Infracore LLC Blog

Encryption Helps Keep your Smartphone Secure

Encryption Helps Keep your Smartphone Secure

These days everyone has a smartphone; and, they can do some pretty incredible things. One place that the average smartphone may seem to be a little loose is in the arena of data security. Today’s smartphones do, in fact, come with encryption by default, so there is some semblance of device security on every device. What does this mean? We’ll break it down.

“Smartphone encryption” describes the state in which the data on the device is scrambled so that people that don’t have the proper security clearance, won’t be able to see the device’s contents. While this is extraordinarily helpful for device security and personal privacy, it has nothing to do with protecting actual data transmission.

Without entering the credentials or biometric data that allows for a device to open, many of the features a device has are not able to be accessed. In fact, most modern smartphones won’t actually connect to a Wi-Fi network without the proper credentials. This is handled differently on the different mobile platforms.

Apple
The iPhone ships with 256 AES encryption. It is not stored on the phone (which could result in more successful hacks), a correct passcode combines with data stored on the Secure Enclave chip to generate a key that unlocks the device. This chip also holds biometric data (fingerprint and facial recognition) that can be used to open the device or use Apple Pay. Any Apple product that is repeatedly unsuccessfully opened will lock, stopping unwanted parties from getting into your iPhone.

Android
Since so many more people use the Android mobile OS, Google did not make device encryption standard until devices that run their Android 6.0 Marshmallow mobile OS. If your new Android device runs 6.0 Marshmallow or better, it now ships with encryption enabled. Since Google’s implementation of encryption depends on the manufacturer, some phones will use a key generation system similar to the iPhone’s, while others will use a more complex system called file-based encryption. File-based encryption allows for varying levels of decryption and provides unauthorized users access to a limited number of the features on the device.

In the News
Over time, there has been a push for mobile OS developers to build in “backdoors” to ensure that law enforcement can get into a device if/when they need to. Companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google have had to field their fare share of criticism, but strongly defend their position. Apple CEO Tim Cook states the following, “In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks - from restaurants and banks to store and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable.”

Encryption is for your benefit. If you would like more information about modern digital cryptography or any other mobile security, visit our blog.

Using a QR Code to Log In
Tech Term: Defining Motherboard
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Friday, January 18 2019

Captcha Image

Tag Cloud

Tip of the Week Security Technology Best Practices Privacy Cloud Business computing Google Network Security Microsoft Hosted Solutions Data Malware Hackers Software User Tips Innovation Tech Term Backup Internet Hardware Business Mobile Devices Smartphones Windows 10 Data Backup Business Continuity Smartphone Email Browser Android IT Services Productivity VoIP Computer Cloud Computing Outsourced IT Disaster Recovery Managed IT Services Small Business Data Recovery Alert Workplace Tips Communications Business Management Office Artificial Intelligence Efficiency Router Ransomware Computers Communication Miscellaneous Managed IT Services Chrome Windows 10 Law Enforcement Cybercrime Network Money Passwords How To Social Media Office 365 Password Applications Facebook Virtualization Telephone Systems IT Support Holiday Windows Collaboration Cybersecurity Internet of Things Productivity Spam Health Server App Gadgets Social Engineering Wi-Fi Google Drive Automation Word Saving Money Quick Tips Information Upgrade Mobile Device Work/Life Balance Settings Office Tips Scam Data Breach IT Support Data Protection Microsoft Office Voice over Internet Protocol Mobile Device Management Hacking Private Cloud Two-factor Authentication Mobility Phishing Bring Your Own Device Save Money Connectivity Data Security Apps Keyboard BDR Vulnerability HaaS Managed Service Battery Botnet Cleaning Virtual Assistant Comparison Worker Website CES BYOD PDF Data Storage Big Data Sports Computer Care Remote Computing Telephone System OneNote Content Management Managed Service Provider Redundancy Flexibility Software as a Service IT Management Government Spam Blocking Electronic Medical Records Avoiding Downtime Samsung Business Intelligence Bandwidth Training Legal Blockchain Identity Theft Entertainment Automobile Update IT Plan Public Cloud Operating System Infrastructure USB Value Encryption Firewall Networking Data Management Servers Unsupported Software VPN Employer-Employee Relationship Paperless Office Remote Monitoring End of Support Managed IT Charger History Human Resources Marketing Fraud Access Control Telephony Google Docs Patch Management Windows 7 Machine Learning Outlook Two Factor Authentication Knowledge Wire Printer Cortana Thought Leadership Experience Video Games Audiobook Staff How to Unified Threat Management Amazon Authentication Skype Risk Management Enterprise Content Management Display Emails iPhone Telecommuting Solid State Drive Flash Hiring/Firing Worker Commute YouTube Help Desk Gmail Advertising MSP Frequently Asked Questions Network Congestion Education Mouse Google Apps Meetings Travel Music Relocation User Error Specifications Safety Black Market Mobile Computing Amazon Web Services Nanotechnology Start Menu Politics Rootkit Password Management Security Cameras Transportation File Sharing Remote Work Practices Audit Employer Employee Relationship Monitor Recovery Recycling Books Assessment Excel IT Consultant Computing Infrastructure Smart Office Administrator Workers Addiction Wearable Technology Scalability Digital Signature Benefits Camera Online Shopping Smart Tech Tools NIST Hacker IT solutions Physical Security Augmented Reality Hosted Computing Computer Fan Sync Computer Accessories Shortcuts eWaste Television Wireless Tip of the week Leadership Document Management Microchip Cache Data loss Humor Internet Exlporer Millennials Evernote Downtime Vendor Management Files Best Practice Cryptocurrency Multi-Factor Security HIPAA Remote Worker Credit Cards Inventory The Internet of Things Bluetooth Data storage Social WiFi Criminal webinar Emergency Public Computer Hybrid Cloud Windows 10s Windows Server 2008 Save Time Techology Users Search Engine Password Manager Screen Mirroring Troubleshooting Loyalty Information Technology Workforce Smart Technology Current Events Wireless Internet Warranty Wireless Charging Devices Root Cause Analysis Content Safe Mode Trending HBO Search Wiring FENG HVAC Vendor Conferencing Software Tips Apple Accountants Virtual Reality Bing Business Mangement Cast SaaS Internet exploMicrosoft Instant Messaging Thank You Congratulations Twitter Webinar Company Culture Compliance CrashOverride Managing Stress Regulation Printers Smartwatch

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Recent Comments

AngusCousens Preventing Identity Theft Should be a Priority, But Do You Know How to Handle It?
27 December 2018
What a good story you have written and I feel good reading about your story and we should share thin...
George Nivison Bring Your Own Device Is Great...When Applied Properly
21 December 2018
If you think you device get slow then try once again for the device sharing speed with the connectin...
Chantale Bass Tip of the Week: How to Use Tabs to Their Full Potential
15 December 2018
Tabs we need to use only with the ways of the potentially uses from the internet use and also for th...
JoseSClark How You Can Get Microsoft Office Certified
14 December 2018
Many users want to get Microsoft Office certified for theirselve and it was a good post for them. Re...
Donna Brock 3 Significant Ways the Cloud Can Grow Your Business
13 December 2018
In every field of life technology have a big name and now technology provide the facility to save yo...