Google offers Adiantum Mobile Security to entry-level Android smartphones

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Google LLC has made it official that it is going to offer Adiantum mobile security to entry-level Android smartphones developed to encrypt data on devices that do not operate on the latest ARMv8 Processors. The objective of the latest offering is to secure devices that are unable to support Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) that are being used on today’s smartphones and tablets.

Security experts feel that ‘Adiantum’ is being targeted at those phones that run on the ARM Cortex-A7 Processors that lack specialized hardware needed to run AES. So, mainly this security offering is being offered at smart watches and smart TVs as well as low-end phones.

“In general, AES encryption is said to be running too slow on these devices making it longer for apps to launch and freezing the entire device at some point of time. To counter all such issues Google has decided to use Adiantum to protect the online privacy and digital identities of its users”, said Eugene Liderman, Director of Mobile Security Strategy, Android Security & Privacy Team.

It helps in protecting the local data without impacting the device performance at any stage,  Liderman said.

Technically speaking, Adientum relies on the new ChaCha 20 Stream Cipher technology devised to offer strong encryption on low-end devices without negatively impacting low-end devices and the speed of the phone.

Those interested in learning more about the code of Adiantum can search for it on GitHub.