Android 8.0 is very exciting, from its better notification control to picture-in-picture capability, improved auto-fill functionality, and so much more. Although these features are mind-blowing, a number of notable security enhancements are being included by Android, and these additions are ones you cannot afford to miss.
What are these enhancements anyway?
Improved Booting Security
In 2013, the Verified feature for boot was introduced to Android, and it has experienced significant evolution since that year. This feature carries out a swift inspection of the Android device’s software before it comes up.
Since the older Android versions had several loopholes, there are a lot of security risk your device can be exposed to. However, the Verified Boot function acts to restrict the device from starting once an OS revert to an old version is detected. This security upgrade prevents any attempts of exploitation on your device and data just by rebooting your system.
You need not worry about a compromise in your device’s security due to physical attacks, that aspect is covered by the new Oreo with its chip-based add-on that strengthens a Android device’s security. Hackers will have a hard time raiding your device by tampering or any other physical manipulation, with the introduction of the chip technology into the security system of supported devices, there is increase in users protection.
Stricter App Permissions
There is now a limit to what apps can access your data, with the new Android System Alert Window Feature. You will now learn to resist the urge to click ‘OK’ during app installation, especially when there is request to permit access to your data and other fictions on your device.
Although the older Android OS had a similar system alert that allows apps and programs to relate with users through pop-up boxes or elements that are quite similar which fill the entire screen of the device, there were some setback. Android developers realised that the pop-up boxes could be abuse, especially by hacker who could easily convert them into applications that are legitimate.
Oreo’s System Alert Window have pop-up boxes that are modified. Since they pop-ups are now easy to dismiss, It limits the amount of clicks malicious apps can gain after they trick and entice user.
Two-factor Authentication Support
Two-factor verification adds extra layer of protection to access an account protected by password, and it is now a standard feature in cyber security. It functions in a way that a user is prompted to enter additional information to another device (example, a smartphone) or any other device, that would strictly belong to the account owner.
Although it is functional on few supported apps, Android 8.0 features a verification process that is in two steps. This allows for a security key which can link an Android device without hassle. It won’t be long before other apps implement it as a compulsory security protocol.
To sandbox in security terms simply means to, isolate areas within a software or system that has problems or have been compromised, placing them in some form of quarantine.
The sandboxing potentials of Android Oreo is beefed up by designating a filter which secures the OS’s command centre from being accessed by malicious apps. Therefore, there would be limited interaction with other safe apps and the system.
These security upgrades might not be the most significant features on the Android Oreo, however, they are worthwhile. Do not hesitate to learn more about your device’s system and its features today.