Monday, March 28, 2016

Which are More Secure: iPhones or Android Phones?

Answer: More iPhones are encrypted. From Trust Advisor: 

Had San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook used an Android phone, investigators would have had a better chance at accessing the data. The reason? Few Android phones are encrypted.

Google has pushed encryption for Android phones and automatically encrypts its devices.

But other handset makers have resisted because they are concerned that encryption—scrambling data such as contacts, photos and videos—hurts a phone’s performance. And Google hasn’t insisted for fear of driving device makers away from the official Android model, where it makes the most money.

The result: Experts estimate fewer than 10% of the world’s 1.4 billion Android phones are encrypted, compared with 95% of Apple Inc.’s iPhones. That includes Mr. Farook’s iPhone, now the center of a high-stakes clash between Apple and the U.S. government that raises questions about privacy and security in the digital age.

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