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Google's new Adiantum encryption targets low end devices that don't support AES

08 February 2019 1

Tech giant Google takes the security of devices quite seriously and continues to do efforts in achieving a more secure infrastructure. As part of the 5th February Safer Internet Day efforts, Google announced its new encryption system named as Aidatum, targeted for low-end devices. The low-end smartphones don’t have the dedicated hardware to encrypt the data on board and thus this system of encryption would server the purpose to some extent.

Eugene Liderman who is the Director of Mobile Security Strategy at Android Security and Privacy team shared in a statement,

“Our hope is that Adiantum will democratize encryption for all devices. 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.”

Such a mechanism of encryption works great on devices that have low-speed processors like ARM Cortex-A7 that doesn’t offer dedicated hardware for AES. The name of the encryption mechanism i.e Adiantum is named after genus of maidenhair fern (a plant) which translates to discretion and sincerity in the language of flowers.

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Google's new Adiantum encryption targets low end devices that don't support AES
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An excellent move by Google to consider the security too. If there are low-end devices like those running on Android Go, then there has to be some reliable system in place for securing data.

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