Android 5.0 Lollipop: The Most Secure Android to Date
Google’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop is the in thing right now for Android lovers all over the world. With the launch of the Nexus 9 the Android 5.0 Lollipop comes to life as well. With its Material Design it is probably the best looking and most intuitive mobile Operating System that the guys from Mountain View have came up with. The newest and greatest from Google is also silky smooth at the same time keeping all the good looks with it. As with the previous major releases of Android the modifications of the largest mobile Operating System in the world is more than just skin deep. With this release of the Lollipop Google focuses on security and made this one the most secure Android to date.
It is of little doubt that security with mobile Operating Systems have been a growing concern for the past year, especially with government agencies being accused of snooping around regular consumers smartphones. As with any computing device viruses, spywares, and malwares are believed to be a growing issue as well; especially on an Android. Here is the thing with Android though; according to Google’s own research there are less than 1 in 1000 devices subjected to malicious malware attacks. So all the concerns are just that, concerns.
Still Google decides that concerns are enough to go with to tighten up the security in their latest mobile Operating System. Rather than going to lengths to set up security layers, which could be an overkill sometimes and downright annoying to plenty, they made security simpler for users to access. What’s more is that encryption now comes pre-set when you purchase a new Android. But just to enhance security as a measure they decided to go with something called the SELinux. Did you hear to that you might be able to ‘kill’ your device remotely?
Setting up security codes and passwords on any device now is a matter of just clicking a few buttons and voila, you are set. That extra measure of using secure codes and passwords on your lock screen could be a life saver. Despite the simple process others view it as very much of a hassle, an extra process to access your phone functions, and so they do not set any password or security measures at all. To you people who do not set password for that reason, you will not have to worry about that with the Android 5.0 Lollipop, they have just made it so much easier to unlock your devices. With the new Smart Lock feature you can unlock your smartphone via a paired Bluetooth device, NFC, and using your body; as in your smile. Face detection with Smart Lock is nothing new in Android but this new version is claimed to be much faster. Using Bluetooth and NFC to unlock is a no brainer when it comes to unlocking speed, it is practically instant the moment you pick it up. To make life easier for you notifications now pop up on your lock screen.
Now, with every Android and iOS out there there is an encryption option for users. What it does is that it locks down information that is stored in your smartphone in the smartphone itself and nowhere else. Plus the unlocking key can only be found on your device. This saves your data from getting snooped at by the government, even Google cannot access your data if they want to. With Android of old that was just an optional function, and for those who are fanatical about safety and security it is the first thing they do with their smartphones, and it takes a while to encrypt your device depending on the amount of data present in your device. With lollipop encryption comes as standard with every single device shipped out with it. You do not even have to think about it, it just turns on when you first boot up your device. So now we with Android Lollipop we really do not have to worry about the government or any agencies for that matter snooping around our very personal data on our very private smartphone.
Making the set up for users easier may seem like a good effort but to Google it is not enough, or at least they think that it is not enough. The deployment of Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux for short) ensures that Google, as well as users can be satisfied. The usage of SELinux may not be new in Android actually since the last Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update. It just was not given as much emphasis as now. The Enforcing mode of the SELinux before was less stringent as the new Android 5.0 one. In Lollipop’s deployment of SELinux every application now has to go through the Enforcing mode of SELinux. SELinux on the new Android 5.0 also makes it easier for Android to monitor and track security attacks making it easier to deal with. Talking about security, the United States Government likes what Android does with SELinux and decided to use them as standard issue devices in their offices. With the new strengthened one, governments will like it even more. What more could be said for us?
With Apple’s iOS, you could disable the whole device itself if needed remotely. The only Android device at the time which could do that comes from HTC. This is a feature also first introduced by HTC. We liked the feature, we want the feature, now we have an answer. Of course the reason for the delay in this is also because there are so many Android phone models from different manufacturers and setting up a single “kill switch” for all the devices could be a nightmare. With Lollipop though Android is more united than ever and that allows Google to implement a “kill Switch” feature on the newer devices. There is yet to be much information about this feature in the Android 5.0 but there are talks about remote Factory Resetting your device. Using Android Device Manager you could lock your phone or maybe factory reset your device if you want to in the future. How it works have yet to be known but we will definitely update you once there are more reliable information regarding this security feature.
As said by many, Google’s new Android 5.0 Lollipop is the best release of Android so far. It is good looking, more intuitive, and simple; just a beauty to use. With the updates to security as well it is the most secure and reliable mobile Operating System from Google to date. Some people will definitely be skeptical and ask whether all these measures are necessary. They could be an overkill, but with such implementations, we think not. We think that the tight security is important but because it is so easy to use it all, it does not get in your way, or interfere with your everyday activities. It will be a simple turn on and set up for any of the measures we want. We like it and we think that security will be a second nature in our lives accompanied and pioneered by Google’s Android 5.0 Lollipop.