When it comes to keeping information safe, who does it better? Google? Or, Apple? Since I trust Google for nothing, and I trust Apple’s stance on privacy and security, I’m going with what’s behind door #2.
Over 1,000 people were asked about security, encryption, and various views and habits, and it turns out that Google’s colorful, playful logo of happiness has some legs. How so?
Did you notice all those Amazon AWS commercials on television recently? That’s by design. In this particular survey, Amazon came in #2 and Apple finished in third place.
What’s going on?
It’s the same problem we have in politics and the one-person, one-vote rule. The problem with governing a country like the U.S. is less about politicians and more about those who do the electing.
Yep. The voter is the problem.
Likewise, any generalized survey of the great unwashed masses of people who know little about privacy or security or encryption will yield results that indicate one thing.
Voters are the problem. Apple needs to advertise more. And maybe color up the logo a bit.
The majority of respondents said Amazon is more likely to use encryption. Then Google. Then Apple. Now, remember that Apple is the beacon of smartphone privacy, and cannot open backdoors into encrypted iPhones, which makes the F.B.I. angry. At Apple.
Yet, the survey says nearly 30-percent of respondents thought it OK for authorities to break encryption in all circumstances whenever. That’s just creepy.
The survey came from nCipher which does this kind of trending survey from time to time. What it shows is that most people do not have an understanding of the issues, so that means survey results more similar to political surveys.
What gets me about these results is that so many people trust Google more than Apple, which makes me wonder how many of the respondents have iPhones vs. Android smartphones.
An impeachment process is going on in the U.S. The House impeaches. The Senate holds the trial. The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is the judge presiding over the trial. Yet, the jurors are collaborating with the accused, and have refused to allow witnesses.
See? The world is screwed up. Surveys don’t matter. Apparently, justice doesn’t matter, either.