Apple encryption strikes a balance between user convenience and total security, a new study shows

A new study claims that the iPhone isn’t locked as it could be for user convenience, but there are steps you can take to protect your data.

The most important data today is encrypted at rest and end-to-end encrypted during the transfer, as with Apple’s iMessage. This means that most bad actors cannot access your most valuable data without first unlocking your device.

This system prevents all but the most serious criminals and nation states from accessing your data, but there are flaws. Once a criminal has access to a flaw, it can be exploited to gain access to sensitive data. Not all flaws lead to the complete unlock of the device, but rather expose specific data sets within the encrypted device.

A study conducted at Johns Hopkins University and reviewed by Wired describes some of the flaws in Apple’s approach. Apple uses an internal hierarchy to decide which data to receive which form of encryption.

“On iOS in particular, the infrastructure is ready for this hierarchical encryption …

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