WWDC: Apple Advances Encryption Software

owilson - June 15, 2016 - 06:10 PM

WWDC: Apple Advances Encryption Software

At WWDC 2016, Apple revealed it has increased the security of its devices with improved encryption technology.

(CCM) — During Tuesday's keynote at Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi announced the company's new encryption technology. The software, called Apple File System (or APFS) was not a part of Apple's initial announcement about the upgrades that it had made across its devices, despite it being the crux of Apple's user security plan. According to the tech giant, developers who create software for its devices will have the choice between guarding user data with zero encryption, single-key encryption, or multi-key encryption "with per-file keys for file data and a separate key for sensitive metadata."

Although full disk encryption has been apart of Apple's strategy since OSX version 10.7 Lion, APFS is distinguished by its ability to individually encrypt files as well as metadata, guaranteeing that user information remains secure even on hacked devices. This initiative to advance its security features comes on the heels of Apple's public debate with the FBI over whether or not the company should be obligated to help the agency access information on smartphones belonging to suspected terrorists. Apple, along with other top tech brands, like WhatsApp, pledge not to cooperate with the FBI in the interest of safeguarding their customers' information.

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