The Google Android L operating system will be the first Android OS version to enable encryption by default. Android has had this feature for some time but it was always up to the user to activate and use it. Earlier this week Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that iOS 8 would be encrypted by default preventing not only the authorities from accessing your device data but Apple as well (iCloud and server data is still accessible to both Apple and authorities).
“For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement,” said company spokeswoman Niki Christoff. “As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won’t even have to think about turning it on.”
With the amount of data breaches in the news this past year, enabling encryption by default is probably a wise choice for both Google and Apple. This not only protects its users but shows them being proactive about their security and privacy. Since the Edward Snowden and NSA controversies both privacy and security have been a hot topic even beyond the tech circles. When non-tech users are huddled around the water cooler talking about these matters, it’s time to fix the situation. What do you think of both Google and Apple enabling default encryption on their newest OS’s? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
Source: Washington Post