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Google Android 5.0 Lollipop Version – Improved Security Features

Google Android 5.0 Lollipop Version – Improved Security Features
With the approaching release of Android 5.0 Lollipop version Goggle promises some extra security features, described in a blog from their Security Lead Engineer Adrian Ludwig posted on Tuesday.

“From the moment you turn on a device running Android 5.0, you’ll have a wealth of new security features protecting you, like encryption by default and a lock screen that’s easier and more powerful than ever.”, Ludwig says.

Protecting the outer core of a device will be with new Smart Lock method, including three unlocking mechanisms – Near Field Communication (NFC), Bluetooth pairing and face recognition (“simply your smile” as Ludwig jokes). Users will also be able to configure their devices to access application notifications without actually unlocking them, thus staying protected from attacks.

Closer to the inner core of the system there will be several more protection layers. After the first update with the new Lollipop version, an encryption key, unique for each device, will be installed, remaining and protecting it from then on.

“This is the safest way to encrypt your device, which is why it’s how we’ve built encryption on Android since it first launched three years ago. “ is said in Ludwig’s post.

Further to that Google’s engineers have developed Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) feature for better auditing and monitoring of the system thus providing a shield against attacks. The feature will be required for all applications on all devices.

“There are a number of other features that were added to the platform to keep your devices secure. So, not only is Lollipop is the sweetest update of Android to date, we also built in a rigid (security) Lollipop stick for the core and Kevlar wrapping on the outside—to keep you safe from the bad guys, inside and out.”, Ludwig concludes.

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Berta Bilbao

Berta is a dedicated malware researcher, dreaming for a more secure cyber space. Her fascination with IT security began a few years ago when a malware locked her out of her own computer.

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