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Take Control of iPhone & iPod Touch: Networking and Security by Glenn Fleishman

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Lack of iOS jailbreaking coverage aside, Take Control of iPhone and iPod Touch: Networking and Security, by Glenn Fleishman is still an excellent read that I’m sure I will often refer to when I’m messing with my iPhone network and security settings.

Pros

  • In-depth coverage of all iOS networking and security settings
  • Concise guidance without a lot of fluff

Cons

  • Only a brief mention of jailbreaking

Description

  • A desk reference-type guide covering nearly all aspects of iPhone and iPod touch Networking and Security settings
  • 165 Pages
  • Published 10-Nov-10
  • ISBN: 9781615420926
  • Available in Ebook and Print

Guide Review - Take Control of iPhone & iPod Touch: Networking and Security by Glenn Fleishman

I was skeptical when I first started reading Take Control of iPhone and iPod Touch: Networking and Security, iOS 4 Edition by Glenn Fleishman. I was afraid there would be lot of superfluous fluff about iPhone security (i.e. lock your iPhone with a password). I wanted to read a book that would provide some real substance to those of us looking for something more than just trite advice.

As I delved into this guide I was pleasantly surprised to find the depth that I was looking for. Glenn not only provides guidance on the basics of iPhone networking and security features, he has some great ideas on how to improve security that I hadn’t thought of.

One topic I found particularly intriguing was the use of open-to-the-public, paid Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) services as a way to enhance the security of the iPhone. This is a great idea. Most people think that a VPN is strictly an enterprise-level security feature offered by big corporations to their employees. I had never thought of using a subscription-based VPN, but I love the idea and will most likely try this.

Glenn does an admirable job of covering both the networking and security aspects of iOS (including the latest 4.2 release). He provides concise guidance, making this guide a great desk reference after your finished with it.

My one major complaint about this book is that there is barely a mention of iOS jailbreaking, other than when he discusses the unlocking of an iPhone for use with other carriers. Whether Glenn agrees or disagrees with the ethics or legality of jailbreaking, it is still a topic worthy of devoting coverage, in a book focused on iPhone networking and security.

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