- Google announces Adiantum encryption for low-powered devices.
- It will be used for less-powerful devices like phones, TVs and smartwatches.
- Adiantum is named after the genus of the maidenhair fern.
February 5 was Safer Internet Day and Google decided to make privacy and security a week long affair with the announcement of new tools and services. The company has now announced Adiantum, a new form of encryption that has been built for less powerful devices like entry level smartphones and other smart devices like TVs and smartwatches. The new method is said to be designed such that there is no need to use specialised hardware for efficient encryption of locally stored data. “Adiantum is an innovation in cryptography designed to make storage encryption more efficient for devices without cryptographic acceleration, to ensure that all devices can be encrypted”.