DEVICE ENCRYPTION Posts on XDA

Texas detective says the data encryption of modern Android phones is superior to iPhones

The US government has been trying to pressure companies like Apple to create a backdoor in its smartphones to help law enforcement agencies access encrypted data when needed. Such a backdoor could help agencies gather crucial information about a detainee, which can then be used as evidence in a court of law. However, critics have...

LineageOS Introduces “Trust” – A Centralized Interface for Security and Privacy

The introduction of monthly security patches for Android was a welcome and much-needed move from Google. At that time, Android was infamous for its fragmentation issues, which negatively impacted how security vulnerabilities could be patched and then quickly distributed to devices. Monthly security patches provided a quick way for concerned users to judge how "secure"...

Capillary is an open source library to help developers implement end-to-end encryption for push notifications

If you're a developer that implements push notifications in your app and you or your users care about data privacy, then it's important that you transmit these push messages securely. For those of you who are already into data security, then implementing strong encryption measures is a no-brainer. For others, it's a difficult feature to implement....

Apple vs. The Panopticon: The War on Privacy Rights Affects us All, on All Platforms

Smartphone encryption has become an increasingly popular topic in the public space. Just recently,  the United States FBI has asked Apple for help with a passcode-locked deceased criminal’s iPhone 5C. Apple has, commendably, thus far resisted. You can read Apple’s letter to customers here. It’s worth noting that the EFF and Google have both sided with Apple in...

Samsung Pay Requires Decrypted Device For Full Functionality

In a surprising piece of news, it appears that Samsung Pay, Samsung's mobile-based payment solution and competitor to Android Pay and Apple Pay, actually requires a decrypted device to function. XDA Member mattspierce tipped us about his experience with the Samsung Pay app on an encrypted but otherwise stock Samsung Galaxy S6. The member installed the app and...