In this day and age where personal security becomes a very prevalent issue it is getting more important as well for us to take safety measures with everything. Even personal data found in your phone is not safe enough and technically it is very easy for law enforcement agencies and governments to snoop in your smartphone to gather any sort of information. So what is the answer to that? Encryption of course.
The next release of Android is just around the corner somewhere and will be released together with the much awaited HTC Nexus 9 tablet. Of course we already know the name of the next iteration of one of the most popular mobile operating system on earth; Android L. In regards of data encryption on your smartphones, Android have been offering the option of encrypting your smartphone data for a number of years now if you know about it. The issue here now is that not many consumers know that it even existed, it is there nevertheless. So what is so significant this time?
Android L, the next generation Android will, as Niki Christoff, Google’s spokeswoman put it; will come out of the box with encryption on as a default. Which means now users don’t even have to worry or think about looking for the settings to turn on the encryption that most of us do not know about. This is all a part of as movement to prevent personal information from being stolen. Niki Christoff also emphasises that since the introduction of the encrypting function of Android Google never stored the encryption keys off the device which means that encryption of your smartphone can only be accessed by you as a user with the encryption key. It also means that Google will not have access to your data and that they cannot hand over your data even if they want to.
In addition to that the encryption will ensure a cleaner, more secure factory reset of your device. Recently it was shown that determined individuals could somehow extract wiped data making it a little bit more complicating when you want to sell your Android as a second hand device. It was recommended by Google though that we should turn on encryption first before doing a factory wipe to ensure security, but we will not have to any more with the new Android L release.
So expect all new Android to be released with default encryption. All the devices also would require you to set them up the moment you turn them on to ensure encryption of all your data. Despite all these encryption your data will still be backed up in cloud. You can however turn that function off too. If your smartphone is eligible for the Android L release, good for you. For the rest of you who won’t, you should start looking into your settings page if you want to encrypt your data. Mind you though Android only started to give that option in 2011.