For most consumers, the court order for Apple to help the FBI access iPhone data isn't something to lose sleep over. There are bigger worries for your mobile phone's security, such as criminals.
On Tuesday, a U.S. magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI unlock a phone belonging to one of the shooters in San Bernardino, California. Apple chief's executive, Tim Cook, responded in a letter to customers Wednesday, calling the request "chilling."
"If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone's device to capture their data," he said in the letter. (IPhone data is encrypted when the device is locked. Apple has said it doesn't store passwords and cannot open a locked phone.)
But some security experts say the court order isn't, as Cook has interpreted, a broad request for the government to monitor your iPhone. "They don't care what's on your phone," said J.J. Thompson, co-founder and chief executive of Rook Security, an IT security firm. This is a specific request with a particular phone in a case with exigent circumstances, he said.