Google has moved to increase the security of new Android devices, requiring full-disk encryption by default on all new phones shipping with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
At Alertsec we think this is good news. A surprising amount of personal and sensitive information is stored on mobile devices, putting that data at risk if the device is lost, stolen or gets replaced when an upgraded model is available. Encryption ensures that whatever happens to the device, your data cannot be retrieved. Read more about this news from Google below.
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Google requires full-disk encryption on new Android devices
With the release of Android 6.0, Google has announced that new Android phones shipping with the Marshmallow software will have to be encrypted before the out-of-box setup procedure is complete.
If the device meets certain performance standards, full-disk encryption must be enabled by default during set-up.
This is something Apple have offered since the release of iOS 8 and at Alertsec we think this is great as Google finally goes the same way. The same philosophy should be used for computers and they should all be protected with Full Disk Encryption. A computer typically stores a lot more confidential information and the cost for companies not protecting customer data if a computer is lost or stolen can be very high.
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