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Android and security measures. A relationship with lights and shadows


Android security measures are late and fragmented?

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February 22, 2018

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A few hours ago, some more details were known about the advances in privacy that Android P could incorporate. User protection has been one of the most criticized aspects of green robot software and sometimes, improvements have come from public pressure and the existence of real risks that could jeopardize the stability of millions of tablets and smartphones.

In December we reviewed the most important security measures of Android Oreo. Today we will make a small compilation of the developments in this field with more impact on the latest versions and we will see if all the changes arrive in a slow and very fragmented way or, nevertheless, they are adjusted to the times and the needs that are emerging in each moment. What do you think?

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Nougat: The role of applications

The most significant improvement we can find in the seventh version of Android would be Direct boot. This feature is executed as follows: If the device is accidentally turned off, all applications and functions that were being used before this circumstance will re-execute and recover all the contents that were on the screen at that time. In addition, the installed antivirus will continue to run smoothly. On the other hand, the permissions to which applications can access are limited, prohibiting the obtaining of information such as passwords and PIN codes.

Android Marshmallow and the first permission manager

At the beginning we told you that some security news arrived due to user pressure. This is exemplified in Marshmallow. The sixth version was the first to incorporate a permission manager very simple that it gave the public the first time the possibility of choosing what information it shared and what data it did not reveal when downloading applications. This measure, over time, has proven to be very useful because in many cases, when downloading titles, developers require access to photographs, contact information or personal information.

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Lollipop and biometric patterns

In the fifth member of the family of the green robot we found a reinforcement system that established something similar to a double verification in which on the one hand, we had to introduce a password or pattern and on the other, an image of our face or fingerprint for the terminal to recognize. However, only a few devices had biometric markers at the time that Lollipop began its journey.

As you have seen, the improvements in security of the most used software in the world have been gradual and in many cases, they have not been produced on their own initiative but by the demands of millions of people. In the ninth version, the most striking thing will be the blocking of cameras and microphones, at least for now. Do you think this will be useful or should have been implemented before? We leave you with related information such as, for example, the first speculations about Android P so you can learn more.