Tag Archive: encryption


AC Podcast 457: Apple vs. Google vs. encryption; Sonos; Nearby Sharing

It’s a precarious balance between security, privacy, and convenience. A report from Reuters that Apple dropped plans for end-to-end encryption of iCloud backups after the FBI complained helps frame a conversation between Jerry Hildenbrand, Andrew Martonik, and Daniel Bader about the differences in approach between iOS and Android backup strategies. High value hacking targets such as Jeff Bezos also highlight security vulnerabilities.

The crew also discuss backlash against Sonos regarding use of legacy products along side newer devices.  [Read More…]

How Google’s backup encryption works – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Backing up your data is easy and secure on Android. But there are some issues with the service that Google needs to sort out.

I love seeing headlines about encryption hit a news cycle. Anything that gets a person more aware of their options when it comes to making sure that they are the only person with access to their data is important. So important, in fact, that Google does it by default with your backed-up data.

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Android 10 (Go edition) brings ‘Adiantum’ encryption to entry-level phones

Entry-level smartphones running Android 10 (Go edition) will be launching later this fall.

What you need to know Google has announced Android 10 (Go edition) for entry-level smartphones. Android 10 (Go edition) brings faster performance and improved security. With Adiantum encryption, low-cost phones will be able to encrypt data with zero impact on device performance.

Google introduced the Android Go platform in 2017 – designed specifically for entry-level smartphones featuring just 1GB of memory or less. The  [Read More…]

Snapdragon 855 certified as secure zone for payments, encryption and eSIM

Phone makers can utilize the new security capabilities right away.

What you need to know Snapdragon 855 SoC is now EAL-4+ certified as a secure zone for encryption, payments, eSIM and more. Companies can now eliminate dedicated security chips from phone, simplify design and reduce costs. Certification retroactively applies to all Snapdragon 855 devices.

Qualcomm’s current top-end SoC (system on chip), the Snapdragon 855, has received Common Criteria EAL-4+ certification, making it the first SoC to be  [Read More…]

Facebook Messenger getting a desktop app, end-to-end encryption, and more

Facebook’s also creating a new version of the mobile app that’s smaller/faster.

Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the world, and in a now-removed blog post published ahead of its annual F8 developer conference, Facebook announced a heap of new features and changes coming to the platform later this year.

First on the list, Facebook is creating another version of the Messenger mobile app. Referred to as “Project LightSpeed”, the app will  [Read More…]

Google and Android are still failing us on messaging and encryption

Using a half-dozen messaging services is hardly uncommon in 2018.

Refusing to offer default end-to-end encrypted messaging — nevermind across platforms — in 2018 is technological malpractice.

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There’s no worry about insurance. There are no co-pays. If you need help, you get help. In fact, you have to work hard to ever see a bill. This new clinic  [Read More…]

Telegram is being ordered by Russia to hand over user encryption keys

Telegram will appeal the new ruling, but this still isn’t a good sign.

Telegram, the ultra-popular messaging app that’s most well-known for user security and privacy, may have to hand over its user’s encryption keys to the Russian government. It was reported on March 20 that Telegram had lost an appeal in court against Russia’s Federal Security Service (the spiritual successor to the KGB) which is asking for encryption keys as a result of President Vladimir Putin wanting access  [Read More…]

More Android phones are using encryption and lock screen security than ever before

An increasing number of people are making the right decisions.

We like to harp on security here from time to time, but it’s for good reason. Many often have a false sense of just how secure their private data is on their devices — that is, if they’re thinking about it at all. Your average smartphone user just wants to access the apps and people they care about, and not worry about security.

That’s why it was  [Read More…]

What is encryption?

Encryption can be a very complicated subject, but getting a grasp of the basics isn’t difficult.

Recently, we’ve had a few questions about encryption. We’ve talked about how Android incorporates encryption and the changes that Nougat brings, and to get the most from those discussions an understanding of the basics is a must. Let’s talk about those basics for a bit.

What exactly is encryption?

In its simplest sense, encryption is changing the way information is  [Read More…]

Facebook starts testing ‘secret conversations’ in Messenger with end-to-end encryption

Facebook has begun testing end-to-end encryption for conversations in Messenger. Dubbed “secret conversations,” encryption allows you to securely message your friends and loved ones securely, in a way that nobody else, not even Facebook, can see.

From Facebook:

To enable you to do this we are starting to test the ability to create one-to-one secret conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of the person you’re communicating with.  [Read More…]