Google has unveiled a new form of encryption that is designed to secure data stored on lower-end smartphones and other devices with insufficient processing power. Security of personal data is a big deal for people who store data on their device. That is why most Android phones have storage encryption enabled as a default feature. But, understandably, an exemption is made for phones with low processing power, which is required to run encryption directly on the device.
Since data privacy is one of the biggest concerns of our time, Google’s Adiantum has been built to run on phones and other smart devices that “don’t have the specialized hardware to use current methods to encrypt locally stored data efficiently,” according to Eugene Liderman, director of mobile security strategy for Google’s Android security & privacy team. The solution is aimed at any low-power Linux-based device, from smartwatches to connected medical devices. Considering that data privacy is among the biggest issues of our times, all these companies continue to make noises about their positive privacy efforts — earlier this week, for example, Google launched a Password Check-up Chrome extension to help thwart data breaches.
Adiantum as an open source project it is already available on GitHub — but it seems that Google is now ready to announce it to the world. “Our hope is that Adiantum will democratize encryption for all devices,” Liderman added. “Just like you wouldn’t buy a phone without text messaging, there will be no excuse for compromising security for the sake of device performance. Everyone should have privacy and security, regardless of their phone’s price tag.”