Hundreds of thousands Intel File Protect app users risk losing their files

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Intel’s File Protect app, which encrypts files on smartphones, will be discontinued and due to that hundreds of thousands of users risk losing their files. The app, available for Android and iOS will be discontinued from the 10th of November and any data that isn’t exported before that date will be lost.

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I don’t see any reason why users couldn’t keep using this app after it’s discontinuation date. After all, what good does it do for users to not be able to decrypt their files after the fact?

I’m going to take a guess and say this app is probably tied into some DRM nonsense, which in turn probably requires downloading code from a server to run. This is a very short-sited way of writing apps, and all-too-frequently results in frustrating situations like this one. IMHO anything that can be done without relying on internet servers should be done without relying on internet servers. It’s the only way to make sure a random sever outage can’t cause an app to cease working.