Google Offers ‘Short-Term Fix’ To Let Developers Bypass iOS 9’s Enhanced Security Features

Google Offers 'Short-Term Fix' To Let Developers Bypass iOS 9's Enhanced Security Features

Google is offering a short-term fix to help app developers bypass security features of iOS 9. Disabling such a feature is not illegal.
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Google is offering developers with a short-term fix that will allow them to bypass the enhanced security features of iOS 9.

The upcoming iOS 9 will boast a latest feature called App Transport Security (ATS), which need developers of iPhone app to use advanced security protocol. The key idea of such a feature is to ensure that the operating system is lock tight.

In a blog post, Google reveals that Apple is correct in implementing such tight security protocol. However, the Internet company also suggests that not all mobile publishers and app developers will find it easy to work with the new standards set by Apple.

When such app publishers are unable to run the protocol and meet the new encryption set by Apple then their mobile ads will not run, which means less revenue for these publishers.

On Wednesday, Aug. 26, Google offered codes to app developers to bypass iOS 9's enhanced security features.

"While Google remains committed to industry-wide adoption of HTTPS, there isn't always full compliance on third party ad networks and custom creative code served via our systems. To ensure ads continue to serve on iOS9 devices for developers transitioning to HTTPS, the recommended short term fix is to add an exception that allows HTTP requests to succeed and non-secure content to load successfully," per a Google blog.

Disabling the protocol does not violate the rules set by Apple.

While Google is offering a short-term fix to developers, Apple has already noted about disabling the encryption at a WWDC session in June this year and also provided instruction on how to turn off the security feature.

"App Transport Security is a feature that improves the security of connections between an app and web services. The feature consists of default connection requirements that conform to best practices for secure connections. Apps can override this default behavior and turn off transport security," per an Apple webpage.

By giving the workaround Google is not doing something unlawful. However, in the past Google was found fiddling with Apple's Safari browser settings and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) slapped a fine of $22.5 on Google.

Photo: Maarten1909 | Flickr