I have for many years been a proponent of strong encryption systems to protect peoples privacy and to secure things like financial information from prying eyes. After the revelations brought about by Edward Snowden it came t the forefront for some time in terms of the average computer user understanding the need for these systems. But as with most things in the media today the thought and care for this topic has waned after the news cycles stop focusing on it.
Yesterday Apple CEO Tim Cook posted a letter to customers outlining why they will not abide by a court order to help circumvent the security on the San Bernardino terror suspects iPhone. This has reignited the discussion on creating back-doors in software and encryption systems to allow the government to gain access to users devices/files.