US privacy and computer security advocate Micah Lee describes himself, amongst other things, as “a staff technologist for EFF and the project maintainer of HTTPS Everywhere.”
In other words, he has a healthily holistic view of the use of encryption on the internet.
So it wasn’t surprising, earlier this week, to see him post a suggestion to the Android Open Source Project about security.
His suggestion was entitled “Backup and restore” should offer encrypted backups.
Most users, however, probably have it enabled because it is, as Micah points out, very convenient.
The idea is that if you lose your device, or merely feel the need to reflash it, you can much more quickly get back to where you were.