When the US District Court of Central California ordered Apple to assist the FBI in unlocking a phone that beloged to one of the San Bernadino shooters, CEO Tim Cook announced that the company would oppose the order. "For many years, we have used encryption to protect our customers' personal data because we believe it's the only way to keep their information safe," Cook wrote in a statement. "We have even put that data out of our own reach, because we believe the contents of your iPhone are none of our business."
The Department of Justice filed a motion on Friday to compel Apple to comply.
There's another way that customers can protect their private communications from the government—and Apple: Use proper encryption tools.
Reason TV recently put together a handy guide for how to chat anonymously online: