Google’s impending Android platform will surprisingly be encrypted automatically, in line with the Washington Post. The publication did not explain whether it is Android’s full-disk encryption, which Google first released in 2011, however, it did claim that nobody can access the encrypted device (not even the company), unless they’ve known its four-digit pin.
Does that mean users will be required to set a passcode upon setup? Unfortunately we cannot be sure, but with encryption set up, Google cannot help authorities in searching your phone.
Company speaker Niki Christoff informed the Post that keys/passcodes aren’t saved online or anyplace off your unit, so Google doesn’t have anyway to access them. Additionally, with this particular upgrade, you will not need to think or discover how to switch encryption on, since you are protected from the start.
Google has surprisingly been developing this Android L feature for months, because while feds typically can’t search phones with no warrant, it wants its software to be more resistant against government snooping.
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