Monday, February 29, 2016

Most Android Phones Are Not Encrypted

Jose Pagliery (via John Gruber):

Although 97% of Android phones have encryption as an option, less than 35% of them actually got prompted to turn it on when they first activated the phone. Even then, not everybody chooses that extra layer of security.

A Google spokesman said that encryption is now required for all “high-performing devices” — like the Galaxy S7 — running the latest version of Android, Marshmallow. But only 1.2% of Android phones even have that version, according to Google.

By comparison, most Apple products are uniformly secure: 94% of iPhones run iOS 8 or 9, which encrypt all data.

Previously: FBI Asks Apple for Secure Golden Key, What Is the Secure Enclave?.

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