Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) has confirmed that the upcoming version of the Android, Android L, will by default encrypt the user device and the files residing on it. Google said that the upcoming Android mobile operating system will have the data encryption enabled by default, which will encrypt and protect the data against most of the hacking attempts.
It is not the first time since Google is providing such features, however; they are not by default. The user usually has to enable on it own by going into ‘Security’ sub-option under the ‘Settings.’
“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,” Google spokesperson Niki Christoff said. “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.”
The spokesperson said that the company was working on it for the past three years, however, it came out right after Apple announced enhanced encryption in the latest iOS 8. Apple claimed that it’s technically impossible to break the encryption on the system and do any harm to the device.
Apple stated that, “Your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders, is placed under the protection of your pass code.”
Security is not a product; instead it is a process. Both the companies try their best to protect users from government agencies; state-sponsored hackers and black hat hackers. However, due to some reason they still get hold of personal files and pose a potential risk to the victim. Actions like these can help the user significantly by encrypting the files and the device itself on it own.