Apple’s iMessage system is a security risk, but Google’s new mobile phone encryption system is more important than ever, the company’s chief executive said.
Photo: Bloomberg Apple has long struggled to keep secrets and has come under scrutiny in recent years for failing to properly safeguard users’ communications.
The company has had to spend years on a project that has created a digital version of the Watergate break-in, but its secret encryption is a significant security threat for the digital era.
The problem for Apple is that many of the people who have used its products are now mobile phones, so the company is now facing a crisis of trust.
Mr Cook said Apple was working on a new security protocol to protect communications on smartphones, which he said was an “emerging technology”.
The protocol would be “more robust than what we have seen before” and would be compatible with other messaging systems, he said.
“The technology is not ready, and it’s a lot of work,” Mr Cook said.
“We need to have an architecture that allows us to have security in the phone system that’s also reliable for our customers and that can withstand the kind of abuse that we see today.”
The company has said it has deployed its new system on all iPhone models.
The new technology is also available for Android phones.
The technology uses hardware to store and access messages that have been sent between the two parties, but it also encrypts messages with a secure digital key, which is used to protect the communication from eavesdropping.
This key is then used to encrypt messages with an encryption algorithm, which the phone can use to make a call.
A message is encrypted using a code, called a key, that is created when the two sides agree on the parameters of the call.
This code is then sent to the phone by the sender and receiver and stored on the device.
Apple has said that messages sent by its users are encrypted using an algorithm called Message Authentication Code (MAC) that is also used by Apple’s iOS operating system.
The message is then encrypted with an algorithm that is used by the smartphone to make the call, and then encrypted using the key.
When a user uses an Apple device to make or receive a call, the user can verify the authenticity of the message and the cryptographic key associated with it using an app that comes preinstalled on the phone.
After the device is connected to the internet, a phone call can be made using the Apple mobile app, and the two phones can talk over the phone using an encrypted connection.
The key for a message is stored on a phone that has a special keypad on the back.
The phone can be switched to the “keyed” mode, which means the keys are not encrypted, allowing the phone to talk to a different device.
If someone steals a message from a user, they can access it by simply taking it from the device, and they can decrypt the message with an app, said Paul Thurrott, the chief technology officer at the Australian Privacy Foundation, which advocates for greater privacy.
He said the problem for the company was that many users have already turned their devices into a mobile communication platform, and that some devices were not secure enough to make this work.
Apple has said its new encryption system would only be used in “private conversations” and that it would not be used by any government.
“If you have a company that has no responsibility for anything that happens to the people it deals with, you can’t trust that it’s going to protect those people,” he said, adding that the company would have to be able to “demonstrate it’s safe”.
“And it’s not going to be safe for a lot people to be relying on it, and I’m not going for that.”
Apple, Google, Microsoft and Twitter also face growing pressure to encrypt their communications.
Apple, for example, announced a plan last year to make its iCloud service encrypted and would also be forced to help government agencies decrypt messages.
While Apple has been a pioneer in mobile communications, it has struggled to secure them over the past several years.
In September last year, Google was forced to disclose that it had secretly helped law enforcement agencies decrypt encrypted emails sent to journalists.
And in April this year, Apple’s security systems were discovered to be vulnerable to hacking, and were not updated.
But Mr Cook pointed out that the encryption protocols Apple developed for mobile devices had already been used by other tech giants such as Google and Facebook.
“[It’s] not like Google or Facebook has a monopoly on the technology, it’s the market and the choice that the market has,” he told The ABC.
Google, which made headlines in 2015 when it admitted to the FBI that it was storing users’ messages, is now under pressure to release information about its encryption systems.
The American tech giant has also been