Understanding Disk Encryption on Android and iOS

by Rorot
Oct. 8, 2017 0 comments INFOSEC Institute Encryption & Authentication

Mobile devices these days handle lots of sensitive information – messages, photos, contacts and more. The question about how this data is stored on the device will obviously arise, especially since mobile devices are more prone to theft. In this article, we will explore why data on a device needs to be encrypted and how it is done with respect to different platforms such as Android and iOS. Screen lock is never a savior! Never assume that the screen lock you configured on your phone is going to prevent an attacker from getting access to the data present on the device. Screen lock can be seen as a lock on a door – without the key, people cannot normally come in and access the ‘belongings’ (data in this case). But if a thief somehow comes in, he can happily access all the belongings, for example by reading the data directly off the memory chip. So the simple point is that even