Facebook recently reported more than a billion unique users for its Facebook Platform Platform. That statistic stands alongside news that Google was able to serve the highest amount of real-time alerts on Twitter (even if it was only for minutes and not hours). Additionally, numerous experts suggested that the companies were at least working toward the same end of limiting the use of online apps by governments, including people who freely visit public information websites.
There’s talk now about whether information that HTTPS should be viewable to your smartphone. Equipped with a device that can deliver HTTPS to iOS and Android devices, the theory goes, HTTPS will protect your phone’s sensitive data, and more useful services. Consider some of the services that could potentially benefit from increasing visibility:
Stores: The sooner people have something to store on their phone, the faster it’ll install and get properly protected.
Games: This would be the easiest for people to install on their phones, much to the annoyance of developers. They can now download any game or application, even for free, which happens to be a pretty bad idea in the way that Apple recently publicly pointed out developers’ plans to block iOS users from having games they’ve installed for free play installed.
Email: This would be one of the most obvious applications of increased visibility: If you have an Android device, you know that you can already install third-party email services like Google Play Mail or Gmail for Android, so your email would be available to all over the Internet, it would be encrypted via HTTPS.
Security services: By letting people use their own apps without requiring them to sign in to the apps, more legitimate ones will be able to turn on HTTPS. (A growing amount of companies have also built in that ability to one create an app without the regular web browser, if for no other reason than to make people think that it’s on a reliable OS.)
If a company wants to put more secure data on your phone, but they can’t get rid of the default settings on your Android, you can also open it up by opening the iPhone, and then running the app, and disabling it, with the app on your phone instead of on your computer.
If Apple can force Android companies to offer services that use HTTPS-encrypted data, does that mean that they’ll demand similar security for iPhones?