With the ever-increasing number of cyber threats looming over the internet, maintaining the security and privacy of your mobile devices is becoming more critical than ever. Android, one of the most popular mobile operating systems globally, has just released a new update that addresses security concerns and enhances privacy features.
One of the most notable changes in the latest update is the addition of ‘Google Play Protect,’ a malware scanning feature that constantly scans your device to ensure that all apps installed are verified and trustworthy. This feature acts as a shield against malicious apps and keeps your device safe from any hacking attempts.
Moreover, in Android 11, the user will have greater control over app permissions. Users can now grant one-time permissions for apps to access sensitive information, such as location, camera, or microphone. Once the app is closed, the permission is automatically revoked, and the app will have to request access to that information again.
The update also includes improvements in the biometric security department. It now becomes possible to use biometric authentication to grant access to various apps inside the device, such as banking apps. The biometric data is then matched with a digital token generated for that specific app, adding an extra layer of security to the app login process.
Android’s privacy-centric feature now includes a dedicated section for all of these security features called ‘Privacy.’ It becomes easily accessible inside the device’s settings, where users can manage their privacy settings in one place.
Additionally, a new feature called ‘Scoped Storage’ has been added to the Android update. Scoped Storage provides users with an extra layer of protection by restricting apps from accessing unnecessary files on their devices. This feature is designed to protect users’ private information from malicious apps and prevent unauthorized access to potentially sensitive files.
In the face of increasing cyber threats, Android’s new update is a welcome addition to the operating system. With its enhanced biometric and malware detection capabilities, one-time permissions, and Scoped Storage, Android 11 has taken steps forward to prioritize user privacy and security. These features will go a long way in ensuring that users’ private information stays private, and their devices remain safe from malicious apps and cyber attacks.