Google makes data encryption part of the activation process in Android L

Google makes data encryption part of the activation process in Android L
Everyone is becoming far more aware about privacy and security these days, which is a great thing, because it means we'll be getting better options from manufacturers and software developers for implementing security features. Google is jumping on that train as well, and has confirmed that data encryption will be standard in Android L.

Specifically, Google has said that data encryption will be part of the activation process on devices, which effectively makes it standard, and more importantly from a user perspective, something "you won't even have to think about turning it on." Data encryption has long been an option in Android (since Android 3.0 Honeycomb to be exact), but most users didn't know it was there, and those that did might have avoided it because turning it on after setting up your phone would lead to a much longer process, because there is more data that needed to be encrypted. 

Making data encryption standard is also a big thing for anyone worried about the NSA. Google told The Verge that with Android encryption, "keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement." This means anyone who wants to get at the data on your device would need the correct password, and having physical access to your device would be very helpful. 

Apple is doing the same with iOS 8 and making data encryption standard for all users. 

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27 Comments

1. LiquidSnake

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Now they have one more excuse for lags.

4. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

and battery life is also affected by this.

5. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Lags and battery problem? Is this ifruit that were talking about? I thought this article is about android? NSA will be NSA they can still get all data whatever security patch they'll implement.

18. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I encrypted mine last week and I don't see any difference in battery usage. And about the lag... What lag? Which lag? If it is a low end to mid range android, and your trying to run a heavy, high end app, lag will obviously be a result. People, you better use your brains to good use.

8. LiquidSnake

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Spot on.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

LiquidSnake and Tziggy14, can you tell me which Android device you have used that lag and have poor battery life and will even be worse with these activation? I am happy for you that you loved you iDevice and its a great device but for me an Android device work just as well and a better fit for my needs. I need removable battery due to long hours without a wall plug and battery pack is too slow to recharge and clunky.

15. LiquidSnake

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Why don't you click on my profile? I was so glad when I dumped Note3 on a poor famboy. I wasn't that lucky with my S2. That amoled burn-in ruined my "business". Although I'm rather satisfied with N5 I find myself carrying the aged 4s with me more often. Google's new material design is quite appealing, but I'm sick of Android now and switching to Apple. Should I ever return to Android, it gotta be a Nexus and nothing else.

6. wilsong17 unregistered

You may want to check the apple forum people complain about iPhone lag, battery life and app that closed without notice

9. LiquidSnake

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

I just remember how horribly my Note 3 lagged. I was fortunate enough to sell that POS to a blind fanboy though. It was a $200 lesson for me.

14. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

From these statement, I know you are just a Apple troll. Android has over 80% market share with billon dollar company Google as backer. I think I will be using my Android device for the rest of 2014 and a new Android device for 2015. Liquid Snake, have fun with your overprice toys. http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/508435/20130924/5-untold-disadvantages-ios-will-make-ifriend.htm#.VBt3w8NO6T8

17. LiquidSnake

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

What's the point in that? I just see someone biitching about iOS being nothing for his personal tastes. And you are spot on with overpriced toys. english.yonhapnews.co.kr/business/2014/09/14/52/05​01000000AEN20140914000400320F.html Now people finally seem to recognize what's not worth their money.

19. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I have last year's "Mid range" moto X and there's no lag whatsoever. What's this lag Apple folk keep talking about?

26. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Performance nor battery is influenced by doing this. I'm already running an encrypted phone for several months and the only thing noticeable is a few extra seconds after a cold boot. Which will be on the iPhone as well.

2. antmiu2

Posts: 551; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

Does this mean no more celebrity nudes? :(

11. LiquidSnake

Posts: 25; Member since: Sep 17, 2014

Don't worry. As long they keep using sdcards, we'll get our stuff.

24. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

How would you access celebrity nude photo in my sdcard? Please explain. Most Apple troll are computer idiot and LiquidSnake behavior just confirms it.

16. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Well that was someone brute forcing the iCloud password through find my iphone. That "problem" was fixed so no nudes that way, they can still get nudes from leaks and other security flaws.

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

More security theater. If the user turns on cloud backup, then all the customer's data is stored on Google's servers anyway.

7. littleoleme

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Hmmm....as far as implementation goes how would this impact sd card? Meaning...once encryption is turned on is the sd card encrypted as well? That'd mean it would only be usable on your phone. You couldn't simply pop that into your desktop or anything.

10. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I'm one for privacy but today's world is so unstable with treats like ISIS and others out to hurt us I think we can never be totally safe without the NSA to some degree. What's the use of complete privacy no matter the platform if you or those you love are not around to enjoy it. For our safety there has to be a compromise.

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

LOL. So in addition to Microsoft, you also shill for the NSA? What a stooge.

13. YourNickname

Posts: 127; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I dont even put a password or lock code on my phone, much less encrypt anything. I hopw this encryption bullshyt is an opt-in feature, not a mandatory feature. Really encryption is for paranoid tards who think theyre more important than they are.

23. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The misguided article mentions the NSA, but the real dangers are more mundane. More substantive dangers include identity theft, robbery, rape, etc. And of course there can be loss of important/sentimental pictures, emails, etc.

20. vijaysivakula

Posts: 229; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

How will this impact custom ROMs?

27. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I'm running Paranoid rom on my Nexus 5 and it handles the encrypted phone option with no problem at all. Recovery still work like a charm...

21. crazymonkey05

Posts: 189; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I understand that encrypting will be good if you have a lot of highly important stuff on there like credit cards etc......but for me and I'm sure many others don't need it.

25. somad

Posts: 169; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I just want Android L

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