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N8 Symbian Anna 'Encryption Function' what does it...

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N8 Symbian Anna 'Encryption Function' what does it do ?

I think since the Anna update there is the option for Encryption of Phone Memory, Mass Storage and Memory Card. This is via settings/phone/phone management/security settings/encryption.

 

I've enabled this (and it takes a while to complete depending on how much data you have) but I can still access all data easily via the phone or via OVI suite when attached to a PC with out any prompt for access.

 

The only thing I can see it does is to force the phone lock on with a password and sets a max time out of 20 mins although you can adjust that downwards. I can't find any info in the phones built in user guide as to what purpose this serves, other than the phone lock with password being set to on, which I could set up anyway. Can anyone enlighten me further, thanks.

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martinderm
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Re: N8 Symbian Anna 'Encryption Function' what does it do ?

I am at the moment looking for info on Symbian Encryption.

 

What I recall from the past (S603rd encryption) is that the filesystem is actually encrypted (special hardware built in) and that the phone lock key unlocks the encryption key when the phone is started. 

 

There is also the possibity to sae the encryption key of the sdhc card.

 

Does anyone have detailed infos on the encryption system?

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hmnt
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Re: N8 Symbian Anna 'Encryption Function' what does it do ?

I've enabled it as well on all 3 storage cards, so far i don't see any performace issues, so it looks promising.. 

Note that you can't access the cards when the lockcode is activated (neither from pc/ovi). 

 

Just the lock code makes sure that no one can access your phone if lost, but they'll still be able to take out the memory, and put it in another device (easy with sd, slighly more dificult with the build in memory). Encrypting the memory will avoid this, and data can't be accessed. 

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Re: N8 Symbian Anna 'Encryption Function' what does it do ?

Ok thanks that explains it's use, although I noticed if the N8 is already connected to your PC or OVI Suite and the phone lock enables after the 20mins default or less that is set, then the files are accessible. But if it is already locked then the files are not accessible when you connect N8 to PC or OVI Suite.

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hmnt
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Re: N8 Symbian Anna 'Encryption Function' what does it do ?

yeah that actually makes sence, thinking that some data transfers (like maps) may take more then 20 minutes..

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diamant01
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Re: N8 Symbian Anna 'Encryption Function' what does it do ?

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Symbian latest phones use hardware encryption. It is not just the lock function that many phones have. If your SD card is encrypted and you remove it, it would be unusable. If you put it into your computer or another phone, it will say card corrupted. If you put it in another Symbian phone, it will say your card is encrypted and ask you to provide a key. The key is saved on your C drive in Others.

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