Google launches Adiantum, an encryption system for low-end devices

Posted by on Feb 16, 2019 in Tools

Google launches Adiantum, an encryption system for low-end devices

Google has officially unveiled its new encryption solution, designed to secure data stored in Android smartphones and other smart devices with insufficient processing power.

Adiantum was designed to work on phones and other smart devices “that do not have the specialized equipment needed to use current methods to encrypt locally stored data effectively,” said Eugene Liderman, Google’s director of mobile security strategy for Android.

In addition to low-cost Android devices for emerging markets, Adiantum can also optimize the encryption of all low-power Linux devices, as well as smart watches for connected medical devices.

A response to users’ expectations

Making sure that information stored on mobile phones is locked is a critical marketing strategy for people having personal data on their device.

That’s why most Android phones enable storage encryption by default. Smartphone manufacturers have even made this a requirement since Android 6.0. However, an exemption is provided for phones with low processing power, whereas it is precisely this latter that is required to perform encryption directly on the device.

For example, Android Go is designed for devices with low-end processors, delivered with 1GB or less of memory. On these devices, storage encryption is disabled by default to improve performance, or even non-existent. We can also mention the ARM Cortex-A7 processor, used by some phones, watches and connected TVs running on Android, which does not yet offer hardware support for AES (Advanced Encryption Standard).

Google has therefore created Adiantum to solve these problems and make everyone’s data more secure.

The importance of data confidentiality

After countless leaks and controversies that have affected all major consumer technology companies, data protection is more critical than ever.

That is why all these companies are communicating extensively about their privacy efforts. Earlier this week, Google already launched a Chrome extension, Password Checkup, to help thwart data breaches.

As an Open Source project, Adiantum is already available on GitHub. It is after the encryption solution has been circulating in developer circles for a few months now, increasing its notoriety even before its official release.

To restore its image in terms of data protection, it is in Google’s interest to have new solutions for a safer web, as well as for the security of connected devices. Liderman, therefore, took advantage of the week dedicated to the “Safer Internet” to announce the implementation of Adantium to the whole world:

“Just as you wouldn’t buy a phone without text messaging, there would be no excuse to compromise its security at the expense of its performance. Everyone should have access to privacy and data security, regardless of the price of their phone. »