Google brings new security features to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Published Date
02 - Nov - 2012
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02 - Nov - 2012
 
Google brings new security features to Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

The advent of Android 4.2Where to buy 4195 5175 5199Jelly Bean brings new security features to the platform, features that have been required for a while to protect users from the many dangers associated with malicious apps.

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Completely opt-in, the ‘verify app’ feature can be toggled from the ‘Security’ section of Android 4.2Where to buy 4195 5175 5199 settings. Each time users download and sideload an app, it is sandboxed, with virtual walls put up between the app and other software on the device. A pop-up box will then ask user if they want to check the app for potentially ‘harmful behaviour.’ The device will then send information about the device to Google’s servers, and compare it with a database of known applications.

Even if the app is not also listed on the Google Play storeWhere to buy 8399, Google is confident it can detect if it is safe or not, as the company says it is constantly scanning the web for newly appearing APKs, and has a good understanding of how the ecosystem works. If the app under scrutiny is detected as safe, the installation will continue, if it is detected as dangerous, it will prevent you installing it. If however, the app is questionably secure, but not strictly harmful, the user will have the option to continue with the installation.

According to Google, the app installation process will not be greatly slowed down by the new security process, as most of the processing happens on the company’s servers, and the user device only has to send an APK signature onward.

As for the other new security features, Google has also introduced an improved app permissions screen, for sideloaded apps, which is apparently much simpler to read than before. Android 4.2Where to buy 4195 5175 5199 also brings a scanning feature, that detects any attempt by an app to send a text message to a known fee-collecting short code (premium number), and will alert the user. The user will have the option to then allow, or deny the app from continuing with sending.

For details on the interface changes that Android 4.2 Jelly Bean brings to the platform, refer to our previous coverage.

Source: Computer World

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