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    Encryption technology for iOS is, basically, unbreakable.

    Hoping to keep Johnny Law from examining your mobile comings and goings? Use an iPhone.

    The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) in iPhones and iPad 3s is, according to Technology Review, unbreakable. 

    "I can tell you from the Department of Justice perspective, if that drive is encrypted, you're done," Ovie Carroll, director of the cyber-crime lab at the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the Department of Justice, said during his keynote address at the DFRWS computer forensics conference in Washington, D.C., last Monday. "When conducting criminal investigations, if you pull the power on a drive that is whole-disk encrypted you have lost any chance of recovering that data."

    After years of analysis -- and severely flawed iPhone product launch -- the encryption algorithm "is so strong that no computer imaginable for the forseeable future ... would be able to crack a truly random 256-bit AES key." 

    The AES key is unique to every device, and is not recorded anywhere -- not by Apple or any of its parts suppliers, according to a security  white paper: "Each step of the boot-up process contains components that are cryptographically signed by Apple to ensure integrity, and proceeds only after verifying the chain of trust."

    The real trick is making it easy for consumer to lock down all their data -- including email. Click here for a how-to.