Recently, the Android 10 operating system was released by Google to all the Pixel phones. And there are so many great updates that have come in with the new Android OS. Some of these amazing and nifty features include the smart replies in the notifications, a new gesture navigation system and the system-wide dark mode. Other than these features, this new Android OS is more focused on increasing the security and privacy of the users.
Here are some of the amazing new privacy and security upgrades in Android 10:
If you are an Android user, then you will know that you didn’t have the features to choose to allow all the apps on your phone to track your location. But this has changed in the Android 10. From this version, the users can easily allow or disallow any or all apps on their phone from tracking their location. And remember, this is only for when the application is being used. Additionally, the applications would also need to request for access explicitly in case it needs the background location access.
Yes, this implementation has been imitated from Apple by Google. But it has been done for a good reason. This helps people have much more control over their application and security. With this, the application that scans for the network using the location data will have much better protection from snooping. Although, we are hoping that the next Android version that comes out has a one-time access request for the location just like the iOS 13 has. And then the users can change the settings from the phone setting whenever they want to.
Device-Specific Security Measures
With the Android 10, all the data on the device with the OS will now have encrypted data using Google’s new Adiantum encryption method. And this new update will ensure that no hacker is able to read any data on the devices. Other than this, the update also has many robust security protocols added in it including the TLS 1.3 that has increased the security when a person is using the Internet.
Additionally, there has also been some upgrades in the Biometric API. In this, the services and apps can now use the fingerprint and face authentication for making the user experience more secure and powerful.
Limiting Application Access to External Storage
Another great upgrade in the Android 10 OS is the limited access that Google has applied for applications to access their own folders in the device storage. Basically, it means that the application will not be able to access the folders that are stored in the user’s SD card. But do not be disheartened, in case you want this feature because you can still access the media resources like videos and photos via a secured shared implementation.
Additionally, the Android 10 will stop any application from jumping in front of the queue when there is another application already running. Instead of coming up, the application will be allowed to run in the background or show only important relevant notifications. Furthermore, there are many new privacy changes that restrict access to turning the WiFi on or off and camera metadata. And if you do not want any settings as shared above, you can also edit the settings easily based on your needs through the phone settings.
Protection from Device Tracking
For increased security of your device, Android 10 offered protection from any device tracking. This means that no application can access any sensitive data like the phone’s serial number or IMEI. Also, the device’s MAC address would keep changing randomly when the device is connected to a WiFi. With this, no application can now take your identifying information and share it with remote services. It limits the chances of a person spying on you.
Recently and in the past years, there have been many security issues that came in the news. A lot of people complained about their information being leaked or used without their consent. This wasn’t just happening with the Android users but on many other platforms and OS. So, this year, Google decided to change the situation and worked hard on Android 10, creating it by focusing entirely on the security and privacy of the users.