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Encryption support for user data available in next update ? [duplicate]

asked 2014-03-11 14:31:38 +0300

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Will the optional [though I consider this as mandatory] encryption of the device as mentioned here [https://together.jolla.com/question/2158/optional-encryption-of-the-device/] be available in next update? Or any timeline for this feature to be available?

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The question has been closed for the following reason "duplicate question" by gabriel
close date 2014-03-16 15:14:49.653315


The question you link isn't full encryption, only data directories. Full encryption is hard, and I wouldn't expect it in the next update. Have you ever tried to fully encrypt a laptop running Linux? You'll find that it's almost impossible to fully encrypt it in the first place...

gabriel ( 2014-03-12 10:03:35 +0300 )edit

@gabriel You mean like ticking the encrypt check box in the Linux distribution installer and providing a password ? That isn't that hard IMHO. ;)

(technically this is not full as you need an unencrypted boot partition, but anything else can be encrypted - rootfs, swap, home and any other partitions. So doesn't really matter if you laptop is stolen - the thief won't get to you data.)

MartinK ( 2014-03-12 10:11:19 +0300 )edit

I meant encrypting all user data on phone including accounts information, application data and other media files. Updated question again.

jaekkay ( 2014-03-12 10:23:56 +0300 )edit

@gabriel almost impossible? Well, I didn’t know that, so I just did it (and without a “checkbox in install wizard”, which in fact doesn’t encrypt the whole system, only the userdir).

More information (in french): http://gordon.re/tag/luks.html

gordon ( 2014-03-12 14:58:39 +0300 )edit

gordon: so, you didn't then, because you can't encrypt the boot loader :-) the key word is "almost" here - most of my laptop is encrypted, although arguably you can still inject malicious code in the boot loader and do nasty things while the kernel is loading. On mobile devices, however, things change as everything is custom (no BIOS/EFI/etc.), although Jolla follows the Android way of things (fastboot or whatever). Anyway, I doubt that this goes in the next release as it isn't trivial.

gabriel ( 2014-03-12 16:08:04 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-03-14 16:38:58 +0300

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What is the point of this being a separate question? are you just trying to promote your status?

I recommend this question be marked as a duplicate!

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@dsilveira Yes please! I just wanted to know the status of features that I am interested so that I can make my phone more usable on day to day life! I hope you would understand this! Question has nothing to do with the status whatsoever you are talking about. Also, my question is about availability and the referred question is about feature-request IMO

jaekkay ( 2014-03-14 17:00:57 +0300 )edit

Well, you can't promote your status with a wiki question, however, I do agree that this is a duplicate after the clarification that this isn't full encryption. Regarding status, it's best to check/request for tags (such as jan14, mar14). Can I close this as duplicate please?

gabriel ( 2014-03-16 12:50:32 +0300 )edit

@gabriel yes, I am fine with that.

jaekkay ( 2014-03-16 13:27:36 +0300 )edit

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