New York,Jan 21 2017: After tooking the oath to become the 45th US President Donald Trump jumped into a high-security ring,one of the things he was forced to do was to swap his Android smartphone for a “potentially modified iPhone”.
According to a report in the New York Times, Trump traded in his Android phone for a secure, encrypted device approved by the US Secret Service with a new number that few people possess.
The new gadget is reportedly to safeguard the US President from budding threats posed by hackers gaining access.
According to a report in Appleinsider, Trump may follow the footprints of his predecessor Barack Obama who was the first US president to carry a cellphone — initially starting with a modified BlackBerry and later switched to an iPhone.
Last year, Obama said the device given by Secret Service to the President came deprived of all features and heavily modified to ensure his safety.
“It does not take pictures, you cannot text, the phone does not work … you cannot play your music on it,” Obama had said of his own government-approved smartphone last year.
Similarly, Trump’s new device is likely to be similar to that of Obama’s.
It is possible to lock down an Android phone by enabling full-disk encryption or writing a customised version of Android.
But an iPhone is a simpler option. Full-disk encryption is on by default in iOS 8 and later and any device with a Touch ID sensor also has a Secure Enclave that makes even manual hacking difficult without a warrant.
This week Trump was forced to abandon his cherished “Trump” 757 aircraft for an Air Force jet, the New York Times said.