slashed, funding and grants have been cut, and congregations in need are also working to serve those in need, who are less likely to be able to financially support their church in these times. KANSA in one of the good ones. They speak truth, they have the difficult conversations, they preach in a loud voice every Sunday that black lives matter, that racism has no place in the church, that the LGBTQ community deserves respect and support, and that Jesus was a social justice warrior, who fought for the least of these no matter who they were, where they were from, what they looked like.

In fact, Jesus was most harsh to those who had the means to help and decided not to answer the call.

These systems of oppression we are protesting have been around a long time; they have screwed up a lot of lives, they have been the reason for revolution and the downfall of entire civilizations, they don’t work. We need to find a better way to live by supporting each other. And support has to come in systemic, social, financial, and political ways, both national and local.

I am not local to KANSA anymore, but I support their mission, the way that mission manifests in the world, and the simple fact that they follow Jesus no matter how ostracizing that position can be at times. Which brings me to the point:

Thanks to a $10,000 matching gift’ from an anonymous donor, the challenge has become an opportunity. Over the next two months, we plan to raise at least $10,000 to meet the challenge. Through August 31, 2020, every donation we receive toward our 2020 Challenge” no matter how small or how large will be doubled by the matching gift.

KANSA is hurting financially and needs support, they do good work and are unabashedly progressive in their approach to our world. Donate now and see your contribution matched to keep one of the good ones fighting the good fight.

Thank you for your consideration.