July 16, 2022•283 words
While I previously mentioned that I am using the monster known as Windows, I actually do run a security based OS called Graphene OS on my phone. So why do I do this?
Well, there is at least one good reason for this. While sure, I still probably have more security vulnerabilities and spyware due to using Windows, that is not the issue I am addressing with this. At the end of the day, it comes down to how I use both devices. While my desktop and to a slightly lesser degree my laptop are a lot more difficult to get access to, as for the most part they both just stay inside of my house, my phone goes around with me throughout the day. So, it is very important to me that it is encrypted well both at rest and right after use. The TLDR for drive encryption is that it is typically pretty good if it is powered off and still fully encrypted, however after you unlock it for the first time, it usually will decrypt quite a bit of your files, which makes it much more open to exploits. Graphene gets around this by allowing you to auto restart your phone after a set amount of time of no use, which forces all of the files to be re-encrypted. It also features many other device hardening features, which you can check out on their website. However, I am a bit less worried about this with my PC devices, as they are nearly always powered off when I am not using them, or at the very least inside of my house, compared to my phone which I could drop.