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L.A. School District stops free Apple iPad program after students hack through security feature

0. phoneArena 26 Sep 2013, 11:40 posted on

The L.A. School District has halted a program that planned on distributing free Apple iPads to all 640,000 students in the district by next year; apparently, some of the students attending Theodore Roosevelt High School had hacked their iPad within a week, allowing them to surf the web. It was this security concern that forced the School District to halt the program...

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posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:33

58. greathero1 (Posts: 460; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


Again, so in no instance can an Apple solution with Macs/iPads/iPhones be a perfect fit for a business? Simply not true. You have a bone to pick with Apple but your own personal grievance is definitely your agenda. The company I work for utilizes PCs, iPhones, and iPads and all capable solutions were considered but for some reason Apple was able to win on 2 of 3. That's not to say that some companies exhibit the behavior you are talking about but to dismiss all or even most is naive or self serving at best.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:57 1

61. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


Lol the fact that some companies even do it period is bad enough. Im just agreeing with slammer. Why if you're needs are basic would you buy apple? I understand macs are good for music and editing. Don't know if windows has many equivalents but the fact that wasting money because you think it's the best choice WITH NO research is dumb. Last time i saw a mac was in a small custom tshirt store in the mall. Why? Idk. Maybe she designs the shirts on it. Who knows but if that person just brought an apple computer to just too run a small business while everybody is using more cost effective means then she's the one who is naive. Naive is one of the first words in an apple fans dictionary. It's like a new gamer too the pc market chose a mac because they think it's the best when it comes to games cause it's apple lol. They would be very mistaken.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 17:48 2

66. Slammer (Posts: 992; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)


My point is that I don't care how people or businesses spend their own money. I do care how and how much they spend mine. While schools are a business, they are heavily funded by public finances and often, are known to always be over budget and have deficits that lead to higher taxes. Haven't you had enough?

John B.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 16:50 2

60. Pdubb (Posts: 239; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)


MS is is also an American company that has great software for schools. The Surface is cheaper, Dell is an American company. Also if you think you think that specialized software has to come from Apple then that defeats the purpose of these high tech gadgets. The school system should be developing software for the students if they are going this route. My main concern however is that CA was recently about to shut down over government debt. Now they have this excess to just spend??

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 13:44

41. xtroid2k (Posts: 345; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


I Think that the short answer to all of this is they stopped a program to work out security flaws and possibly the ability to provide a quality balanced program which both fits the needs of stidents and the district. Hopefully they don't cancel the program.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 13:49

42. promise7 (Posts: 357; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


It's finny how a article that had nothing to do with Apple vs Android turns into one in the comments then a flame war starts. Truly no end to the fan boys of either side. Sad really.

On topic, it's a shame a few ppl ruined this for everyone. Sure those iPad's were a huge help to a majority of those students. Also, I'm not sure if just deleting a user ID to get around the restrictions counts as hacking.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 14:18 1

43. Yes-Sir (banned) (Posts: 58; Member since: 16 Sep 2013)


$30 million wasted on POS!!!!!!!
Better of with a laptop!!!

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 14:44

48. BigRed83 (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 May 2008)


Apparently, the students are smarter than the LA School District. Considering I went through part of that system in the 80's, not too surprised.

posted on 26 Sep 2013, 14:51

49. Immolate (Posts: 274; Member since: 17 Jun 2011)


Millions of students are smarter than any small group that attempts to frustrate them, just like millions of customers are smarter than Verizon, AT&T, Motorola, etc. Leave one weak spot and the mob will find it. And when's the last time someone, anyone, left just one weak-spot in something as complex as a high-end tablet?

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 14:24

70. PhoneCritic (Posts: 355; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Nothing absolutely nothing is fool proof. However if you want maximum security on you campus network do not employ iPad's you will never be able to control them. Instead create a guest wireless network that allows them to go outside of your infrastructure and hit the internet. I you want to lock down or at least may it incredibly hard for the students to hack your network employ a security appliance ( Cisco ASA, Checkpoint, Sonic-wall, Sophos, Web sense,) and a Laptop running windows 7. if you want mobility than employ a chrome book and your good to go. As an IT professional (CCNA CCNP CCDP and CCIE written) this is the way a school should go. Until Apple uses standard protocols then avoid there devices if you want security and performance.

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