AES, or Advanced Encryption Standards, is a cryptographic cipher that is responsible for a large amount of the security that you use on a daily basis without even knowing it. AES is in use by everyone from the NSA to Microsoft and Apple and is one of the most important cryptographic algorithms being used.
There are a lot of common uses for AES encryption, some use less secure variants of AES while some like Kryptall use a highly secure version like AES 254. If any of you have ever downloaded a file off the internet or someone emailed you and then gone to open that file only to notice that the file was compressed, then you have likely installed software that relies on AES encryption. Common compression tools like WinZip, 7 Zip, and RAR allow you to compress and decompress files in order to optimize storage space, and nearly all of them use AES to ensure file security.
VPNs or Virtual Private Networks are another common use of AES encryption. A VPN is a software tool that allows you to use an internet connection to connect to a more secure network. A VPN works by creating a “tunnel” between your public network connection and an encrypted network on a server operated by the VPN provider.
Our favorite use of AES 256 encryption is the global secure network that powers our KryptAll phones. This unique system, known and trademarked as KryptAll®, starts with a firmware-modified iPhone that encrypts the audio of the call so that it is not comprehensible to anybody but to the direct party involved. KryptAll® employs certified and universally accepted TLS and SRTP encryption algorithms. The privacy of the phone call is further guaranteed by using an encrypted global infrastructure of servers physically located in over ten nations where telephone interception and tapping is not permitted by law and built so that any internal or external tampering is impossible.
How Secure Is AES 256 Encryption
With the always increasing occurrence of cyber-attacks and the growing concerns surrounding information security, it is more important now than ever before to have a strong understanding of the systems that will keep you and your personal information safe. AES is here to stay. Understanding how it works, and how it can work for you, will help you to maximize your digital security and mitigate your vulnerability to online attacks.
In the end, AES has never been cracked and is safe against any brute force attacks contrary to belief and arguments. However, the RSA key size used for encryption should always be large enough that it could not be cracked by modern computers despite considering advancements in processor speeds based on Moore's law, which is the observation that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit double about every two years. The larger the key is, the longer it will take to crack. For more information see our page on How Safe is AES Encryption?
At KryptAll, we have the additional information from articles, media releases, videos, and slideshows to inform our patrons about the benefits of using encrypted phones. Check out our Frequently Asked Questions section where we answer many questions about our phones and encryption solutions.