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iPhone 3GS Encryption Said to be 'Useless'

Apple's iPhone is the smartphone that has the consumer market more empowered than ever with convenient access to the internet. The device's ease of use makes it one of the most attractive solutions on the market, but the iPhone still hasn't been able to crack the business market owned mostly by RIM. Businesses continue to choose BlackBerry, and it seems it's for good reason.

According to Jonathan Zdziarski, an iPhone developer and hacker, the iPhone 3GS, even with its touted new encryption features, is nearly useless in securing sensitive information – one of the primary concerns for businesses adopting any new communications technology.

"If they’re relying on Apple’s security, then their application is going to be terribly insecure," he said to Wired. "Apple may be technically correct that [the iPhone 3GS] has an encryption piece in it, but it’s entirely useless toward security."

"It is kind of like storing all your secret messages right next to the secret decoder ring," Zdziarski added. "I don’t think any of us [developers] have ever seen encryption implemented so poorly before, which is why it’s hard to describe why it’s such a big threat to security."

Apple claims that many corporations and government agencies are adopting the iPhone, which makes the weak encryption claims particularly worrisome.