High-security solutions for Android
In 2017, Google registered over 2 billion active Android devices achieving the largest reach of any computing platform of its kind. Android powers not only smartphones but also TVs, smartwatches, cars, and even refrigerators.
As an open OS there exists the persistent rumor that Android would be more susceptible to malware than other proprietary mobile OS. Google argues that a 'walled garden' systems approach would contradict with Android's open innovation concept - "making it impossible to create such a walled garden by locking down Android at the device level". By using the immense amount of device data Google collects, they are able to apply significantly more precise heuristics to spot malware than PC security providers.
Android's built-in security concept
Android employs different security layers to make sure that potentially harmful applications are filtered out before causing any damage on the device:
The graphic above (property of Google) shows the security layers and the frequency they provide the user with protection decreasing from left to right. For instance, Google Play already covers the majority of Android users protection-wise. However, Android's Open Innovation policy requires that users also need to be able to install applications outside of the Play Store. In those cases the other security layers still protect the user even after a harmful application was installed. Through sandboxes and security checks during runtime any harm on the device is minimized.
Instead of trying to block all potential harmful software, Android relies on their security layers. While monitoring device and installation data Google is able to continuously improve those layers.
Security and the end-user
No matter how well the security layers are implemented, the end-user is and will always be the weakest link. On the one hand, the majority of users is not aware of the extent of the potential harm that can be caused by careless behavior. On the other hand, end-users should not have to deal with advanced security measures when using a system.
"Our goal is not to try to make users think about security, it's to make them safe and get out of the way so they can do the things they really want to do on Android."
Adrian Ludwig, Google
We agree with this view on security. Companies have to make sure their systems are developed sufficiently secure under the hood while designing a user interface that prevents users from making mistakes that could cause harm in any way.
Seccoco - Easy Encryption
The concept of Seccoco is complementing Android's security. Seccoco stands for SEcure COntainer COnnect and lets Android developers apply state of the art encryption to their projects.
Read more under seccoco.com.
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