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Android Marshmallow: the native data encryption could return

This is an evolution of Android that may cringe authorities: the default encryption of user data should be enabled in the new version of the mobile Google OS, Android 6.0 aka Marshmallow. Ars Technica reports like that has got hold of a document intended for third party manufacturers, activation default encryption of data stored on the terminal has become a requirement in case the device has minimal resources required to make it work.

Not a tsunami

The promise had been made for Android Lollipop, which was to be the first version of the OS to deploy the default encryption data, but Google had eventually revised its recommendations following performance issues on some devices. It seems that this issue is no longer relevant: Google actually recommends other manufacturers to activate the default encryption on devices that have sufficient resources.

Some exceptions will nevertheless conceded by Google: first terminals do not have lockscreen will refrain from such measures and secondly the devices not available equipped with the necessary resources to processors ensure sufficient performance for encryption on the fly can also do without. Finally, tablets and smartphones sold on an earlier version of Android and Android Marshmallow migrating to are not concerned.

Finally, the few exceptions to this day represent a large share of Android park: Only high-end and new terminals come with Android Nexus 6 will therefore automatically encrypted by default. Google specifies that the encryption protocol to be an AES 128 bits or greater.

The arrival of Android 6 should therefore not generate a tidal wave of encrypted terminals, but this change has the merit of initiating the start of a widespread default encryption on devices, a practice that should tend towards generalization over the users’ equipment renewals.

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