With every new version of a mobile operating system, most users anticipate things like aesthetic changes and spiffy new features and capabilities. But there's one more issue business users should also be concerned about: security. And Google agrees.
Earlier this month, the company announced Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of the tech giant's mobile operating system. Touted as the most secure version of Android, Lollipop features advanced features that make Android devices more secure than ever.
Google revealed in a blog post the details of Lollipop's security improvements, which aim to make security easy and hands-free even for the least tech-savvy user. From smarter screen-unlocking capabilities to automatic encryption and security enforcement, here's how Lollipop can keep your device safe and secure. [Android 5.0 Lollipop: 7 Sweet Features for Business]
Advanced screen lock
Locking the screen is the single most important thing you can do to protect a mobile device. Although most devices allow users to employ PINs and passwords to prevent unauthorized access, Google says that many people consider these an inconvenience and choose to bypass the safeguards. But once that device is lost or stolen — the No. 1 security issue facing mobile users — an unlocked screen grants anyone access to your files, photos, saved passwords and other private data.
Instead, Android Lollipop comes with Smart Lock, an advanced security feature that makes it easier and a lot faster to unlock your screen. Using Smart Lock, you can unlock a Lollipop-powered device using facial expressions, such as a simple smile. You can also pair it with a Bluetooth or NFC-supported device, such as wearable devices or even your car.
Security at startup
Most mobile devices support data encryption, either as a native setting you have to enable or in the form of third-party apps that you must download and install. With Lollipop, encryption is built in and starts all by itself the moment you turn on your device.
Once a new Lollipop-powered device is booted up, its unique encryption key launches by default and automatically encrypts data in real time as you go. This eliminates the hassle of having to set up encryption yourself or manually activate it only when you think need it. The encryption key also stays with the device, ensuring its safety and that it is uniquely identified with only your device.
Auditing and monitoring
In addition to Android's popular sandboxing feature — which isolates and secures sensitive apps, documents and other data from the rest of the device — Lollipop delivers even more advanced security measures using Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux).
With this feature, Lollipop can enforce security models on all apps and data, right from the core of the Android operating system. Not only does this avoid relying on third-party security apps to keep your device secure, but it also makes it easier to audit and monitor the device from the inside out. At the same time, it provides an even protection to prevent vulnerabilities and cyberattacks.
Originally published on Business News Daily.