There may now be a foolproof way to unlock password-protected iOS and Android phones

There may now be a foolproof way to unlock password-protected iOS and Android phones
While consumer privacy and mobile security are slowly becoming the main focus of numerous companies’ public agenda, Apple and Google included, there will always be private firms and law enforcement agencies looking to actively combat strong encryption tools for various purposes.

DriveSavers, for instance, claims to have developed a “first-of-its-kind” consumer service using “new proprietary technology” aimed at everyday users who can no longer access their smartphone-stored private data.

Unfortunately, that happens way too often with forgotten passwords and a number of incorrect attempts at remembering them, not to mention particularly heartbreaking cases where someone might try to retrieve family pictures, videos, and other visual memories you can’t really put a price on from the locked handset of a deceased family member.

Believe it or not, this new DriveSavers Passcode Lockout Data Recovery service is marketed as a 100 percent successful unlocking tool in all those situations, regardless of the “make, model and operating system” of the phone you’re looking to (figuratively) crack open.

Yup, that apparently includes iPhones in addition to Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi, LG, ZTE, Oppo devices, and presumably Androids manufactured by many other companies as well. 

DriveSavers even mentions Windows and BlackBerry as software platforms vulnerable to its data recovery tool, and the passcode length can't hinder this operation either. Obviously, we have our reservations regarding the strength and “100% success rate” of the service, not least because the only other known machine that could hack into Apple’s famously secure iPhones with similarly impressive results has recently been rendered useless.

It’s a little fishy that DriveSavers doesn’t go into specifics when describing the “proprietary technology” behind its Passcode Lockout Data Recovery platform, but then again, this is a respectable data recovery, digital forensics, and electronic discovery firm founded all the way back in 1985.

There’s really only one way to find out if this thing works, but be warned, it’s going to cost you. According to The Verge, we’re talking a flat $3,900 fee per device unlocking operation.

Before getting back your data, you’ll need to provide proof of ownership, and in case you’re wondering, DriveSavers has no intention to follow Grayshift’s suit and make this purportedly groundbreaking tech available for law enforcement.

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7 Comments

1. LiveFaith

Posts: 388; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Something doesn't sound right @ this. If true, everything we know as secure just got rendered useless. Well basically.

2. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Being harder to open, is not equal to being impossible to open. Security is only as good as being how hard it is to open. There is no true foolproof security system. Especially where software is involved.

6. superguy

Posts: 428; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

True, but I don't want any fool to be able to get into my stuff. :)

7. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

You'll have to avoid electronics then.

3. TheOracle1

Posts: 2151; Member since: May 04, 2015

Is it possible that this could be an app loaded on a phone as a substitute for the baked in security (never enabled) and an unlock code will be supplied in the event of a lockout?

4. talon95

Posts: 990; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

$4k for that?

5. matistight

Posts: 956; Member since: May 13, 2009

Crazy that it works on iOS and Android, but DriveSavers does some crazy things to recover peoples information and they have a really nice pricing setup (for example, data recovery on phones is 100% money back guaranteed. They pay shipping there and back, and you only pay if they recover your info. But its like $1,500-$1,700 if you say yes[in most cases]) So I wouldn't discount this claim.

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