encryption is simply taking some information that makes sense and scrambling it so it become gibberish
Thanks to Apple for making this inaugural post an easy pick. If you haven't been following the news Apple has refused the FBI's request to unlock an iPhone for an investigation arguing that it would expose other iPhone users' phones. So why do we need encryption and would it be so bad to have an iPhone unlocked for this investigation?
I would say that yes we need encryption much like we need locks on our homes for a basic level of security. If we want to protect our digital homes then we need to have some level of encryption or other security. What Apple contends is that if they open the locked phone then it is comparable to the FBI having a universal key made that will open doors on other homes like this one. It is not a privilege that any government entity deserves to use wholesale (or have the ability to).
If you want to you should be able to have privacy if you so choose. We could get into the whole discussion of people on social media, but I don't think it is necessary. People choose to use those platforms even if they ignore or don't understand the risks. However, if I purchase a home built by a certain builder I want the locks to give me some modicum of privacy. I don't want any uninvited guests coming over to see if there is anything interesting that they can take simply because they found a universal key. All of this could happen because the FBI or another government agency wanted access to a single home built by the same builder with the same brand of locks as mine (in actuality a single iPhone).
You decide what you want to protect and to what extent you feel it is necessary. When you come to a conclusion you can choose to have simple locks (PINs or other pass codes) or upgraded locks (full phone or device encryption) installed to protect your home (mobile phone).
Author - Nathan
I have worked with computers and technology for over nine years now. I enjoy tech almost as much as I enjoy my wife and kids.
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