Android L Will Have Encryption On By Default

Posted by at 11:02 am on September 22, 2014

Google said that encryption will be turned on automatically in the next release of Android, which is expected to arrive next month.

Encryption will make it harder for law enforcement to access user data on such devices. “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,” said company spokeswoman Niki Christoff to the Washington Post.”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.” With encryption turned on, only those who enter the correct password will be able to gain access the device and the information stored on it, such as photos and videos. New devices that ship with Android L will benefit from this immediately.

In the mean time, Android device owners can turn on encryption manually in the settings menu. Earlier this week, Apple said it took similar steps with the latest release of its mobile operating system, iOS8, which is also encrypted.

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