Kimberly asked: “I want to know which phone has the best data encryption. So if someone steals your phone, which is the best so no one gets your data?”
Kimberly, when it comes to no one being able to get your data out of your phone, we have a very obvious case that we can point to: we know iPhones are great at protecting your data because the government couldn’t break Apple’s encryption to get into the San Bernardino shooter’s phone.
The same should be true for modern Android phones, Google took a little longer to force encryption onto their phones because they have a very wide variety of hardware and they don’t all come with the same power, but now they will have it turned on on any phone that is powerful enough to handle it.
Both iPhones and Google’s Pixel phones have a clear advantage over everyone else: when a security issue is found they can be updated right away. Android phones from other manufacturers face delays coming from Google’s software having to filter through manufacturers and service providers before they’re ready to reach the phones.
So, if data security is a priority for you, consider iPhones and Pixels above others, but any other modern Android phone should be secure too.
If you’re more comfortable using Android, take a look at phones from Samsung running NOX. That’s their custom security layer for Android. Or — don’t laugh — Android phones from Blackberry. Yes, they’re still around and have some of the best security software, all running on Android so you won’t be locked into their dying BlackBerry OS 10 ecosystem.