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Google is stepping up its smartphone security in a BIG way. But will your phone get it?

Google is stepping up its smartphone security in a BIG way. But will your phone get it?
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If you have an iPhone, you're in luck when it comes to encryption. That's a system where data like your username and password are scrambled to look like something else.

Encryption is a really important tool in keeping your identity private, and your sensitive financial records from getting in the hands of cybercriminals and hackers. Apple encrypts your data by default, so your data is secure.

In fact, Apple executives recently told a U.S. federal judge that, because of its improved encryption, 90% of iPhones that use its iOS 8 or higher operating system are "impossible" to break into without a passcode. Not so for Android smartphones.

In fact, Google has stumbled in ensuring that its smartphones are encrypted. Although, it is starting to catch up to Apple.

With its previous operating system, Android 5 (or Lollipop), Google said last fall that all Android devices would be encrypted by default. But, by this past spring, Google said it could not promise to encrypt Android devices by default.

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