“Apple is deepening support for encryption in its [Macs] and [iOS] devices with the introduction of Apple File System (APFS), a new file system that will replace the existing HFS+ file system from next year,” Graeme Burton reports for V3.

“APFS has been ‘engineered with encryption as a primary feature,’ according to Apple, adding extra encryption features into the file system that will make it easier for users to encrypt files,” Burton reports. “However, it may also reignite disputes with law enforcement and security agencies over backdoors for encrypted communications and devices.”

Burton report, “‘On OS X, full disk encryption has been available since OS X 10.7 Lion. On iOS, a version of data protection that encrypts each file individually with its own key has been available since iOS 4. APFS combines both of these features into a unified model that encrypts file system metadata,’ explained the [APFS] guide. ‘APFS supports encryption natively. You can choose one of the following encryption models for each volume in a container: no encryption, single-key encryption, or multi-key encryption with per-file keys for file data, and a separate key for sensitive metadata. APFS encryption uses AES-XTS or AES-CBC, depending on the hardware. Multi-key encryption ensures the integrity of user data even when its physical security is compromised.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Good.

As we wrote last October:

Too many people do not realize how lucky we are that Tim Cook is CEO of Apple Inc. No matter what else Cook does, as long as he holds his ground on this issue [strong encryption], he’s one of the greatest CEOs in history. We need and are lucky to have a man with a strong backbone to stand up to this constant pressure from misguided government spies who’re hell bent on running roughshod over the U.S. Constitution and U.S. citizens’ rights.

Furthermore, the friends and family members of all terrorism victims should be incensed that the U.S. federal government would seek to abuse such tragic deaths in a despicable ploy to sway a confused portion of the public to support the trampling of their own rights (as the gov’t tried after San Bernadino).

Just because they’re “in the government” doesn’t make them smarter. Oftentimes, the inverse is true. For example, the feds were all over the last Islamic terrorist to hit the U.S. (Orlando) and they still fecklessly blew it.

The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would steal them away. — Ronald Reagan

Those who wrongheadedly agree with shortsighted and/or disingenuous government hacks need to realize that they are working to deliver EXACTLY WHAT THE TERRORISTS SEEK TO ACHIEVE WITH THEIR MURDEROUS RAMPAGES: LOSS OF FREEDOM.

Encryption is either on or off. There is no such thing as a backdoor that’s only for “the good guys.”

Don’t be blind. Don’t be stupid. Don’t be weak.

Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! – Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin

Visit the Apple-backed reformgovernmentsurveillance.com today.

Buh-bye HFS+, hello APFS (Apple File System) for macOS! – June 14, 2016
Apple can do better than Sun’s ZFS – October 26, 2009
Apple discontinues ZFS project, turns attention to own next-gen file system – October 24, 2009
Apple’s Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server’s ZFS goes MIA – June 9, 2009