More Android phones are using encryption and lock screen security than ever before
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May 19, 2017 - 4:26pm
An increasing number of people are making the right decisions.
We like to harp on security here from time to time, but it's for good reason. Many often have a false sense of just how secure their private data is on their devices — that is, if they're thinking about it at all. Your average smartphone user just wants to access the apps and people they care about, and not worry about security.
That's why it was extremely encouraging to hear some of the security metrics announced at Google I/O 2017. For devices running Android Nougat, roughly 80\% of users are running them fully encrypted. At the same time, about 70\% of Nougat devices are using a secure lock screen of some form.
That 80\% encryption number isn't amazingly surprising when you remember that Nougat has full-device encryption turned on by default, but that number also includes devices that were upgraded from Marshmallow, which didn't have default encryption. Devices running on Marshmallow have a device encryptio...
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