How Smartphone Encryption Works
New operating systems have a built-in form of encryption that Apple and Google say they can't break — even when law enforcement wants in.By Zach Toombs | November 5, 2015
This video is part of a wider Scripps News investigation. Read the full report here.
Encryption isn’t just for espionage. It’s actually all around us.
On a basic level, your smartphone encrypts your texts, notes and other data whenever it’s locked, making them unreadable. It’s your password (or your thumbprint) that acts as the key to access and decrypt all that information.