Take your pick: security or privacy but not both

Apple and Google may soon be fighting a war. Data security on each of the companies' mobile devices is so secure that no one but the user can unlock the data, not even law enforcement with a warrant or the companies themselves.

Both Google and Apple say improved encryption protects users from cybercrime and hackers, but the FBI's concern is it can't access information in real-time investigations. FBI Director James Comey and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder echo the sentiment that quick access to phone data can help find and protect victims of kidnappers or sexual predators.

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Previously Apple and Google have been able to open up an encrypted device to some extent for law enforcement in order to comply with a search warrant or court order, according to Max Eddy, junior software analyst at PC Mag.

"As a nation we're more secure with more encryption. Law enforcement has been solving crimes without encryption for hundreds of years and I'm pretty confident there'll be new ways to assault these issues," Eddy said.

Eddy goes on to say that simply encrypting your phone isn't really enough to prevent anyone from getting in there. "Most phones are secured with a 4-digit pass code. It's not very hard to guess a four-digit pass code," Eddy said.