Google and Apple Use Default Encryption to Increase Phone Security


Google and Apple’s decision to use default encryption comes at the heels of the discovery of just how much information is collected by the NSA of bulk phone and email communications. And even more recently, the hacking of celebrity iCloud accounts to steal their personal nude photos casts a spotlight on the security of the mobile devices that have become such an integral part of our everyday lives.

Tough Security for a New Age

To be fair, Google’s Android operating system has already offered for the past three years encryption for their phones and tablets that must be manually activated. Google has announced, however, with the upcoming release of the Android L, encryption will be standard out of the box. Apple says the same with the advent of their new iOS 8, stating that encryption will be linked directly to your passcode so that even the company itself cannot access the data on any of their products without your personal security code.

What exactly is encryption and how does the typical cell phone user benefit from it? In terms of the law, it’s the difference between the police being allowed to search the contents of your phone without a warrant if it is not encrypted and requiring them to obtain a warrant if it is encrypted to access the data saved to your handset. In the case of Apple’s iOS 8, since the encryption keys are stored off the devices, not even a court order can allow anyone to operate the phone who does not possess the passcode. This protects everything from your contacts, messages, photos and other sensitive personal information from falling into the hands of any unauthorized third party without your consent.

You Can Afford to Upgrade

Let us turn toward the impact of how default encryption offered by these two industry titans will affect recommerce. One aspect is that now the reason and need for the increase in security of our devices has been made clear, those who can afford so and value their privacy will be sure to trade-in their outdated phones and tablets for versions that offer default encryption. The resulting increase in buybacks will further fuel the engines of recommerce, helping small business reap generous profits.

Another consideration is that for those in the reverse logistics supply chain who are tasked with refurbishing old devices for resale, the ones who are able to most aptly address this issue of updating the software and hardware of their equipment to handle default encryption will see a greater demand for their products.

Let Sourcely Help Grow Your Business

As the technological advances impacting the industry roll out, you can be sure Sourcely will remain current on them and their potential impact to consumers and businesses involved in each step of recommerce. If you have any questions as to what these developments mean for you, contact us to obtain more information on the services that matter to you most.



Justin Finkelstein

Co-Founder & CTO at Sourcely; server swiss army knife; flavor architect; the wildcard.